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1. People
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People is the most wildly, consistently successful magazine in history (not to mention the most stolen from lunchrooms) and it's avidly read by half the population of America each year. Why? The people at People know what you want to read: the absolute latest, impossible-to-get dish on celebrity scandals (a $3-million-a-year fact-checking department keeps it real); definitive tribute issues; snappy wrap-ups on the whereabouts of yesterday's stars and the current Most Beautiful People; riveting stories of real folks caught up in the day's biggest news, health, and crime stories; and quick picks and pans on what's up in entertainment. And after years of black-and-white drabness, the mag has fully mastered the art of flashy, full-color photography. --Bob Brandeis ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars One of the best surprise gift I ever got
Someone gave this to me as a gift a while back... and as I was thanking them I have to admit I was scratching my head and asking myself "why?" Well, the answer came when I started to get the magazine...

In an age when magazines routinely come less and less frequently (down from monthly to 10 times a year or even 6 times a year) it was really great to just get so darn many magazines frankly! Besides the sheer number of issues they are just plain fun and timely.. Yes, they do human interest stories and more *deep* stories from time to time... but mostly its just a fast paced easy to read escape of whats happening ...right now..this week.

The people and stories they cover are generally the celebs or people with *current* public interest who are making the news at that time and that will click with most people. The stories dont go deep into any particular story but there is a reasonable amount of info without being especially unsavory (ie the stories do not seem overly intrusive to the people they are about, nor do the pictures of them)

The person who got me this could have got me something esle I suppose..the fruit of the month club, time magazine, new york magazine... a plant... but this was just so much more fun..every time it comes!

4-0 out of 5 stars Scoops without Sensationalism
I have been buying this magazine for a number of years, and it just keeps getting better all the time.

You get up to date information on celebrity gossip, as well as human interest stories, and excellent photographs, but everything is done tastefully, without tabloid sensationalism.

Nice features include reviews of current films, books and music, with Editor's picks, and the special issues are always collectibles. More news is available to subscribers and newstand buyers at people.com.

How can it be improved? In my opinion, it needs some humour sections, and top ten lists of music, books and films.

Overall, a great magazine that friends are lining up to borrow.
Get your own copies guys!

5-0 out of 5 stars I'm a People Person
This magazine has had such a tremendous influence on my life. I know that a lot of readers get this subscription because they think of People Magazine as just "Fluff," but if you are looking for inspiration, the pages of People are loaded with it.

For example, several years ago, reading about Tony Robbins in People inspired me to investigate what he was all about. That led to my buying one of his books, then a set of motivational tapes, and ultimately I went to one of his live seminars and WALKED ON FIRE! That experience has led me to a personal understanding that I can do ANYTHING that I set my mind to. All because I read about Tony in People.

Another great example is Robert Kyosaki -- I read a profile on Robert which talked about his Rich Dad Poor Dad book, which prompted me to get a copy of the tape set. I drove around listening to those tapes in my car for months -- and then next thing I knew, I made an offer on a house, got it accepted, and suddenly, just a few months later, I went from being a renter to a home-owner. My own personal American Dream story, straight from the pages of People.

And lastly -- perhaps most importantly -- I read a small story about a new system for increasing intimacy and passion for couples. I followed up by buying a copy of the "New Sex Now" dvd right here on amazon, and before I knew what had happened, suddenly my lovelife went from ho-hum to humming on all cylinders. I started dating a woman with whom I shared some major chemistry, and soon I turned her onto the experience -- it ignited passion in us both that we had never known before, and intimacy that was unparalleled. Now, a few years later, she's my wife. Talk about fulfillment! I connected with the love of my life because of an article I read in People.

Granted, all of the foregoing is not to say that there's not a great deal of very light entertaining reading and pictures in People, for those who want to just veg out and pass the time idly. But for those who are looking to improve themselves, for those who are looking to suck the juice out of every drop of life, People magazine can be the stuff which makes dreamers out of work-a-day slobs by providing pictures and profiles of the people who inspire us to be more than what we are. How much more could you want from a magazine?

3-0 out of 5 stars Beautiful People?
The cover of your beautiful people seems to be wrong. The small picture of Pat Tillman should have been the cover, with the picture of Jennifer Aniston on the corner. The issue should have been focused on the truly beautiful - the servicemen and women fighting for our country. The so-called "stars" seem even more superficial when you put a photo of Pat Tillman, and all he stands for ont he magazine. How many "stars" could of, or would of, done what Mr. Tillman did for his country.

4-0 out of 5 stars overall people is a good magazine
hmm... people magazine. well like every magazine it has its ups and downs; good articles and bads. but i think people has more good than bad. i like their celebrities and their other articles. And i LOVE the sexiest man alive issue and the special feature issues like 200 greatest pop icons, 100 greatest movie stars of our time, ect. ... Read more


2. Entertainment Weekly
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Publisher: The Time Inc. Magazine Company
Sales Rank: 49
Average Customer Review: 4.22 out of 5 stars
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Weekly information on the entertainment industry featuring television programming, motion pictures, videos, new albums, entertainment for children and book reviews.
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5-0 out of 5 stars Best magazine for entertainment buffs.
If you are an entertainment buff, like myself, then you will really enjoy the ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY magazine. EW always has the latest information about music, movies, TV shows, and celebrities. It gives you tons of great, glossy photos. This magazine does not have too much gossip--they have some, but most of the information that they give is true. I also love going to their website--the website is very cool and informative, too.

