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We have 500+ online magazine PDF free on Century Past, with many thousands of back issues.  On this page; the creative arts. Use the links below.

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Art Magazines – Free PDF Magazine Back Issues

2D Artist Magazine – Free Online Art Magazines

2D Artist Magazine Website

2007-2014

UK: 3DTotal

“2DArtist magazine is the magazine for CG and digital artists around the globe, whether you already work in 2D or are just getting started. Each issue is full of techniques, tutorials, interviews, articles, project overviews and galleries. Every jam packed magazine will provide you with the perfect platform from which to improve your 2D skills, learn from the professionals and get inspiration for your next project.” – Publisher. Free Art magazines.

Art in America Magazine – Free Online Art Magazines

Art in America Magazine Website

1960s-2000s

1913-1960 at Internet Archive (Black & White)

F. F. Sherman

Volumes run from the 1960s to at least 2006, and are not in chronological order.
“Art in America magazine is for art lovers. Its focus on all types of artwork and its interviews with leading artists sets this magazine apart from its competitors. Whether you have an interest in classic pottery or the modern art movement, you will find gorgeous photographs and a unique insight into each type of artwork. Art in America magazine focuses on the art scene in various countries around the world, including the United States. Though the magazine sometimes delves behind the scenes, the language is easy for even beginners to understand. The large full-color photographs that accompany each article help you better understand the techniques used by each artist, and the photographs include images of both paintings and sculptures.” Free Art magazines.

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Artnois Magazine – Online Magazine PDF Free

Artnois Magazine Website

Issues 2012 – 2014

Artnois

“Discover Art and Music” – Website

Blender Art Magazine – Free Online Art Magazines

Blender Art Magazine Website

2006-2012

blenderart.org

Blenderart magazine is a bimonthly free PDF magazine featuring all new up to date tutorials, news and more articles on blender3d and related Open Source tools for CG, like the GIMP and inkscape.” – Publisher.

Cleveland Art Magazine – Online Magazine PDF Free

Cleveland Art Magazine Website

2010-2020

Cleveland, OH: Cleveland Museum of Art

Cleveland Museum of Art’s magazine for museum members. Cleveland Art Magazine, free digital magazines online.

Comic Book Artist Magazine

TwoMorrows Magazine Website

Issues 1998 – 2003

North Carolina: TwoMorrows

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Comic Book Creator Magazine – Free PDF Magazine Back Issues

TwoMorrows Magazine Website

Issues 2013 – 2015

North Carolina: TwoMorrows

“Comic Book Creator is the new voice of the comics medium, devoted to the work and careers of the men and women who draw, write, edit, and publish comics, focusing always on the artists and not the artifacts, the creators and not the characters.” – Publisher

Computer Arts Magazine – Online Magazine PDF Free

Computer Arts Magazine Website

1997-2016

Future

“The world’s leading magazine for graphic designers.” – Publisher. Computer Arts Magazine.

Draw! Magazine – Free PDF Magazines Archive

Draw! Magazine Website

Issues 2010 – 2016

Raleigh, North Carolina: TwoMorrows Publishing

“Draw! is the professional “How-To” magazine on comics, cartooning and animation. Each issue features in-depth interviews and step-by-step demonstrations from top comics professionals. NOTE: Some issues contain nudity for figure-drawing instruction; suggested for Mature Readers Only.” – Publisher. These free online magazines are shortened versions of the full $8.95 issues.

Imagine FX Magazine – Free Online Art Magazines

Imagine FX Magazine Website (Facebook)

2006-2020

Bath, UK: Future

“ImagineFX magazine is the only magazine for fantasy and sci-fi digital artists. Each issue contains an eclectic mixture of in-depth workshops from the world’s best artists, galleries and interviews, features, community news, software and hardware reviews, and the latest sci-fi and fantasy films and comics.” – Publisher.

Interview Magazine – Online Magazine PDF Free

Interview Magazine Website

1975-2010 (Black & White)

NY: Crystal Ball

Founded in 1969 by American artist Andy Warhol (1928–1987) and British journalist John Wilcock. Each issue features interviews with celebrities, artists, musicians, and creative thinkers.

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Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin – Free PDF Magazine Back Issues

Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin Website

1964-2019

U.S.

A quarterly publication, geared to a general audience, that focuses on works in The Met’s collection or exhibitions displayed at the Museum. Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin. Free digital magazines online.

Metropolitan Museum of Art Journal – Online Magazine PDF Free

Metropolitan Museum of Art Journal Website

1968-2019

U.S.

Issued annually by the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Its purpose is to publish original research on works in the Museum’s collection. Articles are contributed by members of the Museum staff and other art historians and specialists. Metropolitan Museum of Art Journal.

Nineteenth Century – Free Online Art Magazines

Nineteenth Century Magazine Website

2011-2017

2016 to latest issue

U.S.

“The flagship publication of the Victorian Society in America is the respected Nineteenth Century Magazine, published in the Spring and Fall as a benefit to members and distributed to more than 200 subscribing libraries. The magazine is devoted to the cultural and social history of the United States during the Victorian era, with regular features on architecture, fine arts, decorative arts, interior design, life-style, clothing, photography, and material culture.” – Website of the Victorian Society of America. Nineteenth Century Magazine back issues online.

Revolution Art Magazine – Online Magazine PDF Free

Revolution Art Magazine Website

2006-2015

Publicistas.org

All issues can be found free at either link.
“REVOLUTIONART International Magazine is a publication delivered in pdf format as a collective sample of the best of graphic arts, videos, music, modeling, and world trends. The objective of REVOLUTIONART is to serve as a inspirational source to artists, models, advertisers, photographers, designers and communicators in general who wish to explore new alternatives of expression through graphical samples of design, photo, illustration, ads, fashion, music, and general visual arts.” – Publisher.

Tatoo Magazines (Variety) – Free Online Art Magazines

ca 2008-2012

Chicago: Watkins

A collection of magazines and periodicals about tattoos, tattoo-related lifestyles, and design. Some titles: Tattoo Bible, Inked, Tattoo, Prick, Skin Shots International.

Library Research Guide (LibGuide) – Art Museum Collections Online

This webpage from the librarians at Bowling Green State University has a collection of links to art museums in the U.S., Europe and Asia that have substantial digital collections.


