PS Audio in Boulder, Colorado has launched a fun and informative webzine called Copper. It is a free biweekly publication dedicated to high-end audio enthusiasts. Once upon a time I owned a high-end separates audio system. I wish I still had that setup with the surge in the vinyl media in my music collection.
I just received notification that the Oxford American Southern Music Issue due on news stands on December 12, 2016 has shipped. I can’t wait to absorb the superb music journalism and add it to my Oxford American Southern Music Issue collection 🙂
This year’s 160-page magazine and 23-song soundtrack is called Visions of the Blues.
The issue features the greatest artists associated with the blues alongside contemporary musicians who are building on the genre’s legacy and reinterpreting the genre’s traditions. This is the first time that the Oxford American has devoted an entire music issue to a genre theme. To commemorate this occasion, we have created three different cover designs that celebrate three generations of musicians: John Lee Hooker, Bonnie Raitt, and Adia Victoria. Our music issues are prized by collectors and often sell out.
A few highlights from the issue: John Jeremiah Sullivan on his hometown’s blues history; Elijah Wald on Bob Dylan’s lost blues album; Ann Powers on “Miss You” by Alabama Shakes; Amanda Petrusich on the blues scene in Tokyo, Japan; Daphne A. Brooks on the power of blueswomen’s duets, from Geeshie Wiley and Elvie Thomas to Lauryn Hill and Mary J. Blige; Greil Marcus on “John Henry” by John Lee Hooker; Jewly Hight on Bonnie Raitt’s journey of artistic formation; Crystal Wilkinson on how Prince saved her life; Rashod Ollison on Malaco Records; Jeffery Renard Allen’s short story about a fictional meeting between Jimi Hendrix and Francis Bacon; a memoir by Zandria F. Robinson; and “The Blues,” a new poem by Nikki Giovanni.
PLUS: Rhiannon Giddens, Gil Scott-Heron,Bassekou Kouyaté,Charley Patton,Regina Carter,Barbara Dane,Koko Taylor,Ida Cox,Otis Taylor, and much more.
Tom Petty sang it best, “The Waiting is the Hardest Part”.
My appreciation for Southern music has been greatly enhanced by Oxford American. Their 17th Annual Southern Music issue is due to hit the newsstands on December 7th. It is dedicated to the musical heritage of the state of Georgia.
I recently participated in the Pledge Music, Georgia Music Issue campaign. My pledge provides me with exclusive availability of the 17th Annual Music issue. The magazine issue shipped yesterday ahead of the 12/7 publication date.
When I know more about the music articles I’ll update my readers accordingly. It has been a fantastic music magazine series to read and collect for my music library. 🙂
This Classic Rock issue is available via Apple iTunes and can also be found on newsstands such as Barnes & Noble. Since this publication comes from the UK it will carry an import duty when you purchase it at the store. The publisher will reward the in store purchaser with a CD rubber glued to the front cover. (See picture below)
That is how I used to buy Classic Rock Magazine at Barnes & Noble. Due to the fact the publication ships from the UK you may not see the hard copy magazine at Barnes & Noble until the 20th of the month or later. My preference is shifting to the digital edition via the Web or on my iPad.
Digital publishing and the nature of online subscription is an ever moving target. TeamRock (the UK parent publishing firm for multiple rock magazines) has come up with a new way to meet the demands of its international readership.
You can trial the Web HTML5 digital editions of Classic Rock, Metal Hammer and Prog Rock for 30 days for free at TeamRock+. After 30 days it will cost you $3.99 British Pounds, $6.25 US a month for all three digital mags ($2.08 each digital publication a month is a good deal to stay up to speed on these rock genres.) They differ from the iPad edition in layout, appearance, etc.
This is quite the nod to Web browser readers by TeamRock. I trust it will be a successful business model for this UK specialty publisher.
Jerry Garcia‘s Rosebud guitar is pictured inside the magazine. An American beauty of a guitar that Don Irwin, guitar luthier custom-built for him. Jerry Garcia considered Rosebud Don Irwin’s masterpiece. One look will tell you why.
(The photos below and above are from Guitar Aficionado, Copyright 2014. If you love guitars I urge you to pick up a copy of the May/June 2014 issue or any of their other fantastic back issues here. They do guitars total justice)