I especially love EW's special issues, like when they do Oscar coverage or a complete issue on a certain highly anticipated movie. They've also got reviews from the latest CDs, movies, TV shows, and books. And this is a weekly magazine, so you get a new issue every week--not just every month. EW Magazine is a good size as well...it is not too thick and not too skinny. The magazine is made from top-qaulity paper, and just a plain great entertainment magazine. Whenever I'm looking for the latest Hollywood/music industry news and gossip--I always turn to the ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY Magazine, because I know I can trust it!

So for all you entertainment buffs, I highly recommend this magazine. To me, it is well-worth the subscription price!

1-0 out of 5 stars Entertainment Weakly
If you need to be told what to think by glib, middlebrow writers, then EW is for you. It's an indispensible magazine for those who panic at the thought of not being squarely at the center of conventional wisdom, and who prefer to regurgitate review blurbs rather than say what they themselves think. It's basically a clearinghouse for studio and network press releases, with reviewers who make painfully obvious attempts to second guess public mood so they can calibrate their opinions accordingly.

4-0 out of 5 stars Fun & lively read
I read EW every week because it's a fun and entertaining way to keep up with the news. Nothing they print is really mind-blowing or new (any decent movie web site has more updates & news) but they have interesting stories sometimes and decent reviews (esp from Lisa Schwarzbaum). The reason I can't give it a 5-star rating is that it is not consistent, with only every 2 or 3 issues really good and sometimes they release issues (see the recent AI cover story or Shrek 2) that are just filler and boring. If you want real in-depth, critical great film writing, I would suggest "Film Comment" or "Cinema Scope", but for fun and broad entertainment news, check it out.

4-0 out of 5 stars great coverage of the entertainment world
One thing that I look forward to every week is the new issue of Entertainment Weekly. This is a great magazine for pop culture and gives an overview of what is going on in the entertainment world. There are some regular columns that I enjoy (The "Must" List, The Hot Sheet, etc) and the movie/DVD tend to give a good look at what is coming out and how good the movie may be. Since I am a movie fan, it is the movie coverage that interests me the most and Entertainment Weekly does an excellent job covering the big movies that are coming out.

The highlight of this magazine are the "special" issues, in particular the seasonal movie preview issues and the Oscar special issue. For someone interested in movies, these are the best issues of the year and give a good solid look at what is coming out, and there is even coverage of some of the lesser known, independent movies.

The coverage in Entertainment Weekly is not as in depth as you might find in a genre specific magazine ("Premiere" covers movies, so is more in depth on that, but it only covers movies and takes a different view), but it is not supposed to be. This is a weekly magazine that covers all of the entertainment world, from movies to music to books (occasionally, outside of the reviews) to television to just pop culture. Entertainment Weekly provides the general coverage that I am looking for, and is entertaining (as it should be) to read. That's why I look forward to receiving the new issue every Saturday.

5-0 out of 5 stars Love to see ET Weekly every single week...
Entertainment Weekly has always been my favorite magazine for several reasons. The articles, the beautiful pictures, and the great reviews on everything from music to books.

Since I work in a library I find it fun to see what the reviewer thinks about up coming books. ... Read more


3. Rolling Stone
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Average Customer Review: 2.2 out of 5 stars
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Founder and publisher Jann S. Wenner's brainchild remains the standard by which rock & roll magazines are measured, though even its most fervent boosters would concede there've been some growing pains for RS as it's strived to remain relevant through the decades. The erstwhile baby-boomer bible mixes fleshy covers of today's alluring celebs with coverage of graying rockers from the magazine's heyday. In addition to celebrity interviews, stalwart features such as CD reviews and Random Notes (the mag's long-running gossip section) provide familiar reading for older readers, as does the publication's superior political and cultural coverage. But the bulk of Rolling Stone's features are aimed at the younger pop-culture set. --Steven Stolder ... Read more

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2-0 out of 5 stars Once essential, now just a waste of newsprint
Once upon a time, Rolling Stone (and Creem) were essential reading for rock fans. Sadly, Rolling Stone has lost its direction over the past two decades and is now irrelevant to any fan of rock 'n' roll. The articles aren't nearly as sharp as they once were, and Rolling Stone's corporate rock blandness has contributed to the decline of the cutting edge New Journalism that once graced its pages. There are still some album reviewers who seem to understand what music criticism is all about, but too many reviews read like a rewritten record company press release. If you've just GOT to check out Rolling Stone, then you can go to their web site, which is even more boring than the magazine! A subscription to Rolling Stone is quite reasonable and won't cost you much -- until the magazine shows up and you realize that an overwhelming majority of the pages are devoted not to music but to advertising. The demise of Rolling Stone is sad, because at one time is was so great. Now, if I come across a copy I can flip through it in a few minutes. There's little to challenge or inform the consumer. A magazine that once was able to be honest (such as panning Led Zeppelin...) is now just a slick fanzine filled with fluff.

5-0 out of 5 stars You can't really blame them...
Blame the music industry that's producing the crappy music out there... How is a magazine whose sole purpose is music, supposed to survive when the music out there sucks? The magazine was successful when music was at its peak, and now that music is not so great it's hurting. I still respect them for having politically insightful articles. At least they're trying to educate people. Despite the 'crisis' in the music industry (it's no longer about the music, now it's about the money), they still managed to survive. I say more power to you Rolling Stone! And expose the evil doings of the music industry!

4-0 out of 5 stars Who is really at fault here?
I would like to take a moment to defend Rolling Stone. I understand what you all are saying, and in general, i agree. Too many ads, talentless pretty faces on the cover. But it still has really interesting in depth political articles, news, and fair music and movie reviews, as well as beautiful photography. It sounds to me like most of you are just bitter about the state of popular music today, which is not Rolling Stone's fault. They cover popular music, they don't create it. Altogether, an interesting, worthwile read for any music fan.