Collectors – Free PDF Magazines

Antique Collecting – Free PDF Magazine Back Issues

Antique Collecting Magazine Website

2019 – Present

UK: ACC Publishing

Articles and latest news and views about all things antiques and art.

Auction Catalog Collection – Free PDF Magazine Back Issues

Catalogs 2018 – Present

UK: Park Communications

A range of art auction catalogs printed by Park Communications UK for several auction houses, including Woolley & Wallis, Catherine Southon, Dydd Sadwrn Mawr, Universal Philatelic Auctions (stamps), Lindsay Burns, Netherhampton Salerooms, and Sworders.

Coins Magazine – Online Magazine PDF Free

Past issues

U.S.: Active Interest Media

“COINS magazine covers market trends, buying tips, and historical perspectives on all aspects of numismatics. The news section, “Bits and Pieces,” wraps up the latest happenings in numismatics. Regular columns and departments include “Basics & Beyond,” “Budget Buyer,” “Coin Clinic” (Q&A), the editor’s column, coin finds, a calendar of upcoming shows nationwide, “Coin Value Guide,” and “Market Watch.”” – Publisher.

Connoisseur: An Illustrated Magazine for Collectors – Online Magazine PDF Free

Connoisseur Magazine Website

1901-1991

NY Hearst

Originally a British magazine taken to the U.S. by the Hearst Corp., and published from 1901 to 1992. It focuses on fine art, high-end collectibles, antique furniture, opera, and luxury lifestyles. Old magazines online free, free magazines online. Connoisseur Magazine.

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Eldred’s Auction Catalogs – Free PDF Magazine Back Issues

Eldred’s Auction House Website

Catalogs 2018 – Present

East Dennis, Massachusetts: Eldred’s

“Eldred’s has been owned and operated by the Eldred family for three generations. Founded in 1947 by Robert C. Eldred, Sr., Eldred’s is the oldest continuously operating auction house in New England.” – Website.

Olympia Auctions Catalogs – Online Magazine PDF Free

Olympia Auctions Website

Catalogs 2015 – Present

London: Olympia Auction House

“Olympia Auctions: A place to buy and sell. We are conveniently located at London’s Kensington Olympia, where we have sold more than thirty thousand lots over the last decade. Sales are built and curated by individual specialists with thoroughly researched and profusely illustrated catalogues.” – Website

Waddington’s Auction Catalogs – Online Magazine PDF Free

Waddington’s Auction House Website

Catalogs 2007 – Present

Toronto, Canada: Waddington’s

“Waddington’s is Canada’s First Auction House, providing expert advice for 160 successful years. Our specialty departments include Asian, Canadian, Contemporary, International and Inuit, Decorative Arts, Fine Jewellery and Fine Wine & Spirits.” – Waddington’s.

Zacke Art Auction Catalogs

Zacke Art Auction Website

Catalogs 2018 – Present

Vienna, Austria: Zacke

“Galerie Zacke was founded 50 years ago in Vienna and has been a fixture of the Asian art market for decades, with countless exhibitions and sales. Some of the many catalogs we have published are highly sought-after today, offering unique insights into rare items such as Japanese samurai swords, archaic Chinese jades and the earliest known colored woodblock prints.” – Website

Websites of More Collectors’ Magazines

Free online versions of these collectors’ magazines are not available, but their websites feature articles of interest.

Antique Trader

Art & Antiques

The Magazine Antiques

Dolls Magazine

American Philatelist

Linn’s Stamp News

U.S. Stamp News

Coin World

Coinage

Coin Week

The Numismatist: for collectors of coins, medals, tokens and paper money

Paper Money

World Coin News


Crafts & Hobbies – Free PDF Magazine Back Issues

73 Amateur Radio Today Magazine – Amateur Radio Magazine

1960-2003

New Hampshire: 73 Magazine

“73 Magazine (also known as 73 Amateur Radio Today) was a United States-based amateur radio magazine that was published from 1960 to 2003. It was known for its strong emphasis on technical articles and for the lengthy editorials in each issue by its founder and publisher, Wayne Green.” – Internet Archive. Free hobby magazines.

Airfix Magazine for Plastic Modelers – Scale Modeling Magazine – Online Magazine PDF Free

1960-1992

UK: Knightsbridge

“Airfix Magazine was the first British magazine dedicated to the hobby of plastic modelling. It was launched in 1960 in association with the model kit company Airfix, and ceased publication in 1993. It covered various scale modelling subjects, including aircraft, railways, ships, vehicles (military and civilian), and military figures.” – Wikipedia.

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American Aircraft Modeler Magazine – Online Magazine PDF Free

1968-1975

Reno, Nevada: Potomac Aviation

No history of this magazine was found. Edward C. Sweeney, Jr. was the president of the publisher, Potomac Aviation of Reno, in the last issues that we have. American Aircraft Modeler Magazine.

American Woodworker Magazine – Woodworking Magazines Online

Popular Woodworking – American Woodworking Magazine Website

1989-1999

U.S.

Published by Home Service Publications, a division of Readers’ Digest, for woodworking hobbyists. American Woodworker Magazine back issues online.

Ancestry Magazine – Genealogy Magazine Online Free – Online Magazine PDF Free

1994-2010

U.S.

“Ancestry Magazine was a general interest genealogy magazine owned by Ancestry.com Operations Inc. The magazine began as Ancestry Newsletter, a small, genealogy-industry newsletter in 1983, and became a four-color, 68-page, glossy print, bimonthly publication in 1994. After more than 25 years in print, the magazine was discontinued with the March/April 2010 issue.” -Wikipedia. Google magazines, Ancestry back issues online, online genealogy magazines, Ancestry magazine archives online.

B&O Modeler Magazine – Model Train Magazine

B&O Modeler Magazine Website

2005-2011

U.S.: B&O RR Historical Society

“The B&O Modeler Magazine is a publication of the B&O RR Historical Society produced for the purpose of disseminating B&O modeling information. The Baltimore & Ohio Railroad Historical Society exists for the furtherance of historical research into the history of the B&O Railroad Company; education of the public in the history, purpose and social benefits of railroading with emphasis on the role of the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad Company …” – B&O RR Historical Society. Free hobby magazines.

