There’s no need to write down about the importance of the fanzines during the 90’s.
A mainstream record release is something that people will get to know soon but in the underground, things move slow.
The Woodstock festival, in 1969, was promoted by fanzines for at least 6 months.
Mainstream means someone has the money to buy time.
Underground means that someone has the time but no money.
Mainstream means you do your best to make money someone else.
Underground means you spend money to do your best.
Of course, in the underground you’re free to do what you want.
People will prove you right by supporting you or wrong by not doing so.
Most of the people that were writing for the Greek fanzines were having fun.
They were creating a big company of friends and they didn’t mind exposing themselves in ways that the mainstream mags wouldn’t dare to do.
Like this young man here, on the photo, who published his picture from his summer vacations in one of the “Stis Skies tou B23” issue.
He was one of the two publishers and drummer of a h/c band.
His name is Giannis Kolovos.
On the other hand, preparing a fanzine was always a pain in the ass.
Gathering any information they could (no internet available yet), doing interviews, writing reviews, paying for the fanzine to be printed with money coming out from their own pocket….never in time and always late…
Sometimes the “new” bands they were writing about no longer existed.
The publisher of the next fanzine summed all his troubles in the name of his fanzine: “Γολγοθας” (engl. Golgotha).
Because Golgotha is a place of suffering and sacrifice…
The first issue of this fanzine was “published” in the early 90’s.
It started as a black and white 48 pages fanzine to become a 64 pages publishing with colored cover but black and white glossy pages.
In the beginning “Golgothas” was interviewing mostly Greek rock bands and reviewed foreign releases.
The team of the fanzine joined forces a little later with the team of an other fanzine, “Roller Coaster”.
The last issue I have, came out under the names of both fanzines and it was focus mostly on foreign artists than on Greek rock bands.
Probably they stopped publishing it soon after that.