“Where did you get those Roundabouts?” is a frequent question we get in the Walker Local and Family History Center.
Roundabout was a pre-Free Times entertainment magazine that started August 28, 1985. It covered Columbia’ memorable 1980’s music scene and published movie reviews, club schedules and spanking record reviews from Scott Padgett in a column called Padgett’s Consumer Guide. Padgett described Yoko Ono’s voice in Hell In Paradise as “music to fillet your cat by”…ouch!
In the pictured January 14, 1986 issue, contributing writer Eddie Blakely gave a nod to local band The Calhoun’s as “quite possibly the freshest, most creative band to surface in Columbia’s music scene in years.” Other issues covered local bands like B.O.A. and the Spongetones.
So where did we get our 11 Roundabout issues? They were generously donated by a patron who knows that Columbia’s 1980’s music scene will not be remembered and preserved if he keeps cool stuff in his attic. We were delighted and honored to make a home for these Roundabouts so they can be shared today and with future generations.