The Belly Dance Chronicles – Online Magazine PDF Free

Issues 2015 – 2021

Colleyville, Texas: ISIS Foundation

“The Belly Dance Chronicles is an exciting publication promoting not just the ancient art of Middle Eastern Dance, but celebrating its defining history, the exciting changes of the present time and the creative dreams of the future.” – Publisher

Brick Journal – PDF Magazines Archive

Brick Journal Website

2013 – Present

Brick Journal

“BrickJournal magazine is the ultimate resource for LEGO® enthusiasts of all ages. It spotlights all aspects of the building community, showcasing events, people, and models in every issue, with contributions and how-to articles by top builders worldwide, new product intros, and more!” – Publisher. These are incomplete issues, for free promotional use.

Creative Knitting Magazine – Free Knitting Magazine Online

2007-2015

Indiana: Annie’s

Creative Knitting magazine was a publication by the Annie’s publishing house in Berne, Indiana. Apparently the magazine has been discontinued, but Annie’s continues to publish magazines on other sewing and needlework crafts such as crochet, cross-stitch, and quilting.

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Crochet Today Magazine – Crochet Magazine Online

Crochet Today Magazine Website

2006-2014

U.S.: Future

“Your magazine for fresh and modern crochet patterns!” – Publisher.

DieCastX Magazine – Model Car Magazine – Online Magazine PDF Free

DieCastX Magazine Website

2005-2009

Connecticut: AirAge Media

“Die Cast X, the #1 die cast magazine, takes an insider’s look at collecting and the history behind diecast cars and trucks. With award-winning journalists, industry pros and renowned photographers contributing expertly written editorial and visually compelling photography, Die Cast X connects the car lover to the diecast world by focusing on the styles and personalities behind the greatest vehicles. Each issue shows how leading designers and manufacturers translate full-size vehicles into exact scale models, as well as how diecast models have helped shape the automotive industry and motorsports.” – DieCastX Magazine Website

Extreme How-To Magazine – DIY Crafts Magazine – Free PDF Magazines

Extreme How-To Magazine Website

2008-2016

U.S.: Latitude3 Media Group

“The Enthusiast’s Guide to Home Improvement. Since 2002, ExtremeHowTo.com has been a top destination for the latest information on tools, techniques, building materials, and home-improvement products. From residential and remodeling contractors to homeowners and do-it-yourselfers, our readers are serious about tackling a wide range of home-remodeling, landscaping, and automotive jobs.” – Publisher.

Furniture & Cabinetmaking Magazine – Free Woodworking Magazine Online

Furniture & Cabinetmaking Magazine Website

2015-2016

UK: GMC Publications

“The only woodworking magazine focused exclusively on fine furniture making. It reports the latest styles, reflects the best of contemporary design, and also respects the traditions of the past. It features projects and technical articles for design makers regardless of skill level.” – Publisher. Free craft magazines. Furniture & Cabinetmaking Magazine.

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Handyman Variety – Crafts Magazines – Free PDF Magazines

Magazine Website

1958-2016

U.S.: Publisher

A mix of several titles, including Family Handyman, Workbench, and Home Handyman.

Knitting Magazine Collection – Free Online Knitting Magazines

Magazine Collection

Various publishers

This collection of about 900 knitting magazines on the Internet Archive includes numerous titles from many publishers, issued over many years. Some titles: Love Knitting, Knit Now, Patons’ Baby Favorites, Crochet Today, Jane Austin Knits, Creative Knitting, more. Free craft magazines.

Meccano Magazine – Free Online Hobby Magazines

Meccano Magazine Website

1916-1981

UK: Meccano

“Meccano is a model construction system created in 1898 by Frank Hornby in Liverpool, United Kingdom. The system consists of reusable metal strips, plates, angle girders, wheels, axles and gears, and plastic parts that are connected using nuts and bolts. It enables the building of working models and mechanical devices. In 1913, a very similar construction set was introduced in the United States under the brand name Erector. In 2000, Meccano bought the Erector brand and unified its presence on all continents.” – Publisher. Free hobby magazines. Meccano Magazine.

Piecework Magazine – Crochet Magazine – Free PDF Magazines

Piecework Magazine Website

2000-2015

Long Thread Media

“PieceWork magazine explores the personal stories and handwork of traditional makers from around the world, and investigates how specific objects were crafted and the stories behind them. Each issue includes beautiful full-color photographs, well-researched articles, and a wide range of in-depth how-to techniques and step-by-step projects, making needlework traditions come alive for today’s knitters, embroiderers, lacemakers, crocheters, and quilters.” – Publisher.

Scale Aviation Modeller Magazine – Model Airplane Magazine

Scale Aviation Modeller Magazine Website

1994-2009

UK: SAM

“Offers the latest news, previews, and product information on aircraft modeling. Regular features include reviews of the latest kits, information on decals and other accessories, air combat history, and an events calendar and directory of clubs and societies.” – Internet Archive. Free craft magazines. Scale Aviation Modeller Magazine.

Woodworker & Woodturner Magazine – Free Online Woodworking Magazine

Woodworker & Woodturner Magazine Website

2015-2016

UK: MyTimeMedia

How-to magazine for the home craftsman. Woodworker & Woodturner Magazine.


Magazines for Music – Free PDF Magazines

Artnois Magazine – Magazines for Music

Artnois Magazine Website

Issues 2012 – 2014

Artnois

“Discover Art and Music” – Website

Bass Magazine – Magazines about Music

Bass Magazine Website

Issues 2019 – 2020

Bass Magazine

“From in-depth artist interviews and revealing gear reviews to thought-provoking columns and insightful lessons, Bass Magazine is your daily destination for everything low end. Bass Magazine is brought to you by the team that created and ran Bass Player magazine for its first 30 years.” – Website

Beatles Monthly Book – Magazines about Music

1963-1969

London: Sean O’Mahony

“The Beatles Book (also known as Beatles Monthly) was a fanzine dedicated to the English rock band the Beatles, founded in 1963. It was first published in August 1963 and continued for 77 editions until it stopped publication after the December 1969 edition. It was revived in 1976, and ceased publication in 2003.” – Internet Archive.

