Friday, 4 March 2016

Music and Radio Magazines

Music and Radio Magazines

I've loved magazines from being about ten years old - well, not quite magazines in those days. it was music papers. A friend at school (Ian Colebourne - where is her now?)  had an elder brother who was chucking out his stash of Record Mirror and Mersey Beat issues. These were weekly tabloid size on newsprint, I think I got some Fabulous 208 mags from him too which had lots of pictures of music stars,mainly Cliff and Elvis. 

I began taking Disc and Music Echo myself and then  Record Mirror, especially as they covered the radio stations, and especially those on the ships which Melody Maker and the NME ignored. The Melody Maker had been running since 1926 but folded into the NME in 2000, which itself has recently collapsed to just 20,000 copies a week. The electronic version has not taken off and has less than 2,000 subscribers. 

I continued subscribing to these and more throughout the 1970s - they provided much needed information when I was DJing and for many years kept huge archives of back copies of Mix Mag, Blues & Soul, and those papers. 

Its only pretty recently that I've been persuaded to move most of them on, although I still have about 20 years of Record Collector. It was one of my favourites for many years, as was Radio & Records (an American weekly, now sadly gone). I still have many years of Private Eye, essential reading once a fortnight. 

A while ago we were asked to recommend a library of books and of periodicals  for a radio station to make sure their presentation team were up to date.  I spent a couple of days trawling through whats available, and thought this might be a useful exercise to repeat now, so here is a pretty comprehensive listing of the magazines you can find at your newsagent today.  A far better way though is to subscribe which has five great advantages.  

  1. It makes sure you don't miss a single copy.  That's can be very important if you are very busy! You get extra free gifts too - exclusive music CDs, and so on
  2. You often get each issue s a few days before it appears in the shops,
  3. Your copy turns up nicely sealed in a plastic wrapper,  not dog-eared and well thumbed like some of those at the newsagents!
  4. Its often much cheaper as a subscriber - you can get up to a half or so off the cover cover price.
Happy reading -  but don't forgot to come back here for my Blog every now and then!


Q Music, content section Acoustic  Monthly guitar, incl tutorials.
Alternative Press   Live rock music  
Audio Media (for engineers)
Bass Guitar Mag a monthly 
Bass Player Leading UK bassist's Monthly. 
Big Cheese  Fashion & music for teen boys
Billboard (American)
Blues & Soul  Long running fortnightly
Clash (UK independent)
Classic Pop
Classic Rock
Mojo Music Magazine coverCountry Music People.  UK monthly
DJ Monthly  Clubbing DJ monthly (UK)
Downbeat  Jazz and Blues monthly 
Fader   Leading Culture bi-monthly
Fireworks   bi-monthly, melodic rock 
Froots (folk  & roots + world music)
Future Music
Guitarist  Very popular monthly mag
Heat Magazine   Lifestyle and pop / RnB
Hip Hop Magazine US fortnightly urban
i-D   Style & Culture
Jazz Journal    Monthly, since 1948
Jazz Times US monthly, jazz with soul
Jazzwise  modern and stylish jazz
K-Mag   (Drum & Bass monthly)
Kerrang! (World biggest rock music monthly)
Live UK  (concerts, equipment & tours
Living Blues Afro-US with US radio charts
Maverick bi-monthly quality country mag
Metal Hammer Hardcore & loud rock mag
MixMag (dance music and DJs lifestyle)
Modern Drummer  Monthly 
MOJO (rock, Alternative and World Music) 
Mondo DR   for sound & light engineers
Music Tech Magazine
Music Week UK Recording industry
NME rock and pop week paper
PowerPlay  Heavy rock and Metal monthly
Record Collector bible of vinyl fans
Rhythm Magazine   summers magazine
Rolling Stone Iconic pop culture mag
Songlines  World music bi-monthly

Sound On Sound equipment focussed monthly
The Source Monthly hip-hop / urban
The Wire   
Time Out    Listing magazine for London 
Top of the Pops  Teen fashion and charts.
Total Guitar monthly, covers amp's too.
UNCUT  new & classic rock music 
VIBE   Hip Hop Magazine
We Love Pop Teenyboppers monthly
Wire  Monthly underground music mag
XXL  Quarterly American hip-hop mag
ZERO TOLERANCE experimental metal

1 comment:

  1. My wife and I met through a Paypal advert placed by her in Disc and Music Echo. Great seeing the top of one in this post. Keith