Do you miss those cutting-edge hip hop and rap magazines from the eighties and nineties?
Does your favorite academic library have incomplete runs of your favorite rock and folk music magazines and the pages are torn or missing?
For the past seven years, I have been on a crack team of digitizers at sister companies Reveal Digital and NA Publishing who are creating amazing collections of exact digital reproductions of important political and cultural newspapers and magazines from the nineteen fifties onward (with a few that dip into the forties). I’m the guy who figures out who the rights holders are, then researches how to contact them or their heirs and invites them to include their publications in the collections.
Our goals are to preserve these publications, which too often yellow around the edges and crumble as they age; and to make them accessible to current and future readers, for whom if it isn’t in electronic form it doesn’t exist.
Our premier collection was the landmark Independent Voices, which, when it is finished, will include some 1,000 underground, alternative, and literary newspapers and magazines from the fifties through the eighties, encompassing the Civil Rights and Vietnam era antiwar and liberation movements.
Rock Music Magazines
Our current series is of music magazines. The Rock collection is complete with minor exceptions, including sourcing of a few remaining issues of CREEM.
Folk Music Magazines
Folk, including Sing Out!, Broadside, People’s Songs Bulletin, and others, is smaller than Rock but scanning and digitizing continue and it is growing. We’d still like to add a few titles.
If you loved the music, check out the magazines in our collection that covered it:
Hip Hop and Rap Music Magazines
Next is Hip Hop and Rap. We’re still in the crucial rights-gathering stage. Current and former hip hop and rap editors and publishers:
- Would you like your magazine to be digitized at no cost to you?
- Would you like to receive keyword-searchable digital files to put up on your website at no cost to you?
Then email me today at firstname.lastname@example.org and let’s talk.
I look forward to hearing from you.