Issues of fondly remembered early-80s heavy metal fanzine "The Headbanger" are being re-released in ebook format.
Bob Nalbandian, founder and publisher of "The Headbanger", has struck a deal with Tokyo-based company Japanime Publishing to release all 11 issues of the Xeroxed 'zine in digital format.
Nalbandian founded "The Headbanger" in early 1982 when he was just 17 years old, and released the inaugural issue later that year. The seminal US fanzine featured articles and interviews that vividly captured the emerging metal scene, including profiles of then-unsigned bands such as Metallica, Slayer and Megadeth.
Nalbandian says: "[Japanime founder] Glenn Kardy and I decided to present an ebook version of the fanzine in its all its original, raw glory without any touchups or changes to it. 'The Headbanger' was published long before the widespread use of home computers and desktop printing, so this is as hardcore and old-school as it gets."
The first ebook will include an all-new introduction and reminiscence by Nalbandian, along with the entire contents of "The Headbanger" issue No.1, which was released in May/June 1982. The edition features Girlschool on its cover and a review of the group's debut US show; colourful recaps of live performances by then-local LA bands Ratt and Steeler; and commentary on "new" albums by Motorhead, Iron Maiden, Rainbow and the first "Metal Massacre" compilation.
Nalbandian says: "I can't think of a better way to expose readers to a time in history when heavy metal music truly was an underground phenomenon, and tape-trading and metal fanzines were a way of life."
Issue No.1 of "The Headbanger" is now available worldwide in the Apple iBookstore and the Amazon Kindle store. In the UK it costs a mere £1.92.
Thanks for the report to ClassicRockMagazine.com.