Living It Every Day Since 1980
In 1989, for the first edition of the Backstreets book, "Springsteen: the Man and His Music," Cross wrote: "Little did I know at the time that a decade later the damn thing would still be around as a quarterly magazine and be called by some 'the world's greatest fanzine.'" Now nearing the quarter-century mark, Backstreets continues an uninterrupted run of quarterly publishing and is a Music Journalism Award winner for Best Fanzine.
From its 4-page debut, Backstreets grew slowly. But thanks to dedicated fans, word-of-mouth, and Charley's tenacity (he wrote out subscription labels by hand!), it grew. After nine issues on newsprint, Backstreets switched to the magazine format with issue #10, adding slick paper and full-color covers soon after.
Current Publisher and Editor Christopher Phillips, son of a Jersey Girl, grew up a faithful Backstreets reader in South Georgia. First show: Tallahassee, FL, 12/7/84 (Bruce's only performance to date of Freddy "Boom Boom" Cannon's "Tallahassee Lassie"). In 1993 Chris moved to Seattle and began working with Charley at Backstreets on issue #44, became Managing Editor in 1994, developed the Backstreets website in 1995, and took the reins in 1998. After a couple more years in Seattle, Phillips moved Backstreets to the East coast in 2000, with the magazine and website headquarters now based in Chapel Hill, NC.
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