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Billboard – Magazines for Music

Billboard Magazine Website

1894-2017 at World Radio History

1894-1938 at Internet Archive (Black & White)

1980-2011

Billboard Co., Cincinnati, OH

“An American entertainment media brand owned by the Billboard-Hollywood Reporter Media Group, a division of Eldridge Industries. It publishes pieces involving news, video, opinion, reviews, events, and style, and is also known for its music charts, including the Hot 100 and Billboard 200, tracking the most popular songs and albums in different genres. It also hosts events, owns a publishing firm, and operates several TV shows.” -Wikipedia. Billboard Magazine.

Blues Unlimited Magazine

1972-1987 (Black & White)

UK: BU Publications

Blues Unlimited was a British monthly music magazine dealing with all aspects of blues music published by BU Publications, Ltd. Issues featured interviews with established and obscure blues artists, record label news, record reviews, letters and discographies.

Canadian Musician Magazine – Magazines about Music

Canadian Musician Magazine Website

Issues 2015 – 2020

Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada: NWC World

“Canada’s magazine for professional and amateur musicians. Published bi-monthly, Canadian Musician features regular columns on Guitar, Bass, Keyboards, Percussion, Brass, Woodwinds, Vocal, MIDI, Business, Songwriting, Live Sound, Recording and On-Line Music. Also included are classified ads, opportunities for musicians, new releases and new products.” – Publisher.

Cash Box Magazine Music Industry Magazines – Magazines about Music

Cash Box Magazine Website

1942-1996

NY: Cash Box Inc.

“Cash Box was a weekly magazine dedicated to the music and jukebox industries published from July 1942 to November 1996. An alternative to Billboard Magazine, Cash Box included regional chart data, hit songs by city, radio station, and record sales, popularity by jukebox, and charts by genre including country and R&B music. Initially, Cash Box listed songs with artist and label information, alphabetized by label, making it easier to track the impact of specific labels on the music scene. It also featured news of tours, insider gossip, album summaries, and photographs found nowhere else, as well as stories on thousands of singers, bands, and musicians, both famous and not so famous, rising stars and fading meteors, long-time stars and one-hit wonders. Later issues included sections for Canada, Great Britain, Belgium, Holland, Japan, Mexico, and other foreign countries.” – Internet Archive. Cash Box Magazine back issues, magazines pdf online.

Circus Magazine

1966-1993 (Black & White)

U.S: Gerald Rothberg

Circus was a monthly American magazine devoted to rock music, published from 1966 to 2006. In its heyday the magazine had a full-time editorial staff that included some of the biggest names in rock journalism, and rivaled ‘Rolling Stone’ in sales and surpassed ‘Creem’.

CMJ New Music Monthly Magazine – Magazines for Music

1995-2008

NY: CMJ Holdings Corp.

“CMJ New Music Monthly magazine was a monthly music magazine with interviews, reviews, and special features published from 1993 to 2009. Each issue included a compact disc with 15 to 24 songs by well established bands, unsigned bands, and everything in between.” – Wikipedia. Free music magazines online.

Computer Music – Magazines for Music

Computer Music Magazine Website

2015

Bath, UK: Future plc

“Computer Music magazine is the world’s best-selling magazine dedicated solely to making music with your Mac or PC. Each month, you can find easy-to-follow tutorials for all sorts of music software, expert video guides, unbiased reviews of the latest products, and studio sessions with pro producers.

Crawdaddy Magazine

1975-1979 (Black & White)

U.S: Paul Williams

Crawdaddy was an American rock music magazine launched in 1966. It was created by Paul Williams, in response to the increasing sophistication and cultural influence of popular music. Preceding both Rolling Stone and Creem, Crawdaddy was the training ground for many rock writers just finding the language to describe rock and roll, which was only then beginning to be written about as studiously as folk music and jazz.

Disques Magazine

1930-1933

Philadelphia: H. Royer Smith

“Disques” was a small review magazine featuring articles and reviews of Schoenberg, Stravinsky, Bax, Delius, Toscanini, Elgar, Prokofiev, Cowell, Karl Muck, Furtwängler, and more.

DIY Magazine – Magazines for Music

DIY Magazine Website

2014 – Present

London, UK: DIY Magazine

“The UK’s leading independent music magazine in digital and physical print with over 1m followers around the world.” – Publisher.

DownBeat

DownBeat Magazine Website

1937-1961

Chicago: Maher

DownBeat is an American magazine devoted to “jazz, blues and beyond.” Founded in 1934 in Chicago.

The Etude Magazine

1884-1957 at Internet Archive

1883-1957 (PDFs for download)

Pennsylvania: Theodore Presser

Etude Magazine was published from 1883-1957. “It was a staple for music teachers throughout the country, providing articles related to music history, new developments in music, and practical teaching techniques, as well as musical scores from the classics and new pieces for beginning to advanced students. Begun as an aid for piano teachers, the magazine grew to include information and literature for vocal and instrumental enthusiasts as well.” – Gardner-Webb U website.

Gramophone Magazine

Gramaphone Magazine Website

2008-2020

London: Mark Allen Group

“Gramophone is a magazine published monthly in London, devoted to classical music, particularly to reviews of recordings. It was founded in 1923 by the Scottish author Compton Mackenzie who continued to edit the magazine until 1961. On its website Gramophone claims to be: “The world’s authority on classical music since 1923.” – Wikipedia

Guitar World Magazine – Magazines for Music

Guitar World Magazine Website

1980-2006

Future Publishing Ltd

“For more than 31 years, Guitar World magazine has served as North America’s leading publication for rock guitarists, providing unique instructional content, exclusive photography and interviews with the genre’s leading celebrity guitarists. Each month, Guitar World offers lessons that help players refine their craft, in-depth reviews of the latest guitars, amplifiers and effects, current happenings from around the rock scene, celebrity columnists and one-on-one conversations with artists ranging from iconic superstars to the young guns of today.” Magazines pdf online.