1-0 out of 5 stars waste of money
if i was poor i would be upset on wasting money on this trash however due to my fierce spending power i dont really care - i am happy just to purchase this awful commerical magazine just to slag it off

1-0 out of 5 stars Silly magazine created to make the labels earn more
This magazine began as an alternative. It was really good at the beginning but now is just a simple magazine that receives money of the labels to give publicity and give 4/5 or 5/5 stars to crap. Giving publicity to ridiculous crap such as 50Cent or Avril Lavigne or Britney Spears just because they sell, show how stupid this magazine is. They recognize good music. That's true, but 90% is dedicated to mostly crap. The incompetent and overrated bands Evanescence or Linkin Park are described as "Goth Metal giants" and "Rap Metal giants" respectively. The list they did of the best guitar players some time ago was a joke. Some had to be there, that's for sure, but so many names missing was a horrible insult to those of us that enjoy a good guitar solo. The most important moments in music were more or less ok (with some exceptions) but the way the magazine is now is ridiculous. The Rolling Stones Magazine should be divided in two parts. One for intelligent people with good musical taste and other for Top40 and MTV lovers. ... Read more


4. XXL
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Publisher: Harris Publications, Inc.
Sales Rank: 328
Average Customer Review: 3.64 out of 5 stars
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3-0 out of 5 stars People are so quick to hop on the bandwagon
I know you're already dying to give me an unhelpful vote because you think I'm hating but please read the review first and listen to my insight.

Yes, yes, we all know that The Source Magazine has gone to crap since Benzino began to exert his influence on it. I haven't bought an issue of that mag since 2001. When the Source went to crap a lot of people turned to XXL. Admit, most of you turned to this magazine after Eminem's lashing out against the Source. Ironically, he himself was dissing this magazine back in 2000 on "I'm Just Marshall Mathers". Now for a while I turned to XXL as well. Around late 2003 XXL began to disappoint me. Let me tell you why.

By now it's no secret that XXL is boosting up Shady/Aftermath artists in their magazine in return for the increased sales that Eminem has brought them. When the Source became biased I turned to XXL because I thought that it was the closest thing to a fair and balanced magazine that hip-hop had left. Well, they've proven me wrong. XXL has had Shady/Aftermath artists on 4 of their last 6 covers. If that isn't bias then I don't know what is. Not only that, they proceeded to call Eminem the best rapper living on one of their covers. Now I love Eminem but I know, XXL knows, Eminem knows, and anyone who started listening to hip-hop before 1999 knows he isn't the best artist alive. That's blatant disrespect to the several artists who have recorded classic material in the past like Rakim, Kane, Nas, KRS, Jay-Z, and Outkast. Come on now XXL, you know you were wrong right there. Not only that, they worked with MTV2 and brought a list of the top 22 mcs of all time. If you've seen that list then you know it was a joke. If I remember correctly they put Eminem in the top 5. I love Em but he's not a top 5 mc XXL. Top 5 of right now? Yes, of all time? Hell no.

Well it seems like our acclaimed magazines couldn't resist taking sides in this XXL/Aftermath vs. Source-Benzino/Murder Inc. war. It's just a sad occurance. It's a true reflection of the times. Not only has the quality of hip-hop music been drastically lowered but now our magazines are in dire straits as well. Hopefully one of them will get their ish together for the sake of the readers and forget about this pointless label war.

2-0 out of 5 stars Subscribe at your own risk!
The content of this magazine is equal to any other contemporary hip-hop mag. But, I didn't receive all my issues. I got about 8 out of 12. That's just not cool.

4-0 out of 5 stars Better than the Sauce?Probably....but..
XXL has some good moments as a magazine,but how many times are they going to put Dead Rappers and Fitty cent on their cover?No disrespect to the dead,but it has been 6,7 years for since the deaths of Biggie and Pac.How about puttin some of the pioneers like Kane and Rakim on your cover.That is not gonna happen unless they both sign with Def Jam or Rockafella.The magazines treat Pac like Elvis.It's all about the chedder.
I like the Love/Hate issues.I like the Eye Candy,but that's a selling point.I like "step your game up" but, sometimes i think it might be personal.The Editor thinks he can flow,and has a personal verbal battle with the Sauce's Editor.Crazy,right?The Reviews are good,but sometimes when i see an artist get an XL,i associate it with the Sauce's 4 and half mics.XXl done gave quite a few XL's.If that's equal to 4 and a half mics,then that's foul because there is not that many exceptional albums out there right now.It's a good mag,but this monopoly has to cease.Bring back Egotrip,Elliot.PS,Speaking of personal,zino and Mays are trying to ruin Eminem's career by calling him a gay racist.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great magazine, I can't get enough of this.
Now, I won't deny that XXL jumps on every bandwagon there is out there for rap music, but they can sure write good articles and interesting stories and still keep it fun to read and look at. It's filled with pictures, has great features that no other Hip-Hop magazine can offer. It definately beats out it's "competitor" The Source by a long shot. It does attack rappers every here and there but they got love for everyone in the game. It is mostly mainstream rap so if Hip-Hop is dead like a reviewer claimed it is, it isn't this magazines faukt, blame it on the scene itself and the bigshots behind the labels. Great magazine, you can learn alot about these rappers and rap in general through reading this magazine. A must read for rap fans who are curious about the rap game and what happens inside of it.

4-0 out of 5 stars THIs MAG IS HOT
this mag is really good....every issue is better than the last anyone who says otherwise works for another magazine or is just a hater its not biest like some and it not a band wangon rider like most i love it=) ... Read more


5. Paste
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Asin: B0000A8YVE
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Publisher: Paste Media Group Llc
Sales Rank: 145
Average Customer Review: 4.82 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars Paste appeals to wide age span
I've forgotten how I got turned onto Paste; I think it might have been through an ad in Oxford American. Anyway, I'm a sucker for music magazines, so I gave it a chance. I was so surprised to discover that Paste was addressing the very artists and types of music in which my interest had evolved. And what's more, the CD that accompanied it was loaded with good music.

