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Innocent Words Magazine sprang from the place where all great ideas are born: fifth-row center at an Ani DiFranco concert in Indianapolis, Ind.

Standing there, Troy Michael realized he was the same age as the then-thirty-year-old queen of indie folk. DiFranco boasted her own righteous label and championed the DIY ethic. Michael was making ends meet as a freelancer for magazines and newspapers. It was time for someone to get his ass in gear.

Soon, an off-handed comment during lunch sprang into an amateur collaboration for a local indie music mag. Michael  itched to cover the indie bands and artists that were closest to his heart; the musicians that deserved more publicity. Six months after the DiFranco show and countless emails, phone calls and many more lunches later, the first issue of Innocent Words born…sort of.

The publication we know, love and live by today was originally dubbed Confronting Innocent Words (CIW). The title, taken from an essay by Michael, hinted at the fragility of words and their effects depending on how they are used.

Five hundred copies of CIW were printed. They went fast, but not as quickly as Michael’s partners.  Family and professional commitments broke up the magazine bond. But never fear! After a little consideration and even less knowledge, Michael forged valiantly ahead and cut a word from the title magazine.

In early 2002, the first issue of IW launched, spiffy with a new staff, new format and a new look. The print edition had 1,000 copies in circulation in the Champaign-Urbana area, positioned as a quarterly ‘zine.

IW grew from a tiny staff of University of Illinois student interns. Some are still hanging around as writers, editors and designers.

IW also sponsored several local concert events, put on a local show every week and spent countless hours, miles and all the spare change they could find.

At its printed peak, IW was a bi-monthly magazine with 3,000 printed copies distributed to 100 cities in 25 states. With the massive 2008 upheaval in both the music and publishing industries, Michael made the decision to cease printing Innocent Words. The ‘zine transitioned to solely online publication in 2009.

Don’t get him wrong: Michael is super old school and still believes in magazines you can actually hold in your hands. But moving to the online format gave Innocent Words the chance to develop and flourish with a steady plethora of interviews, features and reviews. The online format also bestows upon readers those vital daily music news stories with snappy headlines that you’ve come to love so much. IW online has videos, blogs and information on charitable causes – another true passion (aside from Pearl Jam) for owner Troy Michael.

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 Innocent Words Magazine Back Issues
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INNOCENT WORDS MAGAZINE BACK ISSUE 2012

Issue #62 February 2012
Cover Story: 
Innocent Words 10 Years After; Also interviews with CASHMusic; The Mighty Mighty Bosstones; Alabama Shakes; Koffin Kats; and Tony Sly (No Use for a Name). Plus: CD; DVD and Book reviews.


INNOCENT WORDS MAGAZINE BACK ISSUE 2011

Issue #61 November 2011
Cover Story:
Anthrax; Also interviews with Against Me!; Cristina Bauista of Visqueen; Greg Attonito of Bouncing Souls; Into It, Over It; Pack a.d.; SamIam; UME. Plus: CD; DVD and Book reviews.

Issue #60 October 2011
Cover Story:
Johnette Naplitano of Concrete Blonde; Also interviews with – The Copyrights; The Fay Wrays; Maria Taylor; Eddie Trunk; Turbo ACs. Feature on Malfunkshun – The Andrew Wood Story. Plus: CD; DVD and Book reviews.

Issue #59 September 2011
Cover Story:
Kristin Hersh of Thorwing Muses and 50 Foot Wave.
Also interviews with - The Bottle Rockets; M.E.O.W.’s Carla DeSantis; Heartsounds; Kristin Hersh, Jesse Sykes & the Sweet Hereafter; Feature on the Screaming Trees. Plus: CD; DVD and Book reviews.

Issue #58 August 2011
Cover Story:
Pete Droge scores “A Lot Like You” soundtrack. Also interviews with - Big D & Kids Table; Buffalo Gospel; The Revelling; Swingin Utters;. Plus: CD; DVD and Book reviews.

Issue #57 July 2011
Cover Story:
Star Anna & the Laughing Dogs. Also interviews with - Chuck Ragan; Restorations; Damion Suomi & The Minor Prophets; Title Fight; Frank Turner; The World/Inferno Friendship Society and a feature on Eddie Vedder. Plus: CD; DVD and Book reviews.

Issue #56 June 2011
Cover Story:
Alicia Witt – From Hollywood Star To Budding Rock Star;
Also interviews with Buffalo Tom; The Feelies; Restorations; Riot Before; Sassy!!!; Sharks; And a feature on Jimi Hendrix, Plus: CD; DVD and Book reviews.

