October 2008 Table of Contents

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Welcome to Down the Line E-Zine

I’ve noticed that most magazines seem to have a few blurbs about something right about here. This being the first issue and all, I can’t say that I have a whole bunch of cutesy thoughts to say right here. Creating an online free magazine that doesn’t have to worry about advertisements and really even deadlines is actually pretty stress free. The hardest part seemed to be coming up with the name.

You see, I originally thought about calling this Ritalin magazine. The music industry seems to suffer from a heavy case of Attention Deficit Disorder, so I thought we would be the medicine to help them stay focused. Other than the obvious copyright issues, I also didn’t think pharmacists would really appreciate thinking they are going to get some research on a popular medicine only to be assaulted by our crazy take on the music world. But the title would have really fit with the cover painting, to say the least…

So, our first issue down, and enough interviews lined up to fill another issue or two. Maybe even a few other surprises ‘down the line’ (insert cheesy drum roll here). We keep a blog about the progress of our ‘zine as well as other random thoughts we have, so feel free to stop by and leave a comment.

Action Spotlight:

Don’t just complain about the world – do something to change it

Microcredit is “the extension of very small loans (microloans) to the unemployed, to poor entrepreneurs and to others living in poverty who are not considered bankable.” While some institutions take advantage of the poor by charging high interest rates, some organizations provide microloans that allow the poor to start a business and learn to provide for themselves. Once these businesses are sustainable, the business owner can repay the loan and start helping others to start small businesses. The goal is to help people willing to work to begin supporting themselves. Organizations like Kiva (http://www.kiva.org) can make this process easy for those of us in the Western world to support those who are less fortunate than us. Visit their page to see how you can help. (Kiva did not buy this ad nor do they endorse this magazine – just givin’ ya food for thought)

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EDITORS: Matt Crosslin and Steve Ruff
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WRITERS: Steve Ruff, Matt Crosslin
COVER IMAGE: Self Portrait by Michael Knott
LAYOUT: Matt Crosslin
WEB DESIGN: Matt Crosslin for Monsoon River Designs


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Down the Line covers bands that explored the intersection between faith and art in the 1980s through the early 1990s – even though they were probably never accepted in to what is called “Contemporary Christian Music” because they were too edgy or alternative or liberal or for whatever reason. Some of these bands may still be making music today, and others may have moved on. We cover these bands (active or dormant) as well as any new projects by former members of these bands and any new bands that may have the same spirit as these bands.


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