Headliner Magazine – Magazines about Music

Headliner Magazine Website

Issues 2014 – Present

Headliner Magazine

“Using the talent to tap into the technology, the Headliner Group provides an insight from the creative’s perspective, offering a unique view of the music industry from the people working within it. With a wealth of experience working with record labels, publishers and manufacturers within the audio and MI worlds, Headliner uniquely bridges the gap between the music and audio industries, connecting with top level, emerging and aspiring talent as well as behind the scenes professionals for our global audience.” – Website

High Fidelity Music Magazine Online – Magazines about Music

1951-1989

U.S.

“High Fidelity was an American magazine that was published from April 1951 until July 1989 and was a source of information about high fidelity audio equipment, video equipment, audio recordings, and other aspects of the musical world, such as music history, biographies, and anecdotal stories by or about noted performers. – Wikipedia. High Fidelity Magazine back issues free.

Hits Magazine – Magazines for Music

Hits Magazine Website

1987-2002

U.S.

“Hits magazine is an American music industry trade publication. Founded by Lenny Beer and Dennis Lavinthal, who had previously worked in independent promotion, it was launched as a print magazine in August 1986. It quickly became one of the more widely circulated “tip sheets” with considerable record industry support.” -American Radio History. Music business magazine online free, PDF online magazines free.

Houston Music News Magazine AKA Texas Music News – Magazines about Music

Houston Music News Magazine Facebook Page

2018 – Present

League City, Texas: Wildman

“Houston Music News is the oldest & largest music monthly in Texas. It comes out in both print & Internet. This is the Who’s Who in the live music industry. They cover national as well as local talent acts. This is a must for concert venues & promoters, bar/ club owners, musicians, music stores, etc.” – Publisher.

Illinois Entertainer Magazine – Magazines for Music

Illinois Entertainer Website

Issues 2013 – Present

Chicago, Illinois: Illinois Entertainer

“Chicagoland’s free music monthly magazine” – Website

The Independent Music Show Magazine – Magazines about Music

The Independent Music Show Magazine Website

Issues 2017 – Present

Independent Music Show

Magazine produced for the Independent Music Show radio program that is broadcast on stations around the world. It includes a program schedule, links to independent music, and articles and news.

JazzTimes Magazine – Magazines for Music

JazzTimes Magazine Website

1994-2004

Silver Spring, MD Glenn Sabin

“America’s preeminent jazz magazine relies on an award-winning staff to provide uncompromising and provocative coverage of the jazz scene in the U.S. and throughout the world. Featuring special themes, insightful profiles,comprehensive guides and timely news reports.” – JazzTimes Magazine online. PDF magazine free download.

Kerrang Magazine – Free Back Issues of Magazines

Kerrang Magazine Website

1980s-2015

London: Wasted Talent Ltd

“Kerrang! magazine is a British weekly magazine devoted to rock and metal music, currently published by Wasted Talent. Kerrang! was initially devoted to the new wave of British heavy metal and the rise of hard rock acts. In the early 2000s it became the best-selling British music weekly.” – Wikipedia. Free online magazines UK, Where can I get old magazines for free UK.

Melodic Magazine – Free PDF Magazine Back Issues

Melodic Magazine Website

Issues 2018 – 2020

U.S.: Melodic

“Here at Melodic we aim to keep you up to date on your favorite artists (and soon to be favorites), provide you with interviews, tour dates, live photos, album and show reviews, and a monthly eZine for you to enjoy.” – Website

Melody Maker Magazine – Magazines about Music

1967-1969

London – Melody Maker

Melody Maker magazine was a British weekly music newspaper and one of the world’s earliest music weeklies. It was founded in 1926, as a magazine for dance band musicians. In the late ’60s it concentrated on Rock & Pop, but also included pages for such genres as Jazz and Folk. Melody Maker magazine back issues. Free online magazines UK.

Modern Drummer Magazine – Magazines about Music

Modern Drummer Magazine Website

1977-2019

U.S.: Modern Drummer

“Caters to the needs of amateur, semi-pro, and professional drummers through interviews with the world’s best drummers. MD also reports on trends, activities, drum products, publications, and recordings. A roster of over 35 educational departments offers readers playing tips and advice.” – Publisher. Modern Drummer Magazine.

Mojo Magazine – Magazines about Music

Mojo Magazine Website

2016-2021

UK: Bauer Media

“Mojo magazine is a popular music magazine published initially by Emap, and since January 2008 by Bauer, monthly in the United Kingdom.” Founded in 1993. – Wikipedia

Music Legends Magazine – Magazines for Music

Coda Records Website

2019 – Present

Chichester, UK: Coda Records

“Music Legends is the new monthly rock music magazine featuring the greatest stories and music history of classic rock bands, legacy rock music, and rock legends, including the early days of Queen, an in-depth interview with Pete Best, the original Beatles drummer, Fleetwood Mac on the making of ‘Rumours’, plus Springsteen, The Clash, Eagles , U2, Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, Bob Dylan, Deep Purple, Wishbone Ash, The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Tom Petty, Prince, Uriah Heep, Black Sabbath, Beach Boys, The Kinks, The Who, The Eagles, Bowie, Syd Barrett, Roger Waters, David Gilmour, Robert Plant, Stevie Nicks, AC/DC, Guns N’ Roses, Rainbow, Whitesnake,Ozzie Osbourne, Kansas, Yes, Genesis, ELP, ELO, Nirvana, Green day, Sex Pistols, Credence Clearwater Revival and much, much more! ” – Publisher.

Music Lovers’ Phonograph Monthly Review – Magazines about Music

1926-1932

Phonograph Publishing Co., Boston, MA

Subtitle: “An Independent Magazine for Amateurs Interested in Recorded Music and Its Development”. This monthly contained news of new recordings and many reviews. The emphasis was on ‘classical’ music, but a column entitled “Analytical Notes and Reviews by our Staff Critics” covers, in addition to Orchestral, Chamber Music and Choral, non-classical categories such as Popular, Dance, Band, Novelty, and Foreign Records. Music Lovers’ Phonograph Monthly Review. Music magazine online free.

