I am searching for people who currently or at one time contributed to Springsteen fanzines (as founders, publishers, editors, authors, artists, photographers, designers, etc.) published in the US and abroad to participate in oral history interviews about your experiences with the zine, as well as your history of being a fan of Springsteen; how and why you decided to create or work on a fanzine; the processes you used to create for the fanzine; and your thoughts on the future of Springsteen fan writings. No contribution is too minor and no fanzine is too small – even it only had 1 issue and a small print run, I’m very interested in talking with you.
These interviews will, I hope, lead to Springsteen Zines: An Oral History of Springsteen Fanzines, a large-format, full-color book that reproduces pages from fanzines with selections of oral history interviews. All selections will be made in collaboration with and with the consent of the contributors. As with my other book, all proceeds will be donated to BruceFunds and the Bruce Springsteen Special Collection.
Our conversations will preferably take place by phone, Skype, or GoogleHangout, and a recording will be made so I have access to what you’ve said later on. You will receive a copy of the transcript. Due to my language limitations, interviews will need to be in English, but if you want to contribute and don’t speak English, we can probably find a way for that to work. Our conversation will last between 45 and 60 minutes. I may need to contact you with some follow-up questions. You will have the option of granting permission to donate our interview (in part or in whole) to the Bruce Springsteen Special Collection so future fans and scholars have an opportunity to learn from what we discus.
If you are interested in participating - and I certainly hope you are - please click on I'M INTERESTED, which will take you to a form that will ask you for your name, your email, and which fanzine(s) you worked on. I will reach out from there. Interviews will take place this summer and fall. The form page is part of a larger project web site I created to give you more insight into who I am and what my goals are. I encourage you to explore that, too.
I’m an Associate Professor of Communication and Media at Saint Joseph’s University, where I teach classes that investigate how people use various writing technologies to compose. I am also a huge Springsteen fan and have published on him and fan writings in the past. This post appears with the permission of the GreasyLake administrator.
If you have any questions beyond what I have written here, please do not hesitate to ask. And if you know someone who was associated with a fanzine, but is not on the forum, please direct them to the link above.
Thank you for taking the time to consider this request.
I look forward to speaking with you soon.
All my best,
Communication and Media