Merlin’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.
Merlin’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.
Published 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.
Young 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.