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We have a wide variety of free music magazines available online. These magazines cover all genres of music and are geared towards both fans and those in the music industry. Whether you’re a musician or a music enthusiast, there are plenty of options.

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Band Leaders



Band Leaders was began in 1944 and featured articles about the band leaders, naturally, as well as the band, singers and music of the era.

Beatles Monthly Book


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. Hard rock magazine pdf. 60s music magazines.

Billboard Magazine PDF

Billboard Magazine Website

1894-2017 at World Radio History


Billboard Co., Cincinnati, OH

“Billboard magazine pdf is 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.

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BRE / Black Radio Exclusive


Hollywood, CA.: Black Radio Exclusive

Sidney Miller Jr.and Susan Miller started publishing Black Radio Exclusive, popularly known as BRE Magazine, in 1976. It was focused on Black / Urban Radio with music release and artist information and radio airplay charts.

Canadian Musician

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


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. 90s music magazines pdf. 80s music magazines pdf.

DownBeat Magazine

DownBeat Magazine Website


Chicago: Maher

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


Gramaphone Magazine Website


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. Classical music magazine pdf.

High Fidelity Music



“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. Music equipment magazines PDF. Hard rock magazine pdf.


Hits Magazine Website



“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 magazines pdf. Classic rock magazine pdf.

The Independent Music Show

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 Website


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. Jazz Music Magazine pdf.

Kerrang Magazine PDF

Kerrang Magazine Website

1981-1982 & 2015

London: Wasted Talent Ltd

“Kerrang magazine pdf 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. Kerrang Magazine pdf. Hard rock magazine pdf. 80s music magazines pdf. 90s music magazines pdf.

Melody Maker


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. Classic rock magazine pdf. 60s music magazines.

Modern Drummer

Modern Drummer Magazine Website


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 PDF

Mojo Magazine Website


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. Mojo Magazine pdf. Classic rock magazine pdf free.

Music Legends

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, Tom Petty, Prince, Uriah Heep, Black Sabbath, Beach Boys, Sex Pistols, Credence Clearwater Revival and much, much more! ” – Publisher. Classic rock magazine pdf 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.

Music Row

Music Row Website


Nashville, TN: Music Row Publications

MusicRow is a Nashville music industry trade publication which has been providing reviews, breaking news, and in-depth coverage for 40 years.

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. Music magazines pdf free.



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. Hard rock magazine pdf. 90s music magazines pdf.

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. Opera magazine pdf. Free music magazines pdf.

Piano & Keyboard

1952-1997 (Black & White)

California: SparrowHawk

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

Pop Weekly


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. 60s music magazines pdf. Classic rock magazine pdf.

Record Research


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.

Record World



“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.

Rolling Stone Magazine

Rolling Stone Magazine Website

Rolling Stone 1974-2019

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. 70s music magazines pdf. 80s music magazines pdf. 90s music magazines pdf. Hard rock magazine pdf.

RPM Music Weekly


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 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.

Smash Hits Magazine PDF


“Smash Hits magazine pdf 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. Hard rock magazine pdf. 80s music magazines pdf.

Sound and Audio Magazine Collection


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”;
“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.



UK: Spotlight

Sounds was a UK weekly pop/rock music newspaper, published from 10 October 1970 to 6 April 1991. It was known for giving away posters in the centre of the paper (initially black and white, then colour from late 1971) and later for covering heavy metal and punk music in its late 1970s–early 1980s heyday.

Spin Magazine

Spin Magazine Website


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. Classic rock magazine pdf.

Total Order

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 PDF

Uncut UK Magazine Website


Bandlab Technologies

“Uncut UK Magazine pdf 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.” Uncut UK magazine back issues.

The Wire Magazine PDF

The Wire Website


London: Tony Herrington

The Wire Magazine pdf is 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.

World Radio History

World Radio History Website


Dozens of periodicals related to music, radio, TV, and related. U.S., UK and other countries. Lots of books also, on amateur radio, TV, music business, electronics etc.

Websites of More PDF Music Magazines

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

All About Jazz

Americana Music

Living Blues

Mix: Music Production, Live Sound, Sound for Picture

Music Radar

Sing Out

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