Flipside (fanzine)

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Flipside was a punk rock fanzine published in Los Angeles, California from 1977 to 2000.

Flipside, issue 6, 1978.

As one of the first and longest running U.S. punk rock fanzines, this publication extensively chronicled the world of independent and underground music during this era. Known for its highly opinionated cast of writers, Flipside evolved from cheaply printed to glossy covers. Their articles extended to coverage of the UFO phenomenon, drugs, and independent film.

Flipside fanzine put on a Burning Man-style festival in California's Mojave Desert at a location known as Jawbone Canyon for several years during the mid-1990s. It was much smaller and more localized than the actual Burning Man festivals and often featured bands that Flipside released on their own label. Special guests included Fugazi, The Offspring and Hawkwind's Nik Turner.


For several years, the publishers also produced punk rock records under the Flipside label. Bands on the roster included Detox, Doggy Style, Bulimia Banquet, Anti-Scrunti Faction, Babyland, Sluts for Hire, Popdefect, Paper Tulips and Sandy Duncan's Eye. Some of the most sought after Flipside releases are the "Flipside Video Fanzine" series released in the early 1980s, which were collections of performances of punk bands such as Black Flag, Agent Orange, Love Canal, T.S.O.L., Social Distortion, etc.

Flipside Records released the first Beck recordings: a split 7" with the band Bean and the full-length CD Stereopathetic Soulmanure.

See also[edit]

  • Razorcake - Founded by Todd Taylor, former Flipside managing editor
  • Punk zine - General outline of the many punk fanzines

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