In the late 1980s the magazine of choice for collectors of punk, indie, alternative and industrial music wasn’t Record Collector, it was Spiral Scratch magazine.
Run by Lee Woods who was the man behind Raw Records it started as a newspaper distributed at record fairs but after three issues became a magazine and was available in high street outlets.
I can’t recall why it closed but I remember that he expanded and had a more mainstream magazine called Music Collector so maybe it was too much too soon.
Spiral Scratch remains an excellent reference source for collectors but curiously has little commercial value. Click here for a list of issues.