One of Scotland’s longest and most-respected fanzines, The Next Big Thing, has re-emerged in digital form.
Named after the opening track of US punks The Dictators’ ‘Go Girl Crazy’, the photocopied publication was established in April 1977, and charted the early days of punk rock in the UK and US, with original copies of these early examples being much sought-after.
Although it existed in printed form for twenty years, a regular printed version of TNBT has not been a thing for two decades, aside from a one-off 40th anniversary edition in 2017. Founder Lindsay Hutton, has continued to promote new music via the blog / website nextbigthing.blogspot.com.
However, Grangemouth-based Hutton has recently established a short, one-page ‘tip sheet‘, basically promoting new and recently-discovered artists. Available digitally i.e. as a PDF rather than in printed form, these can be downloaded free of charge at TNBT’s website.
Also available via the site is an archive of the original Next Big Things – again, available for anyone to peruse for free as digital versions. There is also other archive material available, including Cramps zine Rockin’ Bones (Hutton co-founded fan club The Legion of the Cramped in 1980).
All issues of NBT and Rockin’ Bones are now available for download.
You can also hear a recently-established Mixcloud podcast.
More at nextbigthing.blogspot.com.