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How much can one fan of OKOM (Our Kind Of Music) accomplish in just a couple of years? Plenty, if it's Rockzilla, aka photographer Michael Johnson. From 2003 to 2005, rockzilla.net was a chronicle of the alt.country scene from a uniquely Texan perspective. But all good things must end, and Rockzilla has retired from the online 'zine scene.

This mirror site was copied from the rockzilla.net site with the express permission of Rockzilla hisself. If you don't believe me, go to the KHYI-Fans email list and ask him! Buddy will back me up, too.


 

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 Meet Rockzillaworld

We've managed to put together an amazingly diverse and talented group. All of these folks work very hard to make the Rockzillaworld site as good as it can be, and they do it without pay. We'd like to say that it's all about the music, but let's face it, most of us are here for pure self aggrandizement.


Michael Johnson Site Owner, Publisher, Dreamer, and resident crank. Without a doubt, Johnson is the weakest link in the Rockzillaworld chain. He writes a few reviews, an occasioinal rambling feature, and just generally annoys and embarasses the rest of the staff, who often feel compelled to apologize for his actions. In real life, Johnson is a commercial photographer.  
   
Scott Snidow Editor Scott Snidow is a frustrated musician and educator  
   

Bonny Holder Senior Reporter, Front Range. Bonny brings 30 years of experience, and a tell-it-like-it-is style of writing that our readers really seem to appreciate.

Bonny was born (Kaske) in Milwaukee on November 4, 1948. She has lived in the mountains of New Mexico for the past 15 years. Her B.A. is in journalism, from Union Institute ("no halls, no walls") in Cincinnati. She co-ran a folk coffeehouse called "Chrysanthemum", in Madison during the mid-1970's ("We opened, and closed, with Bob Gibson") and was Assistant Manager at the legendary Blue River Cafe in Milwaukee during the early 1980's.

Bonny has done everything in the music business but perform. Her reviews (as Bonny Celine, her middle name) have appeared in print media as varied as "Boston Broadside", "Milwaukee Journal- Sentinel", "Milwaukee Magazine", "Madison Isthmus", "Madison Press Connection" and in most New Mexican publications at one time or another. "Oh, and there was that one week I worked at the Hope, AR, `Star', right after Clinton won, she said. "It was Christmas, and the news plant was right across the street from Clinton's childhood home, at that time all burned out. The sun never came out the whole week I was there".

Cheap Trick was Bonny's high school band. She is married to the Deputy Provost of the University of New Mexico, who is also a Professor of Organic Chemistry, of which she knows nothing. She has two grown children, Colby Christofferson and Molly Christofferson, who never call.

 
   

Al Kunz Staff Writer. A promising musical career was stillborn in the late 60's when, in keeping with the times, Al Kunz quit piano lessons in protest over the amount of practice expected. After pitching his 6th grade softball team to the school championship he retired from athletics, realizing that he didn't have what it takes to compete at the next level.

Over the next several years his most notable accomplishment was amassing a collection of over 1000 vinyl records, largely by artists none of his friends had heard of. Forced by adulthood to choose a career he decided the path to fame and fortune was in the computer field. It happened for Bill Gates; it may still for Al. After working with the ex-drummer for the Osmond Brothers, a substitute drummer for Chris LeDoux, and the drummer for a 1990's incarnation of Badfinger, he realized he had been a pioneer for others by abandoning a music career for the exciting world of computers.

Fleeing the cultural wasteland of Utah he worked as an itinerant computer programmer in such musical hotbeds as Chicago, Memphis, and Clovis, NM, which had peaked 40 years earlier as the site of the studio that recorded Buddy Holly's early hits. Settling for a time in Houston he developed an appreciation for the 'Musical Family Robison' and other purveyors of great Texas music.

Al is now living in Minneapolis, hometown of the Artist sometimes known as Prince, where he engages in guerrilla marketing by moving the CDs of Texas artists at local record stores to the front of the stack. As the Upper-Midwest correspondent for Rockzillaworld he is searching the local music scene for promising new artists untainted by producers Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis or the 'Minneapolis Sound', Minnesota acts in the tradition of the Jayhawks, the Honeydogs, and that Bobby Zimmerman kid from up north.

 
   
Marianne Ebertowski    Staff Writer. Marianne was born in Germany and shares her birthday with Johnny Cash (the day, not the year). She fell in love with Maybelle, Sara and A.P. when her class mates raved about John, Paul, George and Ringo. Can't remember where she picked up that sort of music. Probably the Armed Forces Network (AFN). Wanted to be a cowboy or an Indian throughout her entire childhood. Had to settle for lesser career options later in life. Left Germany as soon as legally possible to become a good citizen of a neighboring country-- The Netherlands. Took a degree in linguistics, became a researcher at Nijmegen University, a journalist for a struggling magazine in Amsterdam, a struggling and, mostly, unpaid journalist in London and, finally, landed a job in Brussels with the first group of environmentalist parties in the European Parliament. Still earns her daily bread in the margins of politics. Writes about Americana music for various print and web publications. Plays guitar almost as badly as Kinky Friedman, told him so, and got a big grin and a handful of guitar picks with his name on them in return Her guitar playing has improved considerably since then. Is a huge admirer of Hunter S. Thompson's Gonzo journalism and Raymond Carver's poetry. Hopes to one day write the great American novel. (Just kiddin', folks)  
 

 

BJ Weikert Staff Writer B.J. Weikert works as a chef on Hilton Head Island, SC and has a hip wife, and a two rug-rats (one of each gender). He's been listening to music and trying to figure out how to write about it ever since he was a living horror to his teachers in grammar school.
He loves traditional country, alternative country (borrowing from the great Johnny Cash: "alternative to what?"), bluegrass, blues, rock and roll, folk music with balls, and any other off-kilter genre that happens to catch his ear. Although he resides in South Carolina, he's always keeping up with what's going on in the Texas music scene just because he thinks Texas kicks ass. He also likes to play with knives and dead animal flesh at times.
 
 

 

Zach Peterson Staff Writer Zach Peterson hails from Grand Rapids, Michigan. He is currently a grad student in the school of journalism at Michigan State University in East Lansing. The young writer is an aspiring journalist, an unrepentant Dylan junkie and a part-time insensitive singer-songwriter. His goals in life include writing the Great American Novel and starting the seventh game of the World Series. His website is www.zachpeterson.com

 
 
   
 
   
 
   
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