New York Rocker

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New York Rocker
Cover of the February 1982 issue, featuring The Blasters
CountryUnited States
Based inNew York City

New York Rocker was a punk rock new wave magazine founded by Alan Betrock in 1976.[1][2] In 1979, it had a circulation of 20,000.[3] Betrock left the magazine in 1978, and Andy Schwartz took over as editor until 1982.[4] The same year the magazine was closed.[5] It published a total of 54 issues during its lifetime.[6]

Ira Kaplan, guitarist and singer for Yo La Tengo, was a critic for the magazine.[7] The dB's wrote and recorded the song, "I Read New York Rocker" in tribute to the magazine and recorded several demos in the magazine's offices.[8]

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  1. ^ Powers, Ann (April 15, 2000). "Alan Betrock, 49, Pop Critic and Record Producer". New York Times. Retrieved January 1, 2010.
  2. ^ Village Voice
  3. ^ Orth, Maureen (March 26, 1979). "The Beat Comes East". New York Magazine. Retrieved December 31, 2009.
  4. ^ Gendron, Bernard (2002). "No wave". Between Montmartre and the Mudd Club: popular music and the avant-garde. University of Chicago Press. ISBN 0-226-28735-1.
  5. ^ "New York Rocker". Rock'sbackpages. Retrieved May 22, 2020.
  6. ^ "New York Rocker: The Covers (1976 – 1982)". Flashbak. Retrieved May 22, 2020.
  7. ^ Norris, Chris (May 12, 1997). "It Takes Three to Tengo". New York Magazine. Retrieved December 31, 2009.
  8. ^ "dB's". Trouser Press. Retrieved December 31, 2009.

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