Vanity pressings
Great cover versions
Well-intentioned effort
Style over skill
Derivative Sound
Bands that break up after that brief spark
The Garage
High School Talent Shows
The Yamaha synth you got for your Bar Mitzvah
The Guitar Center at the Mall
Polyester and Corduroy
Local Success

Major Labels
Creative Differences
Being grounded

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Mel Schranz was born in Freemont, California and currently works there in his third generation family shmata business. He is a regular contributor to the letters page of his local newspaper and spends his free time jamming with friends at the neighborhood bar under the collective name GROUND ZERO. His adolescent love for Kiss, Zeppelin, and Uriah Heep has never left him. He was turned onto Rock ‘n’ Roll by his older brother who persuaded him at an early age that he was the lead singer in Boston.

Mervyn Tonin is a music writer, historian, and phlebotomist based in Brooklyn, New York. According to his ex-girlfriend, he is blessed with “the body of Howard Jones, the mind of Nik Kershaw, and the face of Allison Moyet.” His influences include Heaven 17, Shalamar, and the Dixie Chicks.


If you were in a band… we want to hear from you.

We don’t care whether your band’s attempted sound was Zeppelin, The Dead, Poison, KRS-ONE, Billy Joel, Huey Lewis, Depeche Mode, the Pixies, or Pavement.

We love you just the same if your band became the stuff or local legend or if it lasted little longer than the time it took to snap the photograph.We don’t care whether the band recorded original material or covers.We only care that you give us the chance to pay homage to your greatness.

We are driven by a blind belief that each Band, each Gig, each Song, deserves its own Behind the Music.

What are we looking for?
Music – recorded live or in the studio
Ephemera: concert posters, buttons
Tall tales of band life, from formation to disintegration

The easiest way is to send scans (300 dpi and above) of your favorite images and MP3’s of any songs you have access to is by clicking here. Add a few words about your band’s story, influences, sound, greatest moment, and how you know that you had reached the end of the road.

You can mail in photos, t-shirts, or other ephemera if you prefer. We will scan and return. We promise that we will look after your stuff as if it were our own. Our postal is:
110 E 59th
26 floor
NYC 10022

Please, please, please, be in touch with any questions at all, and SPREAD THE WORD…