woensdag 21 oktober 2009

A Appendix upgraded

It turned out that I had uploaded the A Appendix with wrong security settings. Thanks for alerting me Peter!

I've corrected this mistake and below you find the corrected link when you click on the picture.

Or just here.

Background Magazine - some old issues

Last weekend I've been organizing some old (and not quite so old) harddiscs and came across a load of Background Magazine files, partly scans of really old issues in the making, mostly however pdf pages.

I've assembled the pages that belonged together in the respective files respresenting a complete or partly complete issue which are now available for download.

Please be aware that the quality of the files may differ. Some are based on scans (and thus not searchable), some are in screen quality (and thus in a comfortable file size), some are high/press quality files (and thus enormously big).

Leafing through the material was quite fun and a satisfying experience too. I've been involved in pretty much all of the issues I uploaded now - first as writer/reviewe, later as main editor or editor. Some really good stuff there. Most of it ends also up in the book eventually in one way or another (compare for example the Anyone's Daughter story with the entry in the book!). But there are also many great things you will find only here. Like Maurice's great layout from BM 84 onwards (he was definitely better at it than I was), the Prog In Russia series by Dave McConnell (also presented as a seperate file), and obviously the coolest special ever: Prog & Sex. Check issue 81 for that one!

Available so far:

Issue 45 (without title page)
Issue 46 (incomplete)
Issue 52 (incomplete)

There are scans of really 'old' issues in the making. Quite interesting though as you can see some of the production in progress...

From my period as main editor: (all below are proper pdf files)

Issue 70 (only a couple of pages found, so far)
Issue 78 (one blank page, beats me why)
And after the change of Main Editor:

Issue 84
Issue 85
Beware - these files are really big (between 50 and 80 MB). But in superb printing quality and with great layout.

Some pages may be blank, by the way. These were mostly pages with advertisements I didn't have available here... Must be on the original CDrs in the Background Archives somewhere...
And the Prog In Russia special in two files:

Part 1 - 7 with layout
Part 8 - 10 without layout (hope to find the final versions soon...)
Have fun!

maandag 21 september 2009

Overall contents...

I've spent some time to assemble the overall contents of File Under Jurassic Rock's various chapters as they are at the moment (status 18 september 2009).

Those who are interested - you can find it here. A staggering number of 15.000+ entries already. That was quite scaring to me...

zondag 13 september 2009

X-Files uploaded

Originally I had planned to do some other chapters first... But when I discovered how little work this one would be I changed the plans...

Get it by clicking the picture!

zondag 30 augustus 2009

A-Files now complete!

I'm happy to announce that the last part of the A-chapter now has been uploaded.

The A-appendix (7 MB) contains 92 pages, about 660 entries, 180 cover pictures and 110 reviews. As is explained in the introduction: you will find here related acts with a lesser level of detail, and also some not-quite-so-related things by way of warning you... Click on the picture for download.

As for the future of File Under Jurassic Prog... Feedback has been sparse (please let me hear your thoughts!), but quite encouraging. Meanwhile I'm upgrading the other chapters so they can be published one day. Focus is on the I, J and M chapters right now, but you might be able to change my mind...

maandag 24 augustus 2009

A-Files - minor corrections and new part!

I'm pleased to announce the publishing of yet another part...

Chapter As-AZ, 10 MB, 92 pages - around 250 entries, 220 pictures, 170 reviews.

Also I discovered some extremely stupid typos on the previous chapters, so I replaced the links in the previous posting with new ones (for those who printed the documents - as intended by the author - the only changes are on front and back cover and the title page).


zaterdag 22 augustus 2009

Proudly Introducing: The A-Files

I'm proud to announce the first four parts of File Under Jurasic Rock that just have been published. Everything is downloadable from this blog or via the website.

The book is entirely free as I figured that a properly printed version would be to expensive to produce (for now at least). Feel free to print it yourself (which is recommended, I don't like reading book on the computer myself) and enjoy!

Any kind of feedback is highly appreciated. Really: any. Send an e-mail to the editor directly, leave a note on the blog or write something in the guestbook on the website. Any feedback is appreciated: what did you like, what not and what is missing or can be improved.

And most importantly: help me decide how to continue the project - shall I put out the other chapters as soon as possible (but incomplete) and improve over time, or shall we do it thoroughly but slowly with one chapter a time, but with a level of detail like the ones you're about to download...

And of course: feel free to contribute. Missing information, pictures or (for bands and labels)material to listen and write.

The chapters released so far (click on the picture for download):

Introduction - 926 kB, 32 pages. The basic stuff: the book's goals, structure, definitions, etc.

Chapter #-AG - 8 MB, 96 pages. Around 300 bands, 225 pictures, 170 reviews.

Chapter AH-AM - 8,8 MB, 100 pages. Around 300 bands, 275 pictures, 150 reviews.

Chapter AN-AR - 16 MB, 140 pages. 360 bands, 500 pictures, 265 reviews.

Also I uploaded an improved version of File Under Symfo.



It seems that only some computers have problems with the site. Please contact me with details if you're affected. It might help me fixing the problem!

dinsdag 18 augustus 2009

Website troubles

Just noticed that what looks good at my computer at home doesn't necessarily on other machines... I apologize to those who checked the website and only got confused because everything overlaps there.

Will fix in the course of next week!

zaterdag 15 augustus 2009

Website launched

As of today the website is up and running. It's not perfect yet, but it will improve!

Get there by clicking on the picture.

maandag 3 augustus 2009

File Under Symfo available for download!

I'm in the final stages of finishing the A-files for "File Under Jurassic Rock", but have used a little time to recreate the 1998 file from "File Under Symfo" and convert it to pdf.

The file is not perfect yet (page size, some hick-ups with pictures going to the next page and the indexing - thanks to problems between the different Word versions '97 and '03) but I will try to improve this as soon as I'm done with 'the A-files'.

For now, I hope you enjoy the old work and will look forward to the things that are coming soon!

Click on the picture to download the book in pdf format!

maandag 20 juli 2009


Just to start the blog. More news coming soon!

The first part of the book is nearly finished and scheduled for release in the course of August.

Shortly after I will also make "File Under Symfo" available for download. I managed to recover the 1998 book from an ancient zip-drive and will convert it a.s.a.p.