The first thing you need to know about this fanzine is that there is nothing in it about Justin Bieber, the Jonas Brothers, or other current acts that appeal to the teen and tween demographic. To the contrary; the idea behind this mag, which takes its name from a Sylvain Sylvain (New York Dolls) song, is to make readers of a certain age flashback to their teen (or thereabouts) years and the glorious days of a rock scene dominated by acts like Mott the Hoople.
At this the editors have done a fantastic job; here there are interviews with impresarios like Kim Fowley who talks about the Runaways, Stiv Bators, Mink Deville and the fact that Phil Spector owes him money, and a brief chat with producer/manager Andrew Loog Oldham, best known for his work with the Rolling Stones.
For an upstart 'zine to have landed those two interviews is impressive enough but the fun doesn't stop there; the cover story is a lengthy interview with notorious groupie/singer/musician/author Cherry Vanilla and there are also interviews with Todd Rundgren, Bun E. Carlos of Cheap Trick, Sylvain Sylvain (of course!) and Dave Faulkner of the Hoodoo Gurus.
Throw in a few more interviews, columns and reviews and Teenage News ends up being a satisfying cover-to-cover read. To order a copy, visit the Teenage News Facebook page here.
Rock Reads: Teenage News - Issue No. 1