I might as well tell you. I'm 59 years old but still into music and still turned on by the new and the old. To make a point about Paste, it also appeals to my 24-year-old daughter and 37 year-old son-in-law. Why? Each issue is packed with information and features on the knowns and unknowns, written in a literate voice and in complete yet concise manner. It also is colorful and well-designed. The sampler CDs are not those throw-away kind either. Somebody spends a heck of a lot of time selecting the right artists and the right tunes. If you like mixed CDs, you'll enjoy these.
Through the articles and through the sampler CDs,Paste has turned me on to some wonderful music that the members of my family enjoy sharing.I hope others will give it a spin - no pun intended. If it is not what is happening, it is what should be happening. To use an expression from my generation and yours. It's what's cool.

5-0 out of 5 stars Know What You're Getting
When you read many music magazines, from Hit Parader to Rolling Stone to No Depression, you read articles and reviews about the hot new hitmakers, and they hope you'll take what they have to say into consideration when you decide where your music money is going to go. But you have to take a lot on faith, because you don't know what the music really sounds like. That's where Paste is different from most: they bundle in a sampler CD stuffed to the gills with highlights from the current issue. You make your decision with all the information you could need or want right there on your stereo.

Paste doesn't appear to favor a particular form of music. For lack of a better handle, you could say they favor music to which a geezer like me can understand the words. Americana, folk, blues, rock, roots, and even some unclassifiable material fill up the pages and the disk. Though the emphasis is mostly on music too esoteric to get radio airplay, the editors aren't naive. They know that putting Norah Jones or Sarah McLachlan on the cover is a good way to move copy.

This magazine covers a lot of music you won't hear on the radio, but it's not so far out that you'll run into somebody who thinks beating on a piano with a hammer is music. It'll be something eminently listenable, even for a stick-in-the-mud like me. By allowing readers to get a good listen to current trends in up-and-coming music, Paste is also good for working musicians and music business professionals. It puts you one step ahead of the curve without having to spend rafts of dough on CDs or trawling through the lousy online music for the one MP3 that stands out.

Paste's masthead promises "Signs of Life in Music and Culture." This is no lie. Though the main emphasis of this magazine is recorded music, there are lengthy sections dedicated to cinema, books, and other cultural trends. The thrust of these sections is primarily in terms of winnowing good cultural content from bad, rather than being hip and with-it, so it's ideal for people who are more interested in what's good than in what's good.

This title costs more than most music magazines, because of the sampler CD, but it's worth it. If you care about music for its quality more than for its faddish factors, this is the title that will let you keep abreast of where the good stuff is to be had.

3-0 out of 5 stars Three Stars for a Good Idea
It sounds good--"signs of life in music and culture"--but the writing is definitely not up to par. Yet. I've been a subscriber for the past year and though I've been disappointed overall, I have seen some improvement in the quality of the articles over the year, although not nearly enough to get me to re-subscribe. I found I was more interested in their book and movie reviews than their articles on music and musicians. The latter tend to be short sugary praise columns on mostly very young and very white pop bands who are apparently popular on college campuses. The feature writing lacks soul (as do the CDs) and is about as profound as the average Amazon customer review, which we can get free! They try to cover too much in each issue and end up covering nothing really.

Having been a fan of much older music all my life (My parents' stopped buying records around 1978 but they had a little bit of everything--Gospel, blues, folk, rock...), I thought Paste might point me to some good music by my own generation. Alas. I've been consistently disappointed by the sampler CDs, usually finding that the only tracks worth revisiting are the ones by old vets such as June Carter Cash and The Subdudes. Most don't live up to the hype in my opinion. For instance, the blurb introducing "Melancholy Polly" by Allison Moorer on the latest sampler: "...Contains some fantastic, heartbreaking lines like, 'She is not a starlet with a red guitar / Just an easy target for a broken heart.'" Huh? Somehow I completely missed the "fantastic, heartbreaking" part when I listened to the song. Maybe I've been spoiled for too long by Bob Dylan and Johnny Cash, but if the likes of Moorer, Ben Kweller, Five for Fighting, Howie Day and many others are any indication, we're in for a long dry spell in the world of popular music. There are some real "signs of life" here and there (Jolie Holland! And they did a rather good feature on Robert Randolph recently), but Paste isn't very good at sifting the grain from the, well, you know. Like I said, they've shown signs of improvement so far and there's no reason why they shouldn't continue to get better. Could be that they're just young and there's nothing wrong with that--gotta start somewhere.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great writing about great music
I bumped into paste magazine when browsing through Borders looking for something other than the usual pop-peddling tat found on the UK newsstands today. The cover (for issue 5) grabbed my attention - Joe Henry, Emmylou Harris, Guided By Voices - people already populating my music collection. Great, I thought, at last a magazine that fits my tastes. This should be a good read.

So I bought it, sat down with a large cup of joe & started reading. I couldn't put it down! As well, as the artists above, there were articles on people I'd never heard of; articles on people I'd always wanted to hear something by, but never gotten around to; and articles on artists that made me want to go out & buy their music there & then. The copy I picked up didn't have a sampler CD (someone had nabbed it from the inside before I got there!), but it made me want to read more by these guys.

