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February 26th, 2009

Sibylle Baier featured in new Morning Magazine [ + bonus rant ]


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.

[ Morning Magazine Website ]

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  1. Nice rant. I think that while it is unfortunate that the magazine is dying, I do not think it will ever die. It may become a very rare bird some time down the line, but I am an unbeliever in its complete extinction. Written symbology/word on physical medium has existed since the dawn of humanity and I think that it is imprinted on our creative (sub)consciousness enough for it to be ever-lingering. I think expressing oneself in hand-written word is an integral part of our collective humanity, and equally as human as connecting to the visceral/psychic person or society. At least I hope that society does not get out of touch with the medium; maybe I hold those opinions in hopeful naivete. I am not sure about the lack of specialization being the disease, although that could certainly be a part of it. The industry is a bit over-saturated though. I think the magazine industry lacks the excitement, importance and urgency that it once carried pre-cybertopia. Besides, a lot of them are now too garish and over-saturated with ads. It is no longer culturally important; there is TV, there is the web. That said I think the bigger picture, especially nowadays, is that digital interface and community is just the bigger beast. Why get a subscription when you can just read it online?
    I, myself, prefer the more physical connection, especially when it comes to important and urgent cultural messengers such as Arthur (which is ironically in online hibernation as you probably know). I think those special magazines, the ones that really showcase that very manual creativity and the beauty of humanity are the ones that will (hopefully) stick around.
    Just one man’s two cents.

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