The Offense Book of Books
by Tim Anstaett
The Offense was an alternative music fanzine published by Tim Anstaett in Columbus, Ohio between April, 1980 and March, 1982. Most of its fifteen issues identified themselves as books, and therefore this two-volume collection of all of their 888 pages is titled The Offense Book of Books. The first eight issues appear in their entireties in Volume One, and the ninth through fifteenth issues are fully included in Volume Two.
The first issue of The Offense was completely handwritten by Tim. Rather sloppily put together, it featured scene reports that he had written about towns that he had recently visited with a local Columbus band that had gone on a brief statewide tour. However, by the fanzine's eighth issue its looks had greatly improved, circulation had increased to 1,000, and four distributors had come aboard, which helped the publication to become nationally and internationally known. It was called The Offense because its mission was to go on the offensive and help spread the word about all of the great new music that was happening. Following the debacle that was its first issue, the ones that followed regularly included heated letters to the editor; freewheeling interviews; analytical record, cassette, and live reviews; and scene reports written by people who actually lived in the cities that they wrote about.
Volumes One and Two
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This product was added to our catalog on Thursday 03 January, 2019.