Crack Team of Digitizers Preserving Music History

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.

Underground Press

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:
password: Seeger

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 and let’s talk.

I look forward to hearing from you.





What journals do you recall fondly or still read?

Would you like to be able to view

  • exact keyword-searchable digital reproductions
  • of their complete runs
  • for free on the Internet
  • anywhere in the world
  • at any time of day
  • every day of the year
  • from any search engine?

You Can Make It Happen

You can make it happen but I need to hear from you.

An emerging cutting-edge, open access, digital collection of hip hop and rap magazines from the mid-eighties to the present is now in the rights-gathering stage at NA Publishing. Who do you know who used to or still does publish a hip hop or rap magazine that is significant to you?

Please introduce me to them so that I can invite them to become part of the collection.

The initial collection will consist of 75,000 pages of exact keyword-searchable digital reproductions of the originals. The number of titles that represents will be determined by

  • which publishers take advantage of the unique opportunity to have their complete runs scanned, digitized, and posted on their websites for free;
  • the total number of pages in the complete runs of those titles.

Hip Hop and Rap is the third collection in NA Publishing’s new Music Magazine Archive Series. The first two are comparably sized and each has 13 titles:

  • Rock: including arguably the most significant rock music magazine of the sixties and seventies: CREEM.
  • Folk: going back to Pete Seeger’s People’s Songs Bulletin and Sing Out!.

Upcoming collections will feature magazines devoted to punk, jazz, soul, rhythm and blues, teen music, and other genres.

Make It Happen

To learn more about how you can be part of Hip Hop and Rap, send me your email address today to @KenWachsberger or so that I can send you more information and answer your questions.