I've since subscribed and find paste to provide wide-ranging content, not particularly genre-based (but if you were really into pigeonholing I'd probably say they covered Americana singer-songwriter artists most of all), and not always favourable. This is not a sycophantic bow to all things underground & trendy (as someone else mentioned, they know when to put a megastar on the cover), neither is it afraid to shout about music it loves from the proverbial rooftops. They've even gone so far as to set up their own label.

The sampler CD is a revelation as they cram it full of artists covered in that particular issue and as another reviewer wrote you will spend a lot of money trying to track down the individual CDs discussed within the magazine.

In short, this is great writing about great music, with no preconceived ideas about what great music is. I wholeheartedly recommend it to anyone interested in music & culture today.

5-0 out of 5 stars Signs of Life in Music and Culture - Hopeful and Helpful!!!
I recently read an interview with the editor of this magazine, Josh Jackson, and it impressed me enough to look for Paste at my local bookstore. Having picked up a copy and listened to the sampler CD it comes with, I can tell you it is well worth the price (I've already signed up for a subscription!). Paste deals with intelligent, well-crafted music - both faith-based and otherwise. By their own admission, the editors of paste find that "one of the most annoying things in music today is the complete segregation of genres within the industry", so they focus on all kinds of "good music", whatever genre it falls into. The sampler CD is excellent, and of course, covers a variety of genres and artists. The one I received had better known artists like Five for Fighting, Indigo Girls, Norah Jones and Edie Brickell, but it also introduces lesser known artists(and now favorites of mine), like The Lost Trailers, Starflyer 59, Roger Clyne & the Peacemakers, and Ben Kweller. The articles inside encouraged me to check out bands like Addison Road and Robert Randolph & the Family Band. All in all, it has been great for introducing me to some of the best 'unknown' music out there!

Also, in the interview, the editor, Josh Jackson says they try to make Paste a "magazine that doesn't objectify women, that doesn't glorify drug addiction, that tries to respect the artists it covers, and that writes about all of the grand themes of searching, of loneliness, of love, of darkness, of hope that popular music is often courageous enough to tackle."

One warning, as a previous reviewer has mentioned, reading Paste will cause you to spend some money, as you find hidden gems of artists and albums you hadn't heard before, and now really want to own! Amidst a sea of commercialism and crassness in music and entertainment magazines today, Paste is a weclome sign of how beauty, truth and artistry can still be celebrated and enjoyed in popular music. ... Read more


6. Banjo Newsletter
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Publisher: Banjo Newsletter
Sales Rank: 280
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars Banjo Newsletter
As a newcomer to playing the banjo (< 1 year), I find the Banjo Newletter to be a wealth of information about the 5 string banjo and the various styles. They also review banjo teaching aids (books, CD's, DVD's etc.) as well as recent releases of CD's of interest to the banjo world. Each issue has a large range of articles for all interests, including interviews with musical celebrities, and lots of songs in tablature format. The paper newletter is supplemented with a very robust web site with MP3's that can be downloaded. This is very helpful to hear the timing of various licks. You can also order older newsletters with interviews or songs of interest.
All in all, the money for the subscription is money very well spent. The banjo newsletter authors really love their work and it shows! Keep up the excellent newsletter!

5-0 out of 5 stars This is the best
This has to be the best on-going publication for five string banjo players in the world. If you have a question, it will probably be answered in Banjo Newsletter. Songs, tabs, licks, interviews, tips, tricks, you name it. If it has anything to do with the five string banjo it will be in Banjo Newsletter. Truly a labor of love presented by people who want to see this wonderful part of Americana remain alive and not flushed down the toilet. Highly recommended.

5-0 out of 5 stars THE magazine for 5-stringers
I really don't have much to say except that if you love playing the 5-string banjo then you will find something of interest and amusement in every issue of BNL. It is a real bargain and clearly a labor of love of its editors and writers.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great Resource!
I love this magazine! Interesting articles, great bits of tab for advanced and beginner alike. A terrific magazine for the dedicated banjo player. ... Read more


7. Vibe
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Slicker and more uptown than competitors The Source and XXL, Vibe covers hip-hop culture in its many forms. The primary focus, of course, is music, but urban fashion also receives lavish treatment, and each issue contains a least a dash of movies, technology, sports, and politics. Celebrities tend to dominate its well-photographed and well-designed pages, but there's also room for more substantive fare (such as a touching report on "chickenheads"--rap-world groupies--who deserve better than they get from their often-abusive lovers). Covering a culture that is frequently misogynistic and homophobic, Vibe is both women- and gay-friendly, and surprisingly broad in its interpretation of who's cool enough for hip-hop: Elton John (for his Grammy duet with Eminem), maverick senator Jim Jeffords, and Seattle Mariners baseball star Ichiro Suzuki. --Keith Moerer ... Read more

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3-0 out of 5 stars Lost its vibe years ago, but it's still worth reading
Frankly, as another reviewer said, the magazine was doper (and larger in size, I might add) back in the early '90's. And ever since I read this, I noticed a few things: they hate MTV, they love BET, they hate Nas and his affiliates, they LOVE Jay-Z. The real reason to run and buy this magazine is for the "20 Questions", but back in the '90s all of the questions were funny. Now, only one or two of them are funny while the rest don't even make sense. Not to mention that they only put artists on the cover who went multiplatinum (i.e., Jay-Z never made the cover until 1998). But I still read the magazine for its START section that interviews up-and-coming acts and for the fact that it distances itself from other urban magazines by featuring non-hiphop artists like No Doubt and Lenny Kravitz. The Revolution sections are okay, but truthfully, their reviewers dislike anything that isn't Jay-Z, Dr. Dre, or Mary J. Blige.

