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Robbie Parry
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Posted: 07 March 2018 at 8:12am | IP Logged | 1 post reply

Jeez, it's been my "Bible" for so long:


Quite a few music magazines have gone. METAL HAMMER and CLASSIC ROCK almost disappeared in late 2016, but Future Publishing, who had owned them prior to TeamRock, bought them again. Future secured again (for now).

It'll be odd not seeing NME on sale.
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Never really liked the NME, they seemed to look down in
a snide manner on the music i liked, and praised
inconsequential stuff.I much preferred Sounds and Record
Mirror, both long gone!
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Can you think of any others that have disappeared, Bill?

Mind you, SMASH HITS was the one I bought religiously in addition to NME.

Now, I only but METAL HAMMER religiously. I'll pick up MOJO if the contents interest me. 
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Hot Metal, RAW magazine.., they went Britpop overnight
with no prior warning, so deserved their rapid demise
afterwards! My cousin passes the odd Mojo on to me
sometimes,but I find it too broad in it's scope but too
limited in it's rock content, if that makes sense!
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Posted: 07 March 2018 at 9:25am | IP Logged | 5 post reply

It does. 

One of the best MOJO issues featured an excellent cover CD of "The Dark Side of the Moon". 

In recent years, I haven't been as interested except on occasion, e.g. one issue was about electronic music, which I do like.

I do question value for money at times. As I said to Richard White in the video games topic, if a magazine has several pages on a topic of interest, but the remaining pages don't interest me, it's hard to justify a purchase.

I hope you regularly bought SMASH HITS, Bill. ;-)
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Posted: 07 March 2018 at 10:15am | IP Logged | 6 post reply

In the early days when it first came out yes, it had a
decent punk/new wave content!
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In the pre-internet age, such publications were the only source for news (well, there were tabloids, but who'd want to read them?).

I remember anxiously awaiting the next issue of SMASH HITS.
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I preferred Melody Maker, which merged into NME anyway (but years after I stopped reading).

Haven't bought NME since it was newspaper format. Going digital makes perfect sense to me, given that it seems it was being given away free anyway.
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Ah, MELODY MAKER. I'd forgotten about that one.

I am worried for the future of music publications. Yes, print media is in trouble, anyway, but it seems quite a few long-running music publications have gone.

I know a comparison isn't necessarily helpful, but despite portents of doom pertaining to print media, well I see several football magazines on the shelves, many of which have been running for years:

WHEN SATURDAY COMES
MATCH
FOUR FOUR TWO
MATCH OF THE DAY MAGAZINE
WORLD SOCCER

There are more. They've been running for years. I have no idea about sales figures, I'm simply saying that whilst some genres seem to be surviving a decline in print sales, quite a few music magazines have gone, are in trouble or seem to be on the way out.

I suppose price can play a part. Cover CDs may be classed as 'free gifts' ( redundant term if ever there was one), but you're paying via the cover price. If a music magazine is six quid or less, it can be off-putting, whereas some magazines (non-music) can be 4 or less. 
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Magazines aimed at a specific audience seem to do
alright, i guess once you`re a football fan or music fan
you`re one for life.Yes, we can get our news online
nowadays, but i like to relax with my feet up reading a
physical magazine wether it be Sci-Fi, film or music
related.
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I prefer magazines. Problem with reading news online is that your fingers are only ever a second away from "searching for funny cat videos" on YouTube or checking to see if your colleague has sent an e-mail...
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I find reading online, especially news articles etc too
slow, i am a fast reader, plus all that scrolling or
tapping!
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It can be an issue. I've even had occasional issues with comiXology. I ordered THE INFINITY GAUNTLET via comiXology, but, mid-story, one page wouldn't load.

