Merlin’s Music Box

08 Feb

merlins1Merlin’s Music Box published its first issue in October 1989.
By some weird coincidence, its second issue came out during February 1989…
Its not a mistake.
Yiannis Kastanaras, first published the second issue and then the first one.
The pics here will prove me right.

merlins2Merlin’s Music Box was based in Athens and it started as a b/w 32 pages fanzine
to become a multicoloured 80 pages mag a few years later.

It was dealing with bands such as the Trilobites, Nirvana, Fugazi, Fuzztones, MC5,
Last Drive, Deus X Macina, Dead Moon, Wedding Presnt and many more.

merlins10Published every 3 or 4 months per year, it reached a circulation of about 4000 copies and lasted
till the mid 90’s maybe 1997-98.
Strangely it was subtitled by the line “We are the goverment and we Rock’n’Roll”…
I believe that it is obvious now, how powerfull the Greek scene was back in those years, as
there were so many fanzines coming out, cheap or expensive, releasing records or not.
There were record labels paying them for advertisement and there was an audience interested to read
what all these fanzines were writing about.

scan0001Young photographers,journalist wannabees, vinyl junkies, music lovers were all working united for these
fanzines that were giving information to the ones who cared about what was going on in the international
underground rock scene.


Posted by on February 8, 2009 in Publications



7 responses to “Merlin’s Music Box

  1. Harry Stouraitis

    June 15, 2014 at 10:20 pm

    I have issues 6 to 26 (no 22) for sale! Only for true collectors! Or trade with Greek games,boardgames,figures,dolls,Playmobils,Bibibo,Sindy etc….!

  2. sinnaa

    June 21, 2014 at 6:43 pm

    Best of luck, Harry! 🙂

  3. Mitch Cooper

    June 24, 2014 at 9:32 pm

    Id like to get the issue with THE INN are they still around?? Mitch 704 790 9893 usa

  4. Cor Gout

    June 25, 2015 at 1:25 pm

    Can you please give me a contact of Yannis Kastanaras? He once wrote fine reviews on the records of my band Trespassers W. I want to ask him if he wants to contribute to a series for a book: ’10 moments musical that changed my life’. Only rock critics that I respect will be in it.
    Thank you very much in advance,
    Cor Gout, Trespassers W

  5. panole8riambos

    June 25, 2015 at 4:56 pm


    You can reach him on facebook.
    Here is his link:

    Thank you for geting in touch.

  6. philippe petit

    January 6, 2022 at 9:45 pm

    I used to be a contributor and wonder what happened to Yannis, anyone knows?

  7. panole8riambos

    January 9, 2022 at 8:59 am

    Yannis is fine and told me to give you his best. You can always find Merlin’s Music Box on line ( and on facebook.


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