February 19th, 2007 5:33 pm | by CASEY JARMAN Music | Posted In: Columns

Hey, Remember the Rocket?

elliott smith rocket coverWaaaaayyyyyy back in the 1990s, there were two alt-weeklies in Portland, WW (which we at LocalCut refer to as "our babymomma") and The Rocket, which ran in both Seattle and Portland. Then, from my understanding of things, grunge music collapsed on itself and The Rocket sorta followed suit. In the interest of full disclosure, I should also let you know that WW was in talks to buy the Portland half of the Rocket (but they wanted a million dollars).

Our friend Corntey Harding is working on a paper (for presentation at the upcoming EMP Pop Conference in Seattle) about The Rocket, and could use your help. Here's Harding:

I'm working on a paper about the late, great Portland music paper the Rocket for the EMP Pop Conference, and I'm looking for people's thoughts on and memories of the publication. Since I'm not living in Portland anymore, it's kind of hard for me to track people down and get them to talk face to face. I was wondering if you wouldn't mind putting a little plug in the Willamette Week. People can email me at (rocketmemories at gmail dot com)...

I'm trying to explore the Rocket's role in the creation and explosion of the Northwest music scene of the eighties and nineties. I'm looking for people who found their bandmates through the paper or discovered bands way ahead of the curve by reading the paper (e.g., "I remember finding out about Nirvana because they were on the cover when Bleach was released.").

With any luck, we can persuade Cortney to reprint some (or all) of the paper here on LocalCut. So please, if you can, hook up some memories. We're curious, too, so leave some comments here while you're getting all sentimental.

Image: The Rocket (Seattle version) with Elliott Smith on the cover. Stolen/borrowed from an Ebay listing.
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