There was also one magazine I read online which, whilst 1 cheaper than the paper version, presented some problems. It could have been down to me, but every time I 'turned a page', the page would shrink to its microscopic proportions; I had to keep hitting that "magnifying glass" with each page. Too much effort!
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I know you are not keen on Comixology`s lack of letters
pages in reprint titles Robbie! I love the bargains to
be had though! Plus the suggestions based on my history,
some great 70`s gems!
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Rolling Stone...i have only ever bought the Rush cover
issue, i was not impressed!
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I've heard of Rolling Stone. Is it exclusively music or a mix of music and current affairs? It rings a bell.
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American mag, not my cup of tea!
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The only issue of Rolling Stone I ever bought was back in 1989 with Michael Keaton on the cover, at the height of Batmania.

To my knowledge, the mag covers music, film, TV, politics, though it is strongly-associated with music.
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May as well share a cover in this thread:


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I used to like to say I had "no NMEs", but then I started to get it sometimes depending on what was in it. It was definitely lower down on my list after Record Collector, Uncut, Mojo and Shindig. There's only room for so many and I can still miss a monthly if I'm not paying attention. The need for a weekly (aside from live show listings) isn't what it used to be. I think too that NME had become indistinguishable from so many others, same type of photo covers and hooky type text. Maybe they could have done what Zig Zag and Dark Star used to do; artwork on the cover, hand lettering... anything but the same thing everyone else has been doing for over twenty years! I never have liked Q, only gave in and bought one special Beatles issue of it. Don't like modern Rolling Stone either though (or most U.S. entertainment/celeb/gossip stuff). It's like some technical institute turns out the people who make these kinds of magazines. I'd rather stick with the ratty old Goldmine paper and Ugly Things for America.


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My cousin often passes a pile of `Q` magazines on to me
when i see her, like NME it is quick to praise pop pap
despite supposedly being a serious music magazine, but
if it does review a classic/hard rock album you can bet
it will be snide and patronising.
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 Rebecca Jensen wrote:
 I think too that NME had become indistinguishable from so many others.

Excellent point. 

The NME cover I shared is indistinguishable from others. I don't know how one can build a brand when you do that. If you were to buy NME one week, you may well buy another publication the following week if everything is indistinguishable.

As for RECORD COLLECTOR, again, I like it, but I don't feel I can justify a purchase if 90% of the publication is about something that isn't of interest to me. Magazines are expensive now. So if they heavily feature Pink Floyd or KISS in one issue, that's fine, but if it's a four-page Pink Floyd feature, but with nothing else of interest, it's hard to justify such a purchase.
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"I use the NME...I use anarchy...cuz IIIIIII...wanna beeee anarchyyyy..."

Yes, that was my introduction to the NME's existence.

Feels weird that it's now over after all these years.

ROLLING STONE...let's just say that as a music magazine, there was always something else in the U.S. that was superior, CREEM or SPIN or OPTION or some other mag.

I'm glad that THE WIRE still exists, just to speak of UK music publications.
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I'm surprised niche magazines are surprising, e.g general magazines, such as METAL HAMMER, would have universal appeal (at least among metal fans), but there are ones devoted to subgenres. I am surprised their print run is worth it.
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Of the UK mags, Record Collector, Mojo and Uncut always depended on having substantial content of interest for me to pick them up, but I did buy Shindig regularly for ages. Also Mojo '60s for the first bunch, and lots of special issues under a Mojo, Q, Uncut or NME header. The few regular NMEs I have had something substantial about a 60s or '70s artist. I bought Vintage Rock for the first almost dozen issues and a special on Buddy Holly. It and Shindig started having lighter shorter pieces I felt, and about fairly mainstream acts where before they were more willing to cover feature someone obscure.

Flashback is great still, but expensive.

I bought Prog for a few issues, it seemed to have a run of features on the groups and artists I was interested in and not entirely prog, but then I bailed when they focused on prog outfits I had no interest in. Bought some Guitar & Bass for Hendrix or Yardbirds features, and one The Blues for a nice piece on Howling Wolf's London Sessions.

There was a magazine titled Strange Things (Are happening) in the late '80s I have the first four of and then couldn't get any more. It reprinted Krazy Kat comic strips and reviewed comics as well as music and other stuff.
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