The Music Magazine and Musical Courier

1880-1962 at Internet Archive (Black & White)

NY: Blumenberg

“The Musical Courier began in 1880, and included editorials, obituaries, announcements, scholarly articles and investigatory writing about musical instruments and music in general. These included “construction practices, descriptions, tools, exhibitions and collections, new technologies, and laws and legal actions” relating to the music industry.” – Wikipedia

Musical America

Musical America Website

1898-1961 at Internet Archive (Black & White)

New Jersey:

The oldest American magazine on classical music, first appearing in 1898. It was a weekly until 1929, then producing 15-20 issues per year until 1960. The magazine continues today online.

Muzik Magazine – Free Back Issues of Magazines

1995-2003

UK: IPC Media

“Muzik magazine was a British dance music magazine published by IPC Media from June 1995 to August 2003. Aimed at serious dance music fans rather than weekend clubbers, Muzik’s writers included a number of well-known DJs, including Kris Needs, Rob da Bank, Spoony, Terry Farley, Bob Jones, Jonty Skrufff and Dave Mothersole.” – Wikipedia. Free online magazines UK, Muzik magazine back issues.

New Jersey Stage Magazine – Magazines about Music

New Jersey Stage Website

Issues 2014 – 2020

Spring Lake, New Jersey: New Jersey Stage

“New Jersey Stage aims to bring artists, organizations, and art councils together. In addition to regularly publishing original feature articles, interviews, and columns, we encourage organizations to send us press releases. New Jersey Stage considers itself the Garden State’s Arts Newswire and home of original arts journalism.” – Website

Opera News

Opera News Website

1936-1961 at Internet Archive (Black & White)

NY: Metropolitan Opera Guild

A classical music magazine, launched in 1936, that provides in-depth coverage and information on all matters relating to the American and International opera scenes. Opera News has continued to exist online.

Orfeo Magazine – Free Back Issues of Magazines

Orfeo Magazine Website

Issues 2013 – Present

Alberto Martinez

Crafting of guitars and other stringed instruments. Issues in English, French and Spanish.

Piano & Keyboard Magazine

1952-1997 (Black & White)

California: SparrowHawk

Interviews, articles and news from the world of piano and keyboard music.

Pop Weekly Magazine – Music Magazines Online

1962-1965

London – Pop Weekly

A UK music weekly founded in 1962 as ‘Pop Ten Monthly’, changing names later that year to ‘Pop Weekly’. It claimed to be the first magazine to combine up-to-the-minute news reports, articles on all of the most popular artists and groups of the day together with fabulous shots of the stars.
Back issues of the UK magazine Melody Maker, also on this page above, may be of interest. Free online magazines UK, Pop Weekly pdf magazine archive.

Record Research Magazine – Magazines about Music

1955-1995

Subtitle: “Magazine of Record Statistics and Information”. Record Research magazine was a record collectors’ auction list and discography/records history magazine published between 1955 and 1995. It appears to have been an independent newsletter, containing columns, informative tidbits, artist profiles, and information about records, including those from the earliest days of the recording industry. PDF magazines archive.

Record World Magazine – Magazines about Music

1960-1982

U.S.

“Record World magazine was a music industry trade magazine published from 1946 to April of 1982. Until 1964 it was called “Music Vendor.” -American Radio History.

Rock and Blues International Magazine – Magazines about Music

Rock and Blues International Website

2020 – Present

League City, Texas: Wildman

“FREE International music publication covering all types of music and artists from all over the world. Specializing in Rock and Blues, but not limited to just those two genres of music. It also covers Pop, Hip-Hop, Reggae, and much more.” – Publisher.

See Century Past’s free magazines on news & politics

Rolling Stone Magazine – Magazines about Music

Rolling Stone Magazine Website

Rolling Stone 1968-2018

Rolling Stone Index for 1967-1991

U.S. – Penske Media Corp.

“Rolling Stone magazine is a cultural icon. It’s the number one pop culture reference point for 13 million young adults. In addition to its authoritative position in music, Rolling Stone’s sphere of influence reaches into entertainment, movies, television, technology, and national affairs. Rolling Stone covers everything that’s important, trend-setting, and newsworthy to the thought leaders among young adults.” – Rolling Stone Magazine back issues online.

RPM Music Weekly

1964-1966

Toronto, Canada: Walt Grealis

RPM Music Weekly, since its founding in February 1964, covered the news in many aspects of the popular music business throughout Canada, including band personnel, radio, recording, and concerts.

Rhythms Magazine – Magazines about Music

Rhythms Magazine Website

2019 – Present

Hughesdale, AUS: Rhythms

“Over 25 years and more than 288 issues, Rhythms Magazine has established a reputation as The Bible of roots music in Australia. Hungrily exploring almost anything to do with blues, roots, folk, Americana, jazz, country, and world music, Rhythms is totally unique. It is cherished by its readers for its authority, credibility and diversity.” – Publisher. Free back issues of magazines.

SCP: Sin City Presents Magazine – Magazines about Music

SCP: Sin City Presents Website

Issues 2016 – Present

Las Vegas, Nevada: Sin City Presents

“Sin City Presents” brings you news from the back-beat of the Las Vegas Community. Featured articles include industry news from the local music and entertainment scene, leading local industries, business and causes in SIN City.” – Publisher

Smash Hits Magazine – Magazines about Music

1979 through 1980s

“Smash Hits magazine was a pop music magazine aimed at teenagers and young adults, featuring lyrics, photographs, interviews and news related to celebrity music acts in the UK (Later offshoots arrived in the US and Australia). After an initial test issue, the magazine started publishing in 1979, switching to a fortnightly schedule after three issues, and finally closing up in 2006. – Internet Archive. Smash Hits Magazine back issues.

Sound and Audio Magazine Collection – Music Magazines Online

1985-2021

U.S., UK, Australia, Poland

This collection of magazines dedicated to electronic equipment includes three similar British magazines featuring stereo equipment, titles “Hi-Fi Choice”, “Hi-Fi News”, & “What Hi-Fi”, with issues running from about 2010 to 2020.
“Sound & Vision” from 2015-2016, a U.S. title for consumer electronics.
“Radioelektronik Audio Video Hi Fi” from Warsaw, in Polish, about 1985-2003.
“Stereophile”, U.S., 2015-2016.
“Sound + Image”, Australia, 2015-2016.
A few issues of other, similar titles.