4-0 out of 5 stars A decent staple of urban culture.
Within its few years since inception, Vibe magazine has grown to be a staple in urban/hip-hop culture. To its credit, Vibe covers considerable ground: r&b, neo soul, hip hop and reggae. Its focus is music, but it also reaches out to cinema, current events, sports, and television. Apparently, Vibe isn't afraid to push the envelope and tackle non-mainstream issues: they even did an article on hip hop culture in the Black gay community, which ended up being one of the very best articles the magazine has published. While Vibe is often guilty of hyping "hot" artists that are of dubious quality (Ashanti, Destiny's Child, etc), they also feature articles on talented artists that have yet to make it big. Overall, this magazine comes with my stamp of approval.

5-0 out of 5 stars man
man i love this but some of the items are to high and my wife dont like dat so please lower dem or i will sue u alright.

5-0 out of 5 stars Vibe keeps it real
I've been a subscriber for the past 2 years and since then I've stopped reading The Source almost completly. I can believe I wasted my money like that. This magazine is everything.. you get the latest 411 on da lastest fashion, issues affecting our communites, close up, personal interviews with the top names in Hip Hop and the column in the back where they discuss the unusual things going on in question.

3-0 out of 5 stars You've lost that VIBE...
Frankly, there isn't much I can say that hasn't already been said by everyone else, but all the people that gave Vibe magazine less than four stars are pretty accurate. What was once a great urban magazine is now just an okay magazine. The articles were great, all twenty of the 20 Questions were funny (or if not that, accurate); even the magazine itself was larger. But now all that has changed.

The articles are still pretty decent, but very seldom are they actually about music. I mean, sure, it's good to cover wrongful beatings of people and what not, but I thought this was a music magazine. Also, now the artist on the cover usually has an article that is only about two or three pages long, as opposed to longer stories by other artists - or other TOPICS in general. And the Revolutions (reviews) section is something I can do without. When the reviewers don't like an album, they never go into detail. Basically, they just say it's bad; they don't say WHY. And nowadays when I read 20 Questions, most of them will make me say, "Man, you must've been bored."

Vibe is still an okay magazine, but it needs to get its vibe back to keep readers interested.

Anthony Rupert ... Read more


8. Spin
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Founded in 1985 by Penthouse publisher Bob Guccione's son, Bob Jr., Spin magazine aimed to occupy a space forged and outgrown by Rolling Stone, which had since moved on from counter-culture reporting to a more pop-culture focus. Due to its well-funded birth, Spin rode the wave of the burgeoning alternative rock movementand was afforded the luxury of being as controversial as it wanted, forsaking at times somewhat slanted reporting in favor of the punch and jibe. Nonetheless, it brought into America's peripheral vision early stories of the ravages of AIDS in Africa, in addition to standard artist interviews and album reviews. Switching from a tabloid format to a glossy perfect-bound publication, the magazine now reports on fleeting music trends and the Next Big Thing more than it unearths alternative-rock gems, but it still does a good job of uncovering behind-the-scenes-stories, such as the violent acts and deplorably unhygienic conditions of 1999's Woodstock III music festival, in a way no other music magazine does. When the Beastie Boys released Hello Nasty in 1998, Spin published three different editions of the magazine--each with a separate headshot of one member of the renegade hip-hop group. Three years later, Rolling Stone copied the gimmick, featuring the members of boy band 'N Sync individually on five different covers. If Spin's influence in rock journalism was ever in question, this event provides irrefutable proof. --Beth Massa ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Doesn't Deserve the Bashing It's Received
Spin is a great magazine. It focuses on music most other magazines don't. After reading it you feel knowledgeable in all genres of music. The articles are a joy to read and make me laugh out loud. Spin also offers other fabulous features and great reviews that are straight forward and succinct. An overall fun magazine that I look forward to receiving every month. Last month my issue got torn, tattered, and water-stained from me carrying it around with me everywhere I went. I take it everywhere in case I catch a few free minutes to read on about Steve-O from Jackass or the White Stripes, or Red Hot Chili Pepper's struggle to stay in the industry for the love of the music. Spin has really covered all the bases and never left me disappointed. A great magazine, well-worth the money.

3-0 out of 5 stars better than rolling stone, occasionally insightful, but...
Every now and then Spin offers some high quality rock criticism. I, too, found it's 90 greatest albums of the '90s issue to be very good... yet so many of the artists they covered in that list go largely unnoticed in the magazine's regular issues, or end up buried beneath a lot of sub-par not music related articles and advertising.
If you are looking for a higher quality magazine of music criticism and rock journalism, I'd suggest seeking out some of the lower circulation, genre-specific magazines out there. Spin caters too much to evaluating pop trends and pushing bands that are already popular for my taste. If the subscription price is cheap enough and you just want something to browse, then go for it. But if you really want a quality music magazine, you'll have to look a little harder at your local bookstore, there are some out there.

5-0 out of 5 stars Best damn magazine ever!
SPIN covers pretty much every type of rock music out there...like electronic, altevernative, metal, EVERYTHING. They don't sugarcoat anything, and it's really funny at times. Definetly 5 stars.

5-0 out of 5 stars A must have for Cobain fans.
This is a very interesting issue of Spin to bring the ten anniversary of Kurt Cobains death. The thing that made this issue interesting was that editor Chuck Kiosterman made a prediction of what if Kurt Cobain didn't die? What if he lived? My question is, "Why didn't they get another person to write this? Chuck's predictions are very stupid. Ok, he has the part of divorcing Courtney Love right, but he said that on April 11 1998 Kurt was spotted holding hands with Courtney, and on November 16, 2003 they re-marry, those are false details that wouldn't happen. He just makes ridiculous predictions I can't write them all. He says that on June 5 2002 Cobain retires from music and becomes a painter. You be the judge there.

