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Rock 'n' Roll writing about Pop Culture Matters

begins

Writers Alarcon and Lamontpaul founded outsideleft in 2004, an internet age ago. Conceived as a fanzine firmly in the corner of the kind of pop culture fewer people care about. Rock 'n' Roll writing about Pop Culture Matters was the mantra and a journey began to change some small part of the world they inhabited.

outsideleft?

An outside left is a winger, an outlier, an alchemist, a nonconformist, the last name on the team sheet a thriller of the masses in pink leather boots, a sure and sometimes unreliable source of inspiration and now an online magazine of sometimes ill-repute. one outside left once claimed to have spent a fortune on women and booze, and the rest, he said, he just wasted. we know what he meant.

since then

outsideleft got its thumbprints on the web on clung on. lots of writers have come and mostly gone on to better things. for others their brush with outsideleft was enough to convince them that the romance of rocknroll writing was not all it might be. mercifully for us all. corporations took over the internet. phones took over the internet. tablets took over from phones. your digital assistant possibly found this for you and is reading it to you. corporations took over from people. most people stood still while thinking they were moving. a lot of people began to look backwards over their shoulders instead of forwards and thought they liked what they saw. things didn't go as planned.

there were four chronicles of our content out there

although due to our ineptitude, now only three that you can collect.
The First Annual Outsideleft Hardy Annual - a collection of articles from year one of outsideleft.
Darkness Racket and Twang (Essential Listening from the Fringes of Popular and Unpopular Music) - Alex V. Cook (paperback/kindle)
Everyday I Atrophy - Chris Connolly

and now and next

we don't know yet

Spoon and Interpol: Grounds for Concern
Spoon and Interpol both released serviceable records that send me off looking for things that are more than serviceable.
Playing to the Chaplain
David Benjamin Blower performs We Really Did This and We Really Existed at Warwick University
Do Anybody Make Real Shit Anymore? – The Music of 2007
Kanye West asked the question while failing to answer it. Alex V. Cook sifts through the rubble to find meaning the music of 2007.
Kleenex Dirham
Embracing Ones Inner-Windmill Guitar Technique
Neo power-pop mavericks Mazarin make it safe to get out that air guitar again
This is the Sea
Jason Lewis writes, The Penguin Cafe's improbable backstory leads to The Imperfect Sea
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