Spin Magazine – Online Music Magazines

Spin Magazine Website

1985-2012

U.S.: Spin Media

“From the concert stage to the dressing room, from the recording studio to the digital realm, SPIN magazine surveys the modern musical landscape and the culture around it with authoritative reporting, provocative interviews, and a discerning critical ear.” – Spin Magazine back issues online.

Stylus Magazine – Music Magazines Online

Stylus Magazine Website

2007 – Present

Winnipeg, Canada: Stylus Magazine

“Stylus is Canada’s second oldest independent music magazine that has been published bi-monthly by the University of Winnipeg Students’ Association since 1989. Stylus serves as the program guide to CKUW 95.9FM and reflects the many musical communities within Winnipeg and beyond. Stylus strives to provide coverage of music that is not normally written about in the mainstream media. Stylus acts as a vehicle for the work of new writers, photographers and artists, including members of the University of Winnipeg, of CKUW and of the Winnipeg community at large.” – Publisher.

Total Guitar Magazine – Music Magazine

Total Guitar Magazine Website

2003-2007

Bath, UK: Future plc

“Total Guitar magazine is Europe’s best-selling guitar magazine. Every month we feature interviews with the biggest names and hottest new acts in guitar land, plus Guest Lessons from the stars. Finally, our Rocked & Rated section is the place to go for reviews, round-ups and help setting up your guitars and gear.” – Publisher.

Total Order Magazine

Issues 2016 – Present

Barnegat, New Jersey: Total Order Magazine

“The most comprehensive publication on Independent Music from around the world. There something for everyone, fans, listeners, musicians and people who want to know the REAL STORY of the Independent Music World.” – Publisher.

Uncut UK Magazine – Music Magazine Online Free

Uncut UK Magazine Website

2015-2016

Bandlab Technologies

“Uncut UK Magazine is your essential guide to the month’s best music. Every issue, our comprehensive and trustworthy reviews section showcases the best new releases and reissues, while our in-depth features section includes interviews with the greatest names in music from the past five decades as well as the classic artists of tomorrow.”

Vibe Magazine

Vibe Magazine Website

1993-2008

U.S.

“Vibe Magazine is the lifestyle guide to urban music and culture including celebrities, fashion, beauty, consumer electronics, automotive, personal care/grooming, and, always, music. Edited for a multicultural audience.” – Vibe Magazine online.

The Wire

The Wire Website

1982-2006

London: Tony Herrington

A British magazine, founded in 1982. It originally covered Jazz, but gradually expanded its scope to include experimental rock, electronica, alternative hip hop, modern classical, free improvisation, nu jazz and traditional music. – Summary of Wikipedia article

Websites of More Music Magazines

Free online versions of these music magazines are not available, but their websites feature articles of interest.

Americana Music

Living Blues

Sing Out

All About Jazz


Photography – Free PDF Magazine Back Issues

Advanced Photoshop Magazine – Free Photography Magazines Online

2015

UK: Future

For users of the Adobe Photoshop photo-editing software. “Advanced Photoshop magazine is the essential resource for creative professionals wanting to master high-end, commercial Photoshop skills” – Publisher. The magazine appears to have been discontinued. Free photography magazines.

Amateur Photographer Magazine – Free Photography Magazines

Amateur Photographer Magazine Website

2009-2018

UK: Kelsey

“Amateur Photographer magazine is the world’s oldest weekly photographic magazine, established in 1884. It is the respected authority for news and reviews, with detailed tests and investigations on the latest equipment. The weekly contents include interviews and columns from many of the world’s leading photographers and practical technique to inspire and enthuse the devoted readership, to whom taking photos is far more than just a hobby. Essential reading for those interested in buying photographic equipment or wanting advice about improving their picture taking.” – Publisher

American Cinemotographer Magazine – Free Photography Magazine Online

American Cinemotographer Magazine Website

1922-1982

Hollywood, CA.: American Society of Cinematographers

“American Cinematographer magazine is a magazine published monthly by the American Society of Cinematographers. It focuses on the art and craft of cinematography, covering domestic and foreign feature productions, television productions, short films, music videos and commercials. The emphasis is on interviews with cinematographers, but directors and other filmmakers are often featured as well. Articles include technical how-to pieces, discussions of tools and technologies that affect cinematography, and historical features.” – Wikipedia. Free digital magazines online.

Better Photography Magazine – Free Photography Magazines

Better Photography Magazine Website

2015-2016

Australia: Australia’s Better Photography Magazine

“Peter Eastway is an Australian photographer known internationally for his landscape photography and creative use of post-production. A practising professional, he shoots editorially (mainly for Better Photography magazine) and works selectively in advertising and portraiture. Peter and his websites are a wealth of information on how to capture, edit and print, offering tutorials, videos and inspiration for amateur and professional photographers.” – Publisher. Better Photography Magazine.

Decisive Moment Magazine – Free PDF Magazines

Royal Photographic Society Website

2015 – Present

Bristol, UK: Royal Photographic Society

“A quarterly journal of the Documentary Group, a special interest group of the Royal Photographic Society focusing on documentary photography.” – Publisher

Digital SLR Magazine – Free Online Photography Magazines

Digital SLR Magazine Website

2015-2016

UK: Raspberry Pi

“Digital SLR Photography addresses the needs of today’s photographer in a lively, informative and stylish format. Dedicated to digital SLR photographers of all abilities, from beginner through enthusiast to professional it will inform and entertain you through a unique blend of technique articles, inspirational images, news and authoritative reviews. Covering topics such as landscapes, portraits and close up photography, this magazine provides a focused and comprehensive read guaranteed to help you get the most out of your photography. ” – Publisher. Free photography magazines, Digital SLR Magazine.

f11 Magazine – Free Photography Magazines

f11 Magazine Website

2011-2017

Auckland, NZ: f11 Magazine

“f11 magazine was a free digital magazine, published from our base in beautiful New Zealand. Read by tens of thousands all over the world, f11 was created for professional and enthusiast photographers, designers and creative people working with images, as well as buyers and collectors of photography.” – Publisher. 66 issues were published, from 2011 to June 2017. Free digital magazines online.

