Awesome Magazine Covers from the 1990s

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.

Select - Suede

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.

NME - Damon December 1995

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 40+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

3 thoughts on “Awesome Magazine Covers from the 1990s

  • February 3, 2015 at 7:17 pm

    Damn, when did you last think about Terrorvision or Cast??

  • February 3, 2015 at 9:41 pm

    Agreed, got anything with Oasis and Morrissey on the cover and some other britpop bands. Know this is a bit random, but I’m reminded of a show on the old CFNY every Wednesday (I think), there was a correspondent that gave updates on the UK music scene.

  • February 3, 2015 at 11:06 pm

    Where’s Echobelly, The Longpigs and The Boo Radleys?


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