We Lose Another Music Magazine

Like I do every month, I spent another forty dollars on British music magazines yesterday.  The new Q was out yet, but I did find new issues of Mojo, Record Collector and Uncut.  I didn’t see The Word on the stand. Maybe later.

Or maybe not.  The Word, one of the more erudite of the British mags, is finished.  One more issue in August and that’s it.

I often wonder how the UK can support so many high-quality monthly music magazines.  This truth is they can’t.  Circulation for virtually every paid publication has been steadily slipping for the last several years.

Blame the Internet.  The magazine industry is trying desperately to reinvent itself for the age of tablets. Meanwhile, readship keeps falling.

Frankly, I’d rather have all my magazines on a table.  The multimedia possibilities are staggering.  And my basement (with decades of saved magazines) would become less of a fire hazard.

Still, there’s something to be said for sitting on the couch with a nice glossy magazine.  I wonder how long that will last?


Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 30+ 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.

2 thoughts on “We Lose Another Music Magazine

  • June 29, 2012 at 2:50 pm

    Don't think the NME print edition will last long either – the last music paper left in the UK.Circulation under 30,000 these days.The monthly Classic Rock + Classic Rock Prog (Future Publishing) seem to be doing better though.

  • June 29, 2012 at 9:44 pm

    Spin is now publishing once every 2 months.


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