Edited / Designed by Larry Grogan
Written by Larry Grogan and Bill Luther
Contact us at LGThelonious@mailcity.com
Evil Eye, 1994
|Greetings one and all.
This is the first "cyber" issue of Gone, a zine that has
previously seen the light of day (on paper) twice since 1996. Having to learn Front Page
for work finally spurred me on to do something on the internet.
I've been doing zines of one kind or another for more than
fifteen years. I was inspired by the Garage Punk revival to do the first issue of
Incognito in 1984. Incognito went on for 12 issues into 1987, and then revived briefly for
one more in 1991. All of these were done with the old manual cut and paste method (which
was easy because I was working in newspaper production at the time). During this time I
also did some writing (mostly on alternative rock) for local papers, as well as other
In 1992 I bought my first computer, an Apple Macintosh Performa
200, one of the smallest Macs. It has a 9" diagonal black and white screen, 12MB ram
and less than 100mb on the hard drive. It was on this that I did the first 15 or so issues
of my next zine, Evil Eye. In EE I indulged my penchant for politics as well as covering a
much wider range of music. In addition to garage and psychedelia there was a good deal of
folk, jazz and world music. Somewhere around 1995 I got my next MAC, a Performa 6100. Not
the top of the line but I finally had a color screen, a colossal 32MB ram and a CD ROM
drive. I did the rest of the issues of Evil Eye on this, ending with issue #19 in early
It was later that year that I decided the time was right to do a
jazz zine, and Gone was born. In the first two issues there were articles on Thelonious
Monk, Clifford Brown, Anita O'Day, Bob Dorough as well as Beat and Jazz related writers
like Richard Farina and Bill Crow. I started to work on a third issue in late 1997, but it
never saw the light of day. Since then I met and fell in love with a wonderful woman, read
a lot of books, bought a lot more music (up to 1500+ CD's at last count) and wrote for
some other people. On the internet I contributed to the e-zines All About Jazz and Jazz
Review, and in print I contributed entries to the Music Hound Jazz Album Guide (available
at your local book store). The thought of doing something on the internet had been
suggested to me many times by many people, but only the necessity of learning HTML for my
job finally made me do it.
What you see here is the result. While I certainly can't claim to
be presenting anything cutting edge in the way of web technology (this is and will
probably continue to be a site free of Java applets, sound files and animation) but
hopefully the reader will find some interesting ideas and stories. The driving force for
me behind writing about music has always been to turn other people on to cool new sounds.
Hopefully, the internet version of Gone will continue that tradition.
This issue includes a cover story on the great Wardell Gray
(originally planned for the third issue of Gone), a piece by my long-time friend and
collaborator Bill Luther on UK Instrumental kitsch of the 60's and 70's, the story of
great lost jazz singer Cliff 'Ukelele Ike' Edwards, a list of great vibes records of
the 60's. There is also an obit of Dial Records founder and author Ross Russell, as well
as a record reviews section that will be updated as the new music rolls in. So read on,
and enjoy. Use the e-mail link above to let me know what you think.