ICG Magazine – Free PDF Magazine Back Issues

ICG Magazine Website

Issues 2017 – Present

Hollywood, CA.: International Cinematographers Guild

“The International Cinematographers Guild represents the most talented camera professionals in the world. The technicians and artisans in our union are the creators of the visual images on the big screen, the television screen and our computer screen.” – Website

Leica Photography Magazine – Free Photography Magazine

1949-1994

NY: Leitz

The American edition of a magazine published in Wetzlar, Germany, where Leica cameras were made. It featured the photos of leading British and continental professionals and amateurs, plus articles on Leica technique by staff members of the Leica school at Wetzlar and other experts. – Magazine. Leica Photography Magazine.

My Creative Images Magazine – Free PDF Magazine Back Issues

My Creative Images Website

2018 – Present

James Hurley

“Promoting Digital Photo Artistry and Digital Photography” – Publisher.

Outdoor Photographer Magazine – Free Photography Magazines Online

Outdoor Photographer Magazine Website

2014-2016

Madavor Media

“Outdoor Photographer magazine contains practical information and tips regarding photographing nature, wildlife, sports, and landscape. Regular columns cover developments in 35mm and digital photography, camera accessories, film, lenses, outdoor gear and apparel, travel, ecological concerns, and workshops. Every issue also contains travel articles and a “Favorite Places” column that details great spots for outdoor photography, including how to get there, what to take, and the best times to visit.” – Publisher. Outdoor Photographer Magazine back issues

Outdoor Photography Magazine – Free Photography Magazines

Outdoor Photography Magazine Website

2014-2015

UK: Guild of Master Craftsmen

“Outdoor Photography magazine is for the serious amateur and semi-professional photographer who is passionate about the British countryside and its wildlife. It is the UK’s only photography magazine dedicated exclusively to the coverage of landscape, wildlife and the environment.” – Publisher. Free digital magazines online.

Shutterbug Magazine – Free Photography Magazines Online

Shutterbug Magazine Website

2015-2016

NY: Source Interlink Magazines

“Shutterbug magazine is the leading photo and imaging magazine for advanced amateur and professional photographers, and all who relate to their photography as a meaningful part of their lives. Inside every monthly issue you’ll get lighting pointers, pro studio tips, test reports, equipment reviews… and much more! Written by photographers, for photographers, Shutterbug is dedicated to helping photographers enhance their creative potential.” – Publisher.

Websites of More Photography Magazines

Free online versions of these photography magazines are not available, but their websites feature articles of interest.

Aperture

Popular Photography


Writing – Free PDF Magazines

BookPage Magazine

BookPage Website

Issues 2020 – Present

Nashville, Tennessee: Bookpage

“BookPage is a discovery tool for readers, highlighting the best new books across all genres. BookPage is editorially independent; only books we highly recommend are featured. Any publisher-sponsored content is clearly labeled as such.” – Website. The link has issues since 2009, but only the issues since January 2020 are free.

Devour: Art & Lit Canada Magazine

Devour: Art & Lit Canada Website

Issues 2017 – Present

Brighton, Ontario, CA: Hidden Brook Press

“The mission of Devour: Art and Lit Canada is to promote Canadian culture by bringing world-wide readers some of the best Canadian literature, art and photography.” – Publisher.

See our free giant selection of classic literature, including translated works of world literature

Kirkus Reviews Magazine – Free PDF Magazine Back Issues

Kirkus Reviews Website

Issues 2011 – Present

New York: Kirkus Media

Kirkus Reviews is a widely respected magazine for reviews of new books.

Local Wolves Magazine – Free PDF Magazine Back Issues

Local Wolves Website

Issues 2012 – Present

Long Beach, California: Local Wolves

“Established in 2012, Local Wolves is an independent, digital and print magazine driven by the passion of storytelling for creative minds from diverse fields of work. The magazine was founded by Southern California native Cathrine Khom who started Local Wolves initially as a music blog and quickly flourished into curated theme issues delving into more in-depth topics and meaningful conversations.” – Website

Ogma Magazine

Ogma Magazine Website

2020

Ireland: Ogma

“Ogma is a digital and print zine for creatives with a passion for storytelling. We publish work by writers and content creators featuring narrative essays, original fiction, poetry, prose, artwork and interviews! ” – Website

Poetry

Poetry Magazine Website

1912-1961 at Internet Archive (Black & White)

Chicago: Poetry Foundation

“Poetry has been published in Chicago since 1912, and is online of the leading monthly poetry journals in the English-speaking world” – Wikipedia

Santa Clara Review – Free PDF Magazine Back Issues

Santa Clara Review Website

Issues 2008 – Present

Santa Clara, California: Santa Clara University

“The Santa Clara Review accepts submissions of poetry, fiction, nonfiction, drama, and art year round.” – Publisher.

Shelf Unbound Magazine

Shelf Media Group Website

Issues 2013 – Present

Waukesha, Wisconsin: Shelf Media Group

“Shelf Unbound indie book review magazine features the best of small press and self-published books.” – Website

Storizen Magazine

Storizen Website

Issues 2013 – Present

New Delhi, India:

“Empowering Authors, Bloggers, and Writers around the Globe.” – Website

Writ Large Retrospective Magazine – Free PDF Magazine Back Issues

Writ Large Retrospective Website

Issues 2013 – Present

Denver, Colorado: University of Denver

“WRIT Large is an annual journal of undergraduate research and writing at DU. Begun in the winter of 2012, WRIT Large serves as a resource and teaching tool for our faculty, as well as a source of inspiration for students.” – Website

Write Now! Magazine – Free PDF Magazine Back Issues

TwoMorrows Publisher Website

Issues 2002-2009

North Carolina: TwoMorrows

“The magazine about writing for comics, animation, and sci-fi.” – Publisher

Writer’s Digest

Writer’s Digest Website

1920-1961 at Internet Archive (Black & White)

Cincinnati, OH: F&W Publishing

Writer’s Digest began in 1920 and is still active. “It is an American magazine aimed at beginning and established writers. It contains interviews, market listings, calls for manuscripts, and how-to articles.” -Wikipedia

Library Research Guide (LibGuide) – Writing Fiction

This research guide from the librarians at Boston Public Library has links to a variety of resources related to Writing Fiction.

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