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I’d be happy to hear from anyone who would be interested in working on the OP magazine archives with me. I’m just a little short on time right now, having a few balls in the air. And really, things are just so much more fun when you’re working with others!

Realistically, if I go it alone, the process will need to wait until next summer, or at least it looks that way at this point. I would love to hear from anyone wishing to collaborate.

Must have an interest in the independent radio and DIY scenes of the late 70s and early 80s!

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Due to the kindness of strangers, it would appear that I’ll be able to archive all of the OPs. It will still be a while before they’re all posted for public consumption but there will be no missing issues.

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More on the process of archiving these darn things…

In the interest of longer term efficiency on my part, and accessibility on the part of the reader/researcher, it makes the most sense to build a website to house the digital copies of the OPs rather than provide written run-downs of them and/or post them here blog-style.

The digitization of the tabloid-sized formatted issues is near completion but I’m still waiting for the delivery of one issue (ho-hum) and have yet to track down a copy of “E.” That might take months to find so the full run, or at least the newsprint issues, will not be available anytime soon.  But…with the exception of the yet-to-find “E,” the other tabloid print pages will be posted to the web in the upcoming months. Things would be moving faster but this is a time-consuming endeavor for someone still figuring out the website-building ropes!

It’s getting done but it’s a bit of a grind.

 

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I’m trying this layout out but before making a separate blog for OP–Chenille Tartar will be the test run location for the time being. I’ve also opted out of making full copies of any issues available online but will catalog the contents of each issue in written text format. That should make certain subjects more searchable too!

This format is subject to change. Here are the first two pages (well, the front cover and page 1, the Table of Contents) of “A”. This will be a lengthy project but hopefully something that will be of use for anyone interested. Pages will probably be posted 2 or 3 at a time (for now, hopefully more once all of the scanning is done) and will not contain full texts but page contents (topics of articles, ads, etc.). This really just seems like the best way to proceed at this point. I suppose I could not scan the collection but then the pages would become further damaged. They’re already very brittle.

If anyone is interested in contacting me for more information please feel free to do so via the comments for now. There seem to be issues with the contact form box. Hopefully that will sort itself out.

I hope that you enjoy the images that will be provided with each post.

[FRONT COVER]

OP A
Contents
Cover Image
Topics:
Alternative Listings
Art Ensemble of Chicago
Laurie Anderson
Small Label Addresses
The Avengers
Random Radar Interview
All Music: Folk, Country, Jazz, Rap
Alligator
Free Music in Alabama
“A” Movies
Background images include letter “A” stamps and purple Alligator stamps

[PAGE 1]

Lost Music Network—what it is
Who OP is
What next for LMN

TOC: (sorry for the haphazard page numbers–more stuff to be sorted/figured out before this gets a separate blog)

TABLE OF CONTENTS………………………………………………1
OP PROPAGANDA…………………………………………………..1
LETTERS……………………………………………………………3-5
RANDOM RADAR INTERVIEW………………………………6-7
THEORETICAL GIRLS……………………………………………..7
WELL-DRESSED MAN……………………………………………..7
SINGLES………………………………………………………….8-10
THE “A” SECTION…………………………………………….11-16

The Avengers, “A” Movies
International “A”
“A” Jazz Artists, “A” LPs
Brief report from Alabama
A cappella gospel
Laurie Anderson
The directory of “A” addresses
Alternative network listings
News and reviews
Ads page
Magazines

JOIN LMN: a description of why you should be a member of the Lost Music Network

 

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Here is some Canadian content from the annals of OP. This letter to the editor was published in OP H.

 

OP H scan

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Ashgate’s collection of essays on debut albums “Please Allow Me to Introduce Myself”  (edited by George Plasketes) finally came in the mail. !!! While I’ve been busy with diss work and have had to put just about everything else on hold because of it I’ve had a chance to glance at my essay “Ready for the House: Jandek’s Inert Unveiling” and some of the others in the collection as well. I’m looking forward to having the chance to read more. I’m also looking forward to having some *time* to read.

George, if you’re reading this, thanks for putting the collection together!

And now…back to the dissertation!

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Cover of "Ready for the House"

Cover of Ready for the House

I received an email today regarding a book chapter I wrote on Jandek’s Ready for the House. Ashgate Press will be mailing me a copy of the book within the next month or so.

Reminder to self: you are not like Woody Allen (who had at one time said that he won’t watch his own films (unlike Tom Cruise–this is a presumption. Sue me)). You will crack the spine. You will read the book. You will re-read the chapter after not having set eyes on it for nearly a year. Chewing gum and toothpicks should do the trick if needed.

On a different note, I’d like to offer a  big fat, heart-felt thank you to anyone and everyone who has helped make this chapter happen. It is all the better for your much appreciated contributions and guidance.

And, to Mr. Jandek, thanks for the music.

http://www.ashgate.com/isbn/9781409441762

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