OC covers it all, from the old guys—Duane Eddy, Scotty Moore, Billy Lee Riley—to the updaters—Brian Setzer, Boz Boorer, Marshall Crenshaw. News, reviews, and interviews covering anything with a pompadour—dead or alive.
From 1993 to 2001, music fanzine Original Cool dove headlong into all styles of rip-roarin' rockabilly, swing, and rock & roll—vintage to neo. Chock full of interviews with artists old and new, plus album and concert reviews, news, and so much more, every issue was "timely and informative, the writing always first-rate and refreshingly offbeat," raved Request magazine.
Now, after more than a decade, all forty-four jam-packed issues of Original Cool are available once more. Whether you're a fan of the rock & roll trailblazers, the contemporary reinterpreters, or both, you're guaranteed to find something to love within the smokin' pages of Original Cool.
Rare and collectible, covering all the original cool, check out every red-hot issue right here!
You do a great job, and it still thrills me to see a picture of some young rockin' band burnin' the house down!
Original Cool was founded by music journalist and author Susan VanHecke, who wrote most of the material in the fanzine's earliest issues. She was soon joined by veteran music scribes Ken Burke, author of Country Music Changed My Life: Tales of Tough Times and Triumph from Country's Legends, and Gary Pig Gold.
Original Cool ceased publication as Susan focused on penning books for young readers and adults. Her titles for young people include Raggin' Jazzin' Rockin': A History of American Musical Instrument Makers (Boyds Mills, 2011) and Rock 'N' Roll Soldier (HarperTeen, 2009), a Vietnam War memoir for young adults written with veteran Dean Ellis Kohler, foreword by Graham Nash. Susan's books for adults include Race With The Devil: Gene Vincent's Life In The Fast Lane (St. Martin's Press, 2000), adapted into an award-winning screenplay; Three Steps to Heaven: The Eddie Cochran Story, with Bobby Cochran; and Roadwork: Rock & Roll Turned Inside Out (Hal Leonard, 2007)/Raising Hell on the Rock 'n' Roll Highway (Omnibus UK, 2009), with rock photographer Tom Wright, foreword by Pete Townshend of the Who. Of Roadwork, Barnes & Noble Booksellers CEO Steve Riggio said it's "probably the best book on rock & roll ever published."
This rockabilly-focused rock and roll 'zine is full of grace, charm, style, reviews, news and more. Hip stuff for the rockabilly scene.