When it comes to print publications, there’s no bones about it: the medium is moribund. Not dead, but dying. Yeah, it’s sad. I’m tempted to grab a cane and fedora and get all old-manny on everyone to wax poetic about the unique pleasure of holding a quality magazine, or book for that matter, in my hands. As a blogger I invite cries of hypocrisy, but, eh, I wouldn’t be a product of my generation if I didn’t. A well-conceived magazine is an experience. It’s an immersion into the magazine’s mythology, whether that’s a fancy for dogs or a love of folk music. The magazine as we know it died because a decline in specialization, because the “mainstream” medium courted too broad a demography and, in doing so, made loyalty difficult. Magazines like Arthur capture the zeitgeist for a very specific group of people, and though its sales will never stand beside Rolling Stone or Spin, it will endure in some form because its connection with readers is visceral, not fickle. It’s human.
With that said, I wanted to let you all know about a great magazine that just came out. It’s called Morning Magazine. Published in a limited edition of 130 numbered copies, Morning is a magazine devoted to cult sixties/seventies music. Each copy of the magazine features exclusive interviews and original artwork by Iker Spozio. The debut issue has rare photographs and interviews with Sibylle Baier, Norman Jopling (one of the most important music journalists of the sixties), the Poets’ George Gallacher (interview conducted by John Cavanagh), the Peep Show’s Stephen Morris and the Litter’s Tom “Zip” Caplan.
Check it out, and maybe throw some support their way too. It’s good stuff.
[ download ] Sibylle Baier – Tonight