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Band Leaders – Free Music Magazines PDF
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.
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Beatles Monthly Book – Free Music Magazines PDF
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.
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Billboard Magazine PDF
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.
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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.
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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 is an American magazine devoted to “jazz, blues and beyond.” Founded in 1934 in Chicago. Jazz music magazine pdf.
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.
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“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.
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The Independent Music Show
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 – Free Music Magazines PDF
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 – Hard Rock Magazine PDF
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.
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Melody Maker – Free Music Magazines PDF
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.
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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 PDF
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.
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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
“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.
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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.
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.
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Muzik – Hard Rock Magazine PDF
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.
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
Interviews, articles and news from the world of piano and keyboard music.
Pop Weekly – Hard Rock Magazine PDF
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.
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 – Free Music Magazines PDF
“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 – Classic Rock Magazine PDF
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.
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 – Hard Rock 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.
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 – Free Music Magazines PDF
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 – Free Music Magazines PDF
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 – Free Music Magazines PDF
“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.
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The Wire Magazine PDF – Hard Rock Magazine PDF
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 – Free Music Magazines PDF
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.