10 thoughts on “Question of the Week: What Were Your Favorite Magazines …

  1. the first issues of rolling stone from 1967-71 really influenced my listening and record buying.later creem and early crawdaddy,who put the bomp and new york rocker. now usually just mojo and no depression.from time to time record collector from the u.k.

  2. Yeah – the first couple years of Rolling Stone were amazing – the stories, the access, the opinions, THE PHOTOS. but then Creem took over my world because the stories and opinions were up front and the captions on the photos HYSTERICAL. I also ran out and bought the imported UK music tabloids: sounds, NME and Melody Maker – specifically to learn about new UK bands and the latest punk rock activities in mecca…er… London.

    But let’s be honest… as an adolescent, I loved Tiger Beat and 16 for the pictures of those teen idols and the dumb 20-questions Q&A’s designed to give me great insight into Paul McCartney just knowing his fave color was blue.

    I loved Trouser Press in its heyday because they covered artists and records I liked; ones that the Stone didn’t acknowledge existed… and the ones that Creem might poke fun at.

    There came a point when I understood about journalism, however and that rock writing was a breed of its own. These days, I read Mojo mostly because the writers get to show their craft, and Mojo does have some fine writers on board.

    Mostly, I admit… periodicals for me are all about the pictures. Naturally its because I have a vested interest in photos, but I also have my own opinion about music and need guidance less now than before… but I appreciate knowing new releases are out there.

  3. Usual suspects — Creem, early R.S. (my mom gave me a sub for Xmas in 1971!), BAM, early Circus, Bomp, Crawdaddy, Fusion. The latter really twisted me because it has a heavy cultural/political focus that the other mags didn’t always delve into; as a result, the reading helped shape other opinions and not just musical ones.

    O, whither the Mad Peck!

    And then when Trouser Press came along, well, that was all she wrote. I would read them again and again, as if I were studying for an exam. In a sense, I suppose I was.

    A few years ago we had a flood locally that nailed the climate controlled storage facility where I kept my archives. (Not my records, luckily.) Among the casualties: near-complete collections of most of the above. God, sometimes I miss some of those mags and get all wistful wondering — as if I were casting thoughts back to an old lover — if I’ll ever see ’em again.

  4. Rock Scene, can there be any questions?
    All photos with great captions, photo essays by Bob Gruen like “The Ramones Take The Subway,” pix from Leee Childers and Richard Craemermusic knowledge from Doc Rock (Lenny Kaye), Dating, Beauty and Fashion by Jayne (then still Wayne) Country, and movie reviews by Donald Lyons, record collecting by Alan Betrock.
    Stories like “What’s Next For Eno?” by Lenny, “At Home With Genevieve Waite and John Phillips, a pic of me and Lance Loud (who had a column called “Lance Loud’s Rock Autopsy!!!” leaving a party next to a pic of Andy w/Lauren Bacall, next to a pic of lovers Patti Smith and Tom Verlaine, next to John Lennon produces a B’way musical, and on the next page Lou Reed reveals “I Never Said I Was Pretty.” (Actually, he was, once.)

    Anyhow, in all my interviews with musicians (there are about 1500 of them on cassettes and data-based right here where I sit), Rock Scene was the magazine most frequently mentioned as their early favorite; the inspiration to BE in Rock Scene in a two-page picture spread like “David Johansen and Cyrinda Foxe Go To Chinatown” was the fuse that lit lots of their careers.
    It was as powerful a memory as their first reall rock concert at age 10, usually Kiss, where they and their little friends were dropped off by parents and picked up after the show. Within weeks, they all had white makeup and basement bands and high heels – if you didn’t know where to find boys’ sizes, Wayne County had a list.
    Let’s hear it for Rock Scene, still missed, never equalled.

    Danny Fields

  5. I’m prejudiced when it comes to CREEM, of course, but I agree with Danny that Rock Scene was a great magazine. I never missed an issue. Both CREEM and Rock Scene alerted me to stuff like the Ramones and Television before I ever heard a note of music from them.

    16 Magazine — co-edited by Danny — was my original intro to music journalism, though. Long live Gloria Stavers. Her Jim Morrison stories warped my precious little juvenile mind.

  6. i grew-up on the much underrated “Right On!” magazine, which was my intro to music journalism.

    the first couple of years of the ’80s SPIN magazine, which featured great pieces by quincy troupe, john leland and barry michael cooper–http://www.stopsmilingonline.com/story_detail.php?id=791.

    right now, i read Blender, because it’s the only mag with a sense of humor. like robert plant once said, “does anyone remember laughter?”

  7. While important, Crawdaddy was too up its own ass for me. I’d read Stone for the news and interviews, and to find out what was out, music-wise; not what the critics thought about it. Creem was funny, but again too full of itself for me (this is totally subjective, so you can’t argue; just differ.)

    Anybody remember Cheetah? Liked that a lot. Eye (a Hearst attempt at hipness) has its moments.

    Back in those days, Trouser Press was the one I’d read cover-to-cover and pay some attention to the reviews. Then there were High Fidelity, the hipper Stereo Review, and a bunch in that direction. Zig-Zag was terrific. Down Beat, when I was going through my early-’60s jazz phase.

    I wouldn’t have thought it possible, but Goldmine and DisCoveries got worse and worse as time goes by. Record Collector at lease used to be infinitely better, but I haven’t read (and barely seen) a copy in some years.

    Closer to the present, I used to like Q a lot, because it covered the old and new interestingly. But when Mojo spun off, I pretty much abandoned Q. Now, several editors later, I haven’t bought Mojo in several months, and don’t get the feeling that I’m missing anything.

    To be fair, I don’t know what a magazine would have to do to excite me, these days.

  8. My favourite magazines growing up were:

    Creem (good pics)

    Dynamite (for the bummers section and the colossal covers)

    Mad Magazine (huge don martin fan among everything else)

    Rolling Stone (it was great at one time… but that was long ago)

    Scholastic Scope (this was a magazine they gave out in school, but there were some interesting things in it. I remember reading an early short story of Isaac Asimov, and excerpts from Crime and punishment in it).

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