Forgetting that page, there is a picture of the shirt Kurt wore on the "Smells like teen spirit" video, they took the picture and Kurt's mom's house. They also put in a very rare picture of Kurt Cobain in the set of Smells like teen spirit with a shirt of Jesus on his head giving the camera the finger. Then there is a passage named "The ghost of Saint Kurt". It is really the story of how Kurt Cobain became Kurt Cobain. It is a very long passage, so if your too lazy to read just look at the pictures.

Then there is a timeline of events that happened in the Nirvana story. It goes from the late 18th century (it really just says how flannel shirts came about so you might want to say 1965) to 2003. It's a pretty cool timeline with no miss prints. There are also quotes from people from bands like Deryck from sum 41 and Donna A from the Donna's, and other people. That's about it, the rest of the stuff in the magazine is udder rubbish. This is a must get magazine, but you probably can't get it now. If you can, do.

1-0 out of 5 stars mainstream
Spin will do anything to try and stay hip. I wanted to gag when i saw a picture of blink 182 in their "tribute" to kurt cobain mag. Im a huge nirvana fan and the only good thing about those articles were the pictures. they were poorly written and dull. they didnt even scrape the surface of kurt's music, and his impact on an entire generation. i suggest maybe guitar world or anything other then spin... ... Read more


9. Guitar One Magazine
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5-0 out of 5 stars I love guitar one
i love the lessons in the book on soloing and other stuff.I also perfer it over Guitar World because it has more sheet music. It includes articals about what equpment, FX, Guitars, Ect. famous guitarist use, top ten list. And all this for 5 bux (an issue). Last it has about 6 peices of sheet music but if you go to a store or something sheet musics like ten bucks but in this you get a magazine and 6 peices of sheet music.

4-0 out of 5 stars Great source of guitar tab
The main reason I subscribe to Guitar One over Guitar World is the number of songs in each issue. I found myself rarely reading the instructional articles in GW, but always turning to the guitar tab in the middle. Guitar One has all the good parts of GW, plus at least 6 songs per issue. Its always full of good interviews with top bands and guitarists, plus lots of sneak previews of the bands that are going to be hitting it big soon. I've subscribed for several years now, and I have kept every single issue.

4-0 out of 5 stars An OK mag, useful web site too
There's about five billion guitar (bass, drums, stereo [insert your own]) magazines on the market, all of them are vendor-hype infested with very little useful information otherwise. This one isn't different, no worse no better. It's got a useful web site, btw, if you're looking for some gear info, that is. There's some music in the mag too, but as is always the case with mags like that, it's way too primitive to be of much interest. In general, I find British magazines of the same sort (Guitarist, Guitar Techniques, Computer Music, etc.) better, even if not by much -- better written, more informative, more pleasing graphically, with a CD attached (better hear once than read 1000 times, at least in this area... plus you get for free the presenters on the CD speaking with the nasty British accent that you can then rip, rearrange as needed, and use for your answering machine.)

OK, that said, all these mags are little different from a vendors' digest delivered to your door at your cost.

4-0 out of 5 stars Guitar Enthusias of the century !!!
I like this magazine cause it let me get tips on how to play guitar in a different way. A great magazine for folks who want to learn. I recommend this to folks cause it helps you to see what other folk are doing in term of technique of playing guitar. Great magazine !!!! ... Read more


10. People En Espanol
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5-0 out of 5 stars Una revista muy chevere
This magazine is wonderful if you are looking for a magazine that is easy to read, entertaining and yet informative all in one. It is geared toward the Latin community but I think it could also interest anyone who speaks Spanish and has a love for the culture. I started buying this magazine regularly in 1998 and I am still a fan of People en espanol. At first glance one may think that it's the Spanish version the weekly People magazine in English but believe me the only element in common is the title. This magazine has a section on "la farándula" and "en familia" which I find always nice to read and sometimes there are good articles about infants and kids that give helpful tips about childcare. There are other informative sections that you can read according to your personal preference. Lastly, the quality of the Spanish is very good in comparison to other magazines in its class in which I have found major grammar errors on a regular basis. This magazine is worth every cent and can be read through an through.

5-0 out of 5 stars better than the regular people magazine
I have been learning Spanish for several years now, but when I started out my teacher recommended People in espanol. When I got good enough at reading spanish, I started reading it. It is an awesome magazine, much better than its English counterparts. You won't find the same people over and over in the magazine, and the magazine seems to have more of a personal touch to it. The pages are more colorful and there are quizzes and other puzzles, as well as informative articles that are not the typical fluff of this magazine's english counterpart. It introduced me to a different culture as well.

5-0 out of 5 stars The Best Spanish Language Magazine in the US
People en Espanol is a magazine ALL Latinos can be proud of. A solid editorial mix of current events, celebrities, trends, fashion and nostalgia, the magazine is journalistically far superior to other titles for the same audience. Not only are its reporting standards superb, the magazine provides a wonderful range of stories every month. Unlike "TV & Novelas" which is all gossip-all-the-time, or "Latina" which is written in "spanglish" or even "Selecciones" which appeals to my parents, "People en Espanol" offers a genuine high-integrity alternative in Spanish that truly makes it unique, relevent and dynamic. The stories are interesting, the information valuable, and the photos vibrant....like our culture!

Moreover, it's not a knock-off of the US version of People Weekly - in fact, very little of its coverage draws from the US title, so that the editorial is fresh and relevant to the Latino audience, not matter if the reader is Mexican, Cuban, Puerto Rican, South American or Dominican. That alone makes it very special. In a culture where each subgroup seems self-isolated, this magazine works hard to focus on the ties that bind our communities rather than the ones that seem to drive us apart.