Issue #55 May 2011
Cover Story:
Robert Johnson – The Centennial Collection: 100 Years of a Blues Legend. Also interviews with Big Head Todd & the Monsters; Broken Gold; The Bruises; The Dwarves; Old Man Markley; Smoking Popes; Tres Mts; Features on Pearl Jam and Stuck on the Bus; Plus: CD; DVD and Book reviews.

Issue #54 April 2011
Cover Story:
Mike Watt – Legendary bassist talks about his third rock opera. Also interviews with Annabel; Civet; Dave Hause; Reganomics; Screeching Weasel; Three Hour Tour. Plus: CD; DVD and Book reviews.

Issue #53 March 2011
Cover Story:
Mike Brown – singer/songwriter/record producer/vintage instrument collector; Also interviews with The Church; The Darlings; Don Gerard; HelloGoodbye; Lemuria; Sainte Catherinesl A feature on the Cowboy Junkies tribute to Vic Chesnutt; Plus: CD; DVD and Book reviews.

Issue #52 February 2011
Cover Story:
Pearl Jam kicks off 20th Anniversary with Live on Ten Legs; Also interviews with Against Me!; Caddy (aka Tomas Dahl of Turbonegro); Barbara Ireland; Know Your Saints; Franz Nicolay; Smoke or Fire; Tiny Engines label; And features on Jimi Hendrix and Muse live; Plus: CD; DVD and Book reviews.


INNOCENT WORDS MAGAZINE BACK ISSUE 2010

Issue #51 December 2010
Cover Story:
I:Scintilla. Also interviews with The Challenged; Paula Cole; Creepshow; The Gamits; Tommy Gustafsson & the Idiots; None More Black; The Wonder Years, Plus: CD; DVD and Book reviews.

Issue #50 November 2010
Cover Story:
The Corin Tucker Band. Also Interviews with Banquest; Devil’s Brigade; Far From Finished; Street Dogs; Sundowner; Dar Williams. Plus: CD; DVD and Book reviews.

Issue #49 October 2010
Cover Story:
Devo; Also Interviews with Brad; Dollyrots; Holy Mess; Jack Irons; The Posies; Scarlet Grey; This is Hell. Plus: CD; DVD and Book reviews.

Issue #48 September 2010
Cover Story:
Fiction Reform; Also interviews with Ashers; Good Old War; Chris Shiflett and the Dead Pesants; Trances Arc; Kevin Wood & From the North. A feature story on the Dear New Orleans compilation CD. Plus: CD; DVD and Book reviews.

Issue #47 August 2010
Cover Story:
Ian McLagan talks about the Faces reunion. Also interviews with Angel City Outcasts; It's a King Thing; Tommy Keene; George Lynch; Off with Their Heads; Dax Riggs; A feature on John Mellencamp. Plus: CD; DVD and Book reviews.

Issue #46 July 2010
Cover Story:
Satchel; Also interviews with Justin Currie; Everyone Everywhere; Foxy Shazam; GBH; Heartsounds; Jesse Malin; The Redwood Plan; Ike Reilly. Plus: CD; DVD and Book reviews.

Issue #45 June 2010
Cover Story:
Deftones; Also interviews with Big Audio Dynamite; The Business; Delta Kings; Flat Foot 56; Look Mexico; Refuse Resist; The Reverend Peyton's Big Damn Band; Kristen Ward. Plus: CD; DVD and Book reviews.

Issue #44 May 2010
Cover Story: 
James Williamson of The Stooges; Also interviews with Aloha; Dropkick Murphys; Great Crusades; Audra Mae and Save Your Breath; and our new feature section “Once More with Feeling.” Plus: CD; DVD and Book reviews.

Issue #43 April 2010
Cover Story:
Johnny Cash: Also interviews with Tim Barry; Great Crusades; Matt Pond PA; Ken Will Morton ; Tony Sly; Feature on Jimi Hendrix; Plus: CD; DVD and Book reviews.

Issue #42 March 2010
Cover Story:
Allison Moorer; Also interviews with Juliana Hatfield; Mean Jeans; OkGo; Chad Price; The Revelling; Tegan & Sara; Plus: CD; DVD and Book reviews.

Issue #41 February 2010
Cover Story:
Chantal Kreviazuk; Also interviews with Feral Children, Flyleaf, Janus, Maria McKee, Star Fucking Hipsters; features on AC/DC, King Crimson, and Nirvana; Plus: CD, DVD, and Book reviews.

