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When will I get my first magazine?
That’s mostly your choice. Mary will send you the current issue if you wish. Otherwise, your subscription will begin with our next issue. We print six a year, every two months.
Do you have back issues for sale?
Why, yes, we do. Not all of ‘em, but most are available by clicking here.
Do you have a digital issue available?
Not yet. We’re looking at it, but right now it’s still not cost-effective.
The Post Office ate my magazine. What do I do about it?
E-mail Mary and she’ll take care of you.
Mary is our office manager. She answers phone calls and e-mails from subscribers. She doesn’t work in a call center in Iowa, nor somewhere offshore, she works in her spare bedroom in Seattle. And we’re real lucky to have her.
How do I get one of your cool stickers?
Easy. Send a stamped, self-addressed #10 envelope to: No Depression, P.O. Box 31332, Seattle, WA 98103. If you live outside the U.S., you can get a sticker, too. Here’s how: Go to your local post office, buy a 1-ounce IRC (International Registered Coupon). Mail the IRC and a self-addressed envelope (obviously minus postage) to the address above. Mary will take the IRC to a U.S. Post Office and exchange it for Airmail postage. Et voila! A ticker is on its way to Paris or Tokyo or Montreal.
OK, where’d you get the name?
The name of No Depression magazine refers to a song written by southern gospel pioneer J.D. Vaughan called “No Depression In Heaven”. The Carter Family recorded it in 1936, making the song one of their few topical offerings. It was cut again by Charlie Monroe (Bill’s brother and one-time singing partner) in 1948, released as the B-side of his 1950 RCA single “Mother’s Not Dead.” It next resurfaced, minus one verse, on a 1959 album by the New Lost City Ramblers (whose membership included Mike Seeger) called Songs From The Depression. That’s where the St. Louis band Uncle Tupelo learned the song, which they made the title track to their 1990 debut album. And that, in turn, led to the naming of an internet discussion board. We thought all that history made it the perfect name for a magazine which wished to cover the past, present, and future of American music.
Didn’t No Depression start out as an alternative country music magazine?
We did. No Depression was launched in September 1995 as a quarterly publication and became bimonthly in 1996. With our tenth anniversary edition in September-October 2005 we retired the alt.country (whatever that is) tagline.
Do you still cover alternative country music?
Whatever that is, we still cover it. The phrase was meant ironically because we had started a magazine about fringe country music in Seattle at the tail end of the grunge era. Not too many people got the joke. And the magazine grew. Next question.
Do you suffer from depression?
No more than the next person, that we know of. All joking aside, we do recognize depression to be a serious problem, and we’re not here to make fun of the disease.
Where are your offices?
We operate out of spare bedrooms in Seattle and Poulsbo, Washington, in Austin, Texas, and in Morehead, Kentucky. Please don’t stop by. Not because we’re unfriendly, but we work irregular hours and are not necessarily dressed to receive visitors.
Do you have internships available?
No. See the previous question.
Is there or will there be a No Depression podcast?
There isn’t one. We have no plans to create one at this point, but that doesn’t mean we won’t.