Porn mogul and entrepreneur Bob Guccione is dead at 79. I'll never forget sneaking peeks at my mom's copy of Viva, submitting my first post-Clarion story to Omni, and leaving the room when my college housemates were watching Caligula. Rest in peace, sir.
OMNI was launched (PDF) by Kathy Keeton, long-time companion and later wife of Penthouse magazine publisher Bob Guccione, who described the magazine in its first issue as "an original if not controversial mixture of science fact, fiction, fantasy and the paranormal". [more inside]
Founded in 1985, the first year of Spin Magazine spilled ink on all sorts of great American fringe music. Swans, Sonic Youth, Jandek, Glenn Branca, Hüsker Dü, and Squirrel Bait. The magazine's entire run is available on Google Books. [more inside]