I calculated that at one point I spent nearly $4,000 a year on music magazines. (Hey, it was part of my job!) I’d head into Chapters or Indigo every month to pick up my copies of Q, Mojo, Record Collector, Kerrang, Uncut, The Word, Sounds, Rolling Stone, Alternative Press, The Big Issue, Guitar World, Modern Drummer and whatever else I could find. And for a while, my favourite publication was Select.
More than any other magazine, Select championed the Britpop era. If you wanted to know about Pulp, Suede, Echobelly, Blur, Oasis, Dodgy, Elastica, The Auteurs, Cataonia, Cast, Menswear, Ash, Placebo and everyone else.
I don’t buy nearly as many dead tree magazines as I used to. Many of the magazines on my list have closed up shop. My only must-have mag is Record Collector. I get everything else online or through subscriptions on my iPad. But this gallery from Buzzfeed reminded me how awesome it used to be for music magazines back in the 90s. Then the Internet came along and killed them.