`The hell with subtlety," proto-critic Lester Bangs once remarked. Bangs was long dead by the time Scott Hefflon and friends founded Lollipop in 1993, but Hefflon's magazine of music and pop subculture has for the past decade been a direct spiritual descendant of the Bangs ethos.
Lollipop's attitude comes through clearly on its T-shirts, which are emblazoned with an earthier, two-word version of Bangs' utterance. There's also the tone of the magazine, which ranges from irreverence to iconoclasm in interviews, features and reviews. Sacred cows aren't safe in Lollipop. The April/May issue, for example, includes a scathing "diary" by Jon Bon Jovi, which includes hilarious (and fake, of course) first versions of the lyrics to "Livin' on a Prayer," a series of jottings of possible band names ("Jon Bon and the Aces," for one) and an anti-fan letter dissing the Iron Sheik: "You are a bum! Iran is NOT number one, and neither are you. You are a cheater and Hulk Hogan is going to show you what wrestling is about next week." Classic.