OK, here's the situation. I am a 38 year old man. I read Rolling Stone thanks to a gift subscription but I've decided they're really not worth the paper they're printed on anymore.
Way too much political crap (McCain, Bush and Obama covers this year) and feature articles given to people I don't really have interest in. (Britney, Taylor Swift)
Is there a magazine out there focused predominantly on music that neither panders to every veteran musician (Has RS *ever* said anything negative about a Springsteen release?) nor discounts every release from a longtimer because they're "irrelevant"? And can I get said magazine without a strong dose of indie elitism?
I've read PASTE and it's OK but they seem to ignore anyone older than 30 making music. Right now, I'm tempted to go back to GOLDMINE being my only musical periodical. Help!
Hi Greg, I'm the newsstand lead at a Barnes and Noble. We have a lot of music magazines, but unfortunately, most of them do seem to be geared toward the younger set. There is one magazine that's printed in the UK called Mojo, that seems to cover lots of different music (and comes with a c.d. every month, and those tend to have older music on them, or covers of older music), including, obviously, a big selection of British talent. I have seen people ranging in age from 20 to 50 buying this magazine. I personally don't know much about it since I haven't flipped through it much, but it might be worth looking into.....a subscription might be a little pricey since it's from England, but buying them monthly from a bookstore isn't too bad. I think it's around 8 or 9 dollars. I hope this helps.....I wish I had more suggestions, but currently a lot of the music magazines cater to the indies and teens. Good luck! :)
Greg, you might like Harp. It's kind of like Paste, but with a little more grit. There is also Blender which can be fun, but also tends toward newer acts, lots of hip-hop. Still, they do have a memory that extends beyond this century, and in pieces listing the 50 best of various categories, I often find myself in general agreement.
Thanks for the MOJO and HARP recommendations. I'll check into 'em.
It's really hard to find a magazine that cares more about being OBJECTIVE with its music coverage/criticism than targeting a perceived demographic. I just want a magazine that writes about GOOD music....without regard for how young/old/well-known/"underground" they are. Should that be too much to ask?
I am surprised that no one has recommended Spin. It is not at all as how it started. I actually remember buying the first issue. You are going to get a mixed bag in every issue plus if you subscribe it is cheap. They recently interviewed Paul Weller much to my surprise.
Very late reply - apologies, but we've been subscribing to Mojo since before it was avaiblae in the US. Yes, it's pricey (via subscription via the UK - actually cheaper than buying issues at an US store), but it's ALL about music, old and new, which is refreshing. The CD that comes with it monthly vary - depending on your taste, but it's a nice bonus. The music book reviews are great as well. We highly recommend it!
I suggest checking out Making Music Magazine. It's for musicians of any age, any level. Great magazine filled with helpful tips, resources, articles, product reviews, etc. Nothing else like it in the mag market today.