Get Bomp! essential facts below. View Videos or join the Bomp! discussion. Add Bomp! to your topic list for future reference or share this resource on social media.
Who Put the Bomp
Editor Greg Shaw
Categories Music
First issue January 1970
Final issue
Country United States

Who Put The Bomp was a rock music fanzine edited and published by Greg Shaw from 1970 to 1979. Its name came from the hit 1961 doo-wop song by Barry Mann, "Who Put the Bomp". Later, the name was shortened to Bomp!


The magazine was a departure from the mainstream and its writing style unique with its own opinion described as almost partisan.[1] The magazine was first published in 1970. It was created by Greg Shaw and his wife. The magazine chronicled bands that Shaw deemed worthy of covering. And he did it passionately.[2] Shaw made it known too that the magazine wasn't going to cater to nostalgia or be an info receptacle for fanatical collectors of obscure out of print records.[3]

A significant amount of writers that wrote for the magazine went on to greater things.[4]

Bomp! later morphed into an independent record label, Bomp! Records, headed by Shaw until his death in 2004.


Ken Barnes who wrote articles like "10 Greatest Power Pop Songs" for Best Classic Bands, and other publications such as Fusion and Phonograph Record was once co-editor for the magazine.[5] Jay Kinney who was a key man in the underground comics movement in the late 1960s, served as art director for the magazine.[6]

Greg Shaw

Shaw was one of the first and best-known rock fanzine editors. Active in science fiction fandom as a young man, he became familiar with fanzines. Shaw founded one of the earliest rock fanzines, the mimeographed Mojo Navigator and Rock 'n Roll News in 1966. Bomp! was an early publishing venue for many subsequently well-known writers, including Lester Bangs and Greil Marcus.


External links

  This article uses material from the Wikipedia page available here. It is released under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share-Alike License 3.0.



Music Scenes