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LIGHTNING RELEASES — 06/06/14 –ALL ABOUT BARBRA fan Magazine celebrates 30 years of publishing. It’s hard to believe that a fan magazine started on a Government Grant 30 years ago would garner a world-wide readership. However when you consider its subject is Barbra Streisand, it’s not such a surprise.

“I began this magazine for Barbra’s fans,” Editor, Lynne Pounder explained. “There was nothing for her fans, especially in Europe. We got a grant and I set up AB Publications. We are non-profit making. Aside from a few bills, every penny goes into production. It isn’t your average looking fan magazine.”

With the on set of the internet and news and pictures moving around the globe in minutes, where does a magazine like this stand now? “Interestingly, we tried to go online and turn All About Barbra into an e-magazine. The hits were enormous, however I began to receive emails asking if I would produce a physical issue too, or return to paper publishing. I took an online vote, paper or e-publishing? The reaction was a unanimous return to paper, so here we are. Of course we cannot compete with new information and pictures, but you have to remember, Streisand’s career spans an incredible 50 years. The magazine covers and archives her career … we have plenty to report.”

Everyone involved is, of course, fans and all have full time jobs besides. “Our Graphic Designer Steven Baxter is based in Scotland. We publish about three or four times a year,” Lynne explained. “It’s funny, when I first started this, people said Barbra had practically done everything and would be slowing down. They were wrong.”

The burning question is, does Barbra know she has her very own magazine? “Of course,” Lynne said. “Barbra loves it. We have been very fortunate to be invited to see her live every time she has visited the UK (The magazine is based in England) and she has invited us backstage a few times for a chat. More recently we met with her in London, 2013, and mentioned the magazine was coming up to it’s 30th Anniversary, she thought it was amazing. She had lots of questions, and was genuinely surprised that interest had sustained it for so long.”

Aside from this, Barbra has been very helpful. “People always seem to misunderstand Barbra,” Lynne explained. “She is a very kind, giving person. She is terrific to meet and speak with too! Very funny and completely down to earth. She has given us autographed items to auction and we have raised thousands for various charities. She has given us pictures from her own collection, our favourite was a picture from her wedding to James Brolin. It helps that her manager has embraced us too. We really can’t praise Marty Erlichman, or his staff, enough.”

The latest issue is also celebrating the 50th Anniversary of Funny Girl on Broadway. “Anniversary is the buzz word this issue. We have also being successful in securing an interview with Barbra’s Executive Assistant while she was on tour, Monique Impagliazzo. “She a great girl, a writer/producer herself and was able to give us a great insight into Barbra and how she works.”