 

INNOCENT WORDS MAGAZINE BACK ISSUE 2009

Issue #40 December 2009
Cover Story:
Jawbox; Also interviews with The Bomb; Exene Cervenka; The Riptides; Spring Tigers; Kristen Ward; DIY Spotlight on Sean Walsh and the National Reserve; Plus: CD, DVD, and Book reviews.

Issue #39 November 2009
Cover Story:
Pearl Jam; Also interviews with American Steel; BYO Records; Cobra Skulls; Pete Droge and Elaine Summers; Lisa Germano; The Get Up Kids; Teenage Bottle Rockets; Plus: CD; DVD and Book reviews.

Issue #38 October 2009
Cover Story:
Visqueen; Also interviews with Chevelle; The Jaguar Club; Kay Kay and the Weathered Underground; The Scarred; Screaming Females; DIY Spotlight on Bronze Radio Return; Feature on the Stone Roses; Plus: CD; DVD and Book reviews.

Issue #37 September2009
Cover Story:
Our Lady Peace; Also interviews with Jenny O. Youngs; Broadway Calls; Kurt Danielson (TAD); Traindodge; feature on the Jayhawks and DIY Spotlight on Shark Speed. Plus: CD, DVD, and Book reviews.

Issue #36 August 2009
Cover Story;
Crocodiles; Also interviews with Josh Berwanger (The Anniversary/Only Children); Bouncing Souls; The Horse’s Ha; Marcy Playground; Hugo Mudie (Sainte Catherines/Yesterday’s Ring); Merit; Plus: CD, DVD, and Book reviews.

Issue #35 July 2009
Cover Story;
The Dangerous Summer; Also interviews with Living with Lions; Dusty Rhodes and the River Band; Operation Aloha; Settle; A feature on Jeff Buckley; Plus: CD, DVD and Books reviews.

Issue #34 June 2009
Cover Story:
Anti-Flag; Also interviews with  Color of Violence; From First To Last; Fastball; Haymarket Riot; Tommy Keene; Left Alone; MC Lars; Misc; Plus: CD, DVD and Books reviews.

Issue #33 April/May 2009
Cover Story:
Ume; Also interviews with Ace Enders; Julien-K; KMFDM;  Roger Manning Joseph; Jr. (Jellyfish/Imperial Drag); Franz Nicolay (Hold Steady); l; The Thermals; Taste of Chaos Tour - featuring interviews with Cancer Bats; Four Year Strong; Pierce the Veil; And a feature remembering the life of Utah Phillips; Plus reviews of CDs; DVDs and Books.

Issue #32 February/March 2009
Cover Story:
Rise Against; Also interviews with Cheap Trick; Dead To Me; Larkin Grimm; Dustin Kensrue (Thrice) Reel Big Fish; Plus: CD, DVD and Books reviews.


INNOCENT WORDS MAGAZINE BACK ISSUE 2008

Issue #31 Holiday Issue 2008
Cover Story:
Innocent Words goes online exclusively. Also interviews with The Ducky Boys  Cheap Girls; Cute Lepers; Conor Oberst; Osaka Popstar; Matt Pryor (Get Up Kids); the Real McKenzies; The Toadies; Dar Williams; And a feature on Jeff Ament (Pearl Jam)l The Clash; Ani DiFranco; and Shawn Smith; Plus: CD, DVD and Books reviews.

Issue #30 September/October 2008
Cover Story:
Juliana Hatfield; Also interviews with Alkaline Trio; The Briggs; Camper Van Beethoven; Dresden Dolls; Ducky Boys; Sarah Fisher; Gaslight Anthem; Gazelle; Hamell on Trial; Less Than Jake; Mudhoney; Plus: CD, DVD and Books reviews.

Issue #29 June/July 2008
Cover Story:
Flogging Molly’s Green 17 Tour; Also interviews with  Broadway Calls; Brontpsaur; Doug Pinnick (King’s X); The Loved Ones; Nada Surf; Rachael Sage; And a feature on Willie Nelson and R.E.M. Plus: CD, DVD and Books reviews.

Issue #28 March/’April 2008
Cover Story:
Chris Walla (Death Cab for Cutie); Also interviews with The Bruises; Coheed & Cambria; The Frantic; Headlights; Maritime; Siouxsie Sioux; Kim Warnick (Fastbacks); The Whigs; Plus: CD, DVD and Books reviews.
 
