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.
- 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
- You often get each issue s a few days before it appears in the shops,
- Your copy turns up nicely sealed in a plastic wrapper, not dog-eared and well thumbed like some of those at the newsagents!
- Its often much cheaper as a subscriber - you can get up to a half or so off the cover cover price.
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
Blues & Soul Long running fortnightly
Clash (UK independent)
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)
Guitarist Very popular monthly mag
Heat Magazine Lifestyle and pop / RnB
Hip Hop Magazine US fortnightly urban
Hip Hop Magazine US fortnightly urban
i-D Style & Culture
Jazz Journal Monthly, since 1948
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
Songlines World music bi-monthly
The Source Monthly hip-hop / urban
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