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Music Magazines


  • Disc

    Disc was a weekly British popular music magazine, published between 1958 and 1975, when it was incorporated into Record Mirror. It was also known for periods as Disc Weekly (1964–1966) and Disc and Music Echo (1966–1972).

  • Downbeat

    Down Beat is an American magazine devoted to "jazz, blues and beyond" to indicate its expansion beyond the jazz realm which it covered exclusively in previous years. The publication was established in 1934 in Chicago, Illinois. It is named after the "downbeat" in music also called "beat one" or the first beat of a musical measure.

  • Melody Maker

    Melody Maker, published in the United Kingdom, was, according to its publisher IPC Media, the world's oldest weekly music newspaper. It was founded in 1926 as a magazine targeted at musicians; in 2000 it was merged into "long-standing rival" (and IPC Media sister publication) New Musical Express. Originally the Melody Maker (MM) concentrated on Jazz, and had Max Jones, one of the leading British prosletysers for that music, on its staff for many years. It was slow to cover rock and roll - one editorial describing the music as "a flash in the pan" - and lost ground to the New Musical Express (NME), which had begun in 1952. MM began its Melody Maker LP charts in November 1958, two years after the Record Mirror published the first UK Albums Chart.

  • NME
  • Record Mirror
  • Smash Hits

    Smash Hits was a pop music based magazine, aimed at children and young teenagers, and originally published in the United Kingdom by EMAP. It ran from 1978 to 2006 and was issued fortnightly for most of that time. The name survives as a brand for a related spin-off digital television channel, digital radio station, and website which have survived the demise of the printed magazine.

  • Sounds

    Sounds was a British music paper, published weekly from October 10, 1970 – April 6, 1991. It was well known initially for giving away posters in the centre of the paper (initially black and white, but colour from late 1971) and later for covering Heavy Metal (especially the New Wave of British Heavy Metal (NWOBHM)) and Oi! music in its late 1970s-early 1980s heyday. Sounds was the first music paper in its coverage of punk and in the late eighties was maintaining its reputation for getting there first when John Robb covered Manchester and came up with the phrase 'Britpop' whilst writing for Sounds whilst Keith Cameron wrote about Nirvana as well after John Robb did the first ever interview with them.

  • Swing Journal
  • The Wire
  • Vox

    Vox was a British music magazine, first issued in October 1990. It was published by IPC Media and was later billed as a monthly sister-magazine to IPC's music weekly, the NME. Although Vox was seen as IPC's response to EMAP's Q magazine, it was unable to match the circulation figures generated by Q in the 1990s.

  • ZigZag

    ZigZag was the name of a cutting-edge UK rock music magazine. Started in 1969 by Pete Frame the magazine was famous for its thorough interviews, well-researched articles, innovative "rock trees" and taste in American songwriters such as Michael Nesmith, Mickey Newbury, Gene Clark, etc..).


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