Issue #27 December2007/January 2008
Cover Story:
Raine Maida (Our Lady Peace) interviewe3d by his wife/musician Chantal Kreviazuk; Also interviews with Carrie Akre; American Steel; Dropkick Murphys; Eisley; Envy on the Coast; Flatliners; Ryan Groff; Angie Heaton; Low Budgets; Mustard Plug; Doug Pinnick (King’s X); John Ralston; Tegan & Sara; Plus: CD, DVD and Books reviews.


INNOCENT WORDS MAGAZINE BACK ISSUE 2007

Issue #26 October/November 2007
Cover Story:
Bad Religion; Also interviews with  Against Me!; The Clientele; G. Love & Special Sauce; Chantal Kreviazuk; Abra Moore; Patton Oswalt; Chuck Ragan (Hot Water Music); Rooney; John P. Strohm (Blake Babies); Two Loons for Tea. And a Johnette Napolitano (Concrete Blonde) and Pearl Jam's 7-CD box set Live At the Gorge! Plus: CD, DVD and Books reviews.

Issue #25 August/September 2007
Cover Story:
Silverchair; Also interviews with Earthless; I;Scintilla; The Only Children; Grant Lee Phillips; Poison the Well; Sherwood; Smoke or Fire; Rosie Thomas; Tuatara; Plus: CD, DVD and Books reviews.

Issue #24 May/June 2007
Cover Story:
Play from Desoto Records; Also interviews with  Anagram; Eames Era; Calvin Johnson; Kaddisfly; Menomora; The Queers; and Lucinda Williams; Plus: CD, DVD and Books reviews.

Issue #23 February/March 2007
Cover Story:
The Shins; Also interviews with The Channels; Branches; The Joggers; 2007 Take Action Tour; The 2006 Best Of releases; Plus: CD, DVD and Books reviews.


INNOCENT WORDS MAGAZINE BACK ISSUE 2006

Issue #22 November/December 2006
Cover Story:
Soul Asylum; Also interviews with Cracker; Heartless Bastards; Ignite; Junior Varsity; Salaryman; The Thermals; Traindodge; Triple Whip; Veruca Salt; Plus: CD, DVD and Books reviews.

Issue #21 September/October 2006
Cover Story:
Innocent Words Records new bands Cameran and The Great Crusades. An in depth conversation with independent musicians as they look back on 9/11 five years later; And a feature on Sonic Youth; Plus: CD, DVD, and Book reviews.

Issue #20 June/July 2006
Cover Story;
Pearl Jam; Also interviews with Atreyu; Bang Bang; Brief Candles; Ever We Fall; Lisa Germano; Hazard County Girls; Mecca Normal; New Amsterdams; And a feature on independent music in film and television; Plus: CD, DVD, and Book reviews.

Issue #19 April/May 2006
Cover Story:
Take Action Tour ’06; Also interviews with Aloha; Buzzcocks; Crush Kill Destroy; Deadboy & the Elephantman; Califone; Hamell on Trial; Low Skies; The Like Young; Mudhoney; and a feature on local women in rock; Plus: CD, DVD, and Book reviews.

Issue #18 February/March 2006
Cover Story:
King’s X; Also interviews with Hilken Mancini and Chris Colbourn; Jack Endino; Latterman; Life and Times; Lydia Lunch; Mad Science Fair; Motion City Soundtrack; Plus: CD, DVD, and Book reviews.


INNOCENT WORDS MAGAZINE BACK ISSUE 2005

Issue #17 November/December 2005
Cover Story:
Sub Pop Records featuring interviews with Sleater Kinney, Kinski, and Rosie Thomas; Also interviews with Dropsonic; The Epoxies; Mike Park; Utah Phillips; Triple Whip; Transistor Transistor; Scot Baubour director of “Malfunkshun; The Andrew Wood Story”; Steve Diet Goeede; and a feature on Our Lady Peace; Plus: CD, DVD, and Book reviews.

Issue #16: August/September 2005
Cover Story:
Terminus Victor; Also interviews with American Minor; Jane Boxall; Delta Kings; The Greedy Loves; Headlights; Living Blue; Lorenzo Goetz; Cameron McGill; Parasol Records; Producer Mark Rubel; Shipwreck; WRFU Radio; Plus: CD, DVD, and Book reviews.

