- Dec. 20, 2018
-- Starting in the spring of 2019 Music Street Journal will begin a series of books focusing on the Rockford area music scene. Each book will feature several local acts (some current and some past) with information and lots of photos. The series (to be titled "Music Street Journal Presents Rockford Area Music Makers") is the first part of the launch of Music Street Journal Local - a new endeavor for Music Street Journal.
The first issue of Music Street Journal was released as an email document on February 1st, 1998. Since then the publication has grown into a website and continued by releasing an issue every two months. Music Street Journal publishes music reviews (CD, video, concert and more) along with music interviews. The primary focus is on progressive rock, but they cover everything. Since 2018 the publication is primarily print with an online version also available.
Music Street Journal is launching this new series as a way of documenting the Rockford area music scene. Having books documenting the various acts brings a certain permanence and sense of history to the scene. Rockford and its surrounding areas has been fortunate to boast a vibrant and healthy music scene for decades. The book series is intended to pay tribute to that scene. Local photographer Eric Meli's work will be featured in many of the books, starting with the first one.
That online bookstore at lulu.com/strangesound will have all the books. That story also has books by Gary Hill. Hill publishes Music Street Journal and is an author of such books as "The Strange Sound of Cthulhu: Music Inspired by the Writings of H.P. Lovecraft" and "Poetry of the Air: A Collection of Love Letters from Musicians to Music" along with books from Tales of Wonder and Dread Publishing and more.
Music Street Journal can be found at musicstreetjournal.com. All articles ever published at the site are available sorted by artist and issue via text links at the top of the page. Additional material (audio interviews, photo galleries and much more) is available in the members area for as little as 6 dollars. A "click to register" link on the main page of the site reveals membership options.