More Music Magazines Fall Upon Hard Times

The folding of music mag Blender Magazine earlier this year seems to be just the beginning for even harder times upon the already struggling print music magazine industry.

Two weeks ago indie-rock based Paste Magazine put a plea out to their readers to donate money in order help save the magazine from closing. (In exchange donors receive access to 70+ “rare and exclusive tracks” from artists like Of
Montreal, The Decemberists, Indigo Girls and She & Him.)

Now hot on the heels of that news comes word that renegade UK rag Plan B has decided to pull the plug on their operation. This saddens me deeply, as Plan B, and it’s predecessor Careless Talk Costs Lives were among some of the very few smart, original, and far from cliched music mags out there.

How do you feel about all the recent closings of the world’s music publications? Are there some you are glad to see go (and some you are hoping will fade away)?

Published by Laura

I run The Modern

2 replies on “More Music Magazines Fall Upon Hard Times”

  1. As a Blender subscriber, I’d have to say this is disappointing. Sure, Blender had its detractors, but I found it a fun magazine that lead me to discovering new music, such as Gnarls Barkley. Now I’m left wondering what, if any, magazine I should subscribe to. Rolling Stone? I haven’t read it regularly since I let my subscription lapse 10 years ago. Spin? I may just stick to online sites… I really liked Blender‘s mix of music and humor, and I don’t know if I’m going to find that in any other magazine.

    I think we’re seeing a serious paradigm shift here, thanks in part to the economy, where more and more companies are going to push their presence online instead of in print. With smartphones getting more powerful everywhere, and the ability to connect and grab content anywhere, any time, I think they will replace the printed page.

  2. very similar to what is happening to many newspapers. get ready to pay for online content.

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