Issue #15 May/June 2005
Cover Story:
Jimmy Eat World; Also interviews with Adeline Records’ Jason White; Heartless Bastards; Hopeless Records’ Download Punk;  Conor Oberst; South By Southwest Roundup; Plus: CD, DVD, and Book reviews.

Issue #14 March/April 2005
Cover Story:
Tegan & Sara; Also interviews with Blue Meanies; Hot Water Music; Ms. Led; Maia Sharp; Features on Innocent Words Compilation for Charity Vol. 3; Ani DiFranco;  King’s X live; Plus: CD, DVD, and Book reviews.


INNOCENT WORDS MAGAZINE BACK ISSUE 2004

Issue #13 October/November 2004
Cover Story:
Lorenzo Goetz; Also interviews with
Lucia Cifarelli (KMFDM); Goodyear Pimps; Jack Irons; Photographer Dave Naz; A feature on the health care system (or lack there of)l Music for America; Plus: CD, DVD, and Book reviews.

Issue # 12 August/September 2004
Cover Story:
I:Scintilla; Also interviews with Great Western Recording Stuido; Nicole McKenna; Novatone; Now, It’s Overhead; Old Ghost; Plus: CD, DVD, and Book reviews.

Issue #11 May/June 2004
Cover Story:
Haymarket Riot; Also interviews with Crank a Record Company; Lanterna; Little Kids Rock Foundation;The Method and Result: Features on anti reality televisionl; Daring to look stupid; Doing the new two step; Plus: CD, and DVD reviews.

Issue #10 March/April 2004
Cover Story:
Pearl Jam live; Also interviews with Artists Brittney Bindrim; Chunksaah Records; Jack Endino; Cameron McGill;  Photographer Charles Peterson; Rainer Maria; Stickfigure; Feature on Ani DiFranco; Plus: CD, and DVD reviews.

INNOCENT WORDS MAGAZINE BACK ISSUE 2003

Issue #9 Winter 2003
Cover Story:
Hamell on Trial; Also interviews with
31 Knots; Firetrucs; Miochael Franti; Hey Mercedes; Roslyn Recordsl The Shins; Some Girls; Steve Turner; Plus: CD, and DVD reviews.

Issue #8 Fall 2003
Cover Story:
King’s X; Also interviews with Allette Brooks; McKenzie Closen; Finger Eleven; Photographer Steve Diet Goedde; Houston; The Life and Times; Andrea Maxand; The Unseen; Plus: CD, and DVD reviews.

Issue #7 Summer 2003
Cover Story:
Pearl Jam; Also interviews with Brady Brock, Cursive, Riddle of Steel, Edgar Smith; Temple of Low Men; Features on The Cowboy Monkey; Ani Difranco; The Fein Brothers; Plus: CD, and DVD reviews.

Issue #6 Spring 2003
Cover Story:
Sub City Records; Also Interviews with Centuar; Emotional Rec Club;, Grand Mal; Matt Pond PA; The Vandalsl The Violents;  Water Between Continets; A feature on Pearl Jam’ new Album Riot Act; Plus: CD, and DVD reviews.


INNOCENT WORDS MAGAZINE BACK ISSUE 2002

Issue #5 Winter 2002
Cover Story:
Innocent Words Records launches with release of charity compilation Small, My Table; Also interviews with G. Lee & Jet Blonde; The Shins; Features on The Plea for Peace Tour; Regarding Angels, Volta Do Mar, Paul Westerberg; Plus: CD and DVD reviews.

Issue #4 Fall 2002
Cover Story:
Abstinhe Blind, Brad, Ani DiFranco, Rachael Sage; Also interviews with Black Tape for a Blue Girl; Photographer Heidi Calvert; Local H; New Constitution; Pinkston; Sixer; Ty Tabor; Wilco; Plus: CD and DVD reviews.

Issue #3 Summer 2002
Cover Story:
Burden Brothers, Hey Mercedes, Knievel, Time Spent Driving; Also interviews with The Catheters; Maroons; Mull Historical Society; Piebald; Regarding Angels; Stickfigure; Plus: CD and DVD reviews.

Issue #2 Spring 2002
Cover Story:
20 Years of BYO Records; Also interviews with Angels In Architecture; Glasseater; Iffy; Thursday; A Feature on Ani Difranco; Plus: CD and DVD reviews and Poetry.

Issue #1 December 2001 (As Confronting Innocent Words)
Cover Story:
Artist Michelle Liggett; Also interviews with Eva Hunter and All Systems NORML; Plus: CD and DVD reviews and Poetry

  

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