It's a magazine I am proud to subscribe to, and one I have given to countless friends as a gift. They love it, and you'll love it too!! ... Read more


11. Guitar World
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Average Customer Review: 3.21 out of 5 stars
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3-0 out of 5 stars The same songs tabbed over and over again
I've read this magazine since I first picked up a guitar in 1989. Since then, it's had its ups and downs, as it tends to follow the latest trends. In 1989 the focus was hair metal; in 1992 it was thrash. It 1995 it was in a slump of four chord songs and songs that appeared in previous issues. I believe "Crazy Train", "Walk", "Free Bird" and "Crossroads" have probably each appeared about a dozen times since 1990. My subscription ran out in the late 90's, but I keep an eye out for it on the news stands. It's currently in another slump, one where the tabs are typically either nu-metal, garage rock like The Vines, or the aforementioned reprints. However, all is not lost; there are still good columns, although the interviews aren't that great anymore. And I think that there was an At The Gates song in there not too long ago.
The bottom line is, buy it from the news stands when you see songs that you like in it. That way you can choose the best from the competition (which tends to tab the same songs at the same time, even the classic rock ones).

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent Magazine.
This is my favorite magazine, by far. If you play guitar, this is a must-have. It is, in my opinion, better than its "rival", Guitar One, because the articles are more interesting, the songs also include basslines along with the guitar tabs, and it has VERY helpful articles by rock stars like Kirk Hammett(Metallica), Dimebag Darrell(Pantera), Tony Rambola(Godsmack), and others that show different playing techniques along with exercises that can be very challenging. If you own a Line6 POD, the magazine includes settings for it that go along with the tabbed songs, so it sounds like the studio recording. So, if you play guitar, GET THIS!!!!!!!!! It's a good deal. Plus, Amazon's price saves you some $$$!

5-0 out of 5 stars i love both guitar one and guitar world
i love both guitar one and guitar world, but i like guitar one a Tiny bit more. But i love both magazines

3-0 out of 5 stars Good gone Bad
I was a gung-ho Guitar World reader from about '96-'01... my subscription ran out sometime in '03... but the quality of the publication had so seriously fallen, I didn't care to spend the money on it any longer. Guitar World has become SO mainstream that it's pretty difficult to put up with. I havn't felt that the interviews were good for a long time. It doesn't seem the interviewERS are musicians. Not much in there is for musicians anymore (just like Rolling Stone). There are tabs in there, but they generally aren't written the way the artist plays the song... I still have all of my old issues, and refer to them often, but as for the new ones... buy 'em on the stand when they've got something interesting.

2-0 out of 5 stars Brainwashing guitarists everywhere
Guitar World is the most commercial guitar magazine you can buy. The lessons are practiaclly useless unless you are just beginning guitar. They do have good columnists (Steve Vai, Joe Satriani, Dickey Betts, Warren Haynes, and even John Scofield), but this magazine is mainly targeted to the mainstream audiences instead of real guitarists. What really pisses me off is having to read Zakk Wylde say "Man I Love F****** alcohol" every minute.

And what about these "greatest guitarists of all time" articles. They have people who can only play barchords being listed as one of the greatest guitarists or having the best guitar solo ever. All this magazine is, is a bunch of hype and brainwashing of the masses. ... Read more


12. Alternative Press Magazine
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Average Customer Review: 4.11 out of 5 stars
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2-0 out of 5 stars Doug is my hero
I think he put it beautifully. I'm not saying that this magazine doesn't have a little bit going for it. Still it is a magazine for people who listen to mainstream bands put out by disney and then think it is alternative.

I am so tired of emo bands crying like wussy little girls about all their problems. They are priviledged middle class kids who don't have anything worthwhile to complain about so they just complain about how everyone was mean to them when they were a kid.

Seriously I don't think there is a worse genre of music than emo. I would rather listen to NSync because at least they don't put forward any false image of being "hardcore". Emo is no different than boy bands with guitars and a fake hardcore image.

If you like prepackaged punk and "hardcore" emo then this is probably the magazine for you. If you like good music you wont find too much of interest.

-TJ

5-0 out of 5 stars IF YOU LOVE PUNK ROCK/EMO YOU'LL LOVE ALTERNATIVE PRESS!!
I have a SUBSCRIPTIOn to AP and love it! every month i get it i'm never dissapointed at all, it always has interview's w/ bands i personally love! if you love punk,pop punk , emo, emocore you'll love this mag. It's the only magazine out on the market that actually caters to this type of music, everything else is for pop/popculture or Metal hardrock. SO GET THIS MAG! YOU'LL LOVE IT!!

5-0 out of 5 stars The Holy AP
How do I begin? AP is my bible. Music is my religion and AP is my holy scripture. Screw Jesus, let's get some AFI!

3-0 out of 5 stars Well...
GREAT coverage of the indie/emo scene, though I'm not sure Dashboard deserves all the praise it receives (all they do after all is fill an album with ballads). Where it lacks is the coverage of Punk bands and Pseudo-Punk Bands. Bands like A Simple Plan, Good Charlotte, New Found Glory, etc. etc, these are the type of bands this magazine should be trashing. Or at least ignoring. But they don't, the bands receive the same amount of praise as anyone else, if not more. This magazine is like the Seventeen of Alt and Indie Rock, it only covers the more popular underground bands. Most of the names it covers can be found quite quickly by going to an emo album review site. In the end, you have to ask yourself, do you like Thursday, Taking Back Sunday, A Simple Plan, Dashboard Confessional, and Bad Religion? If you answered yes yes yes yes yes, or even yes yes no yes yes, then this is the magazine for you. If not, then find something else, because those are the only types of bands you'll find here.

4-0 out of 5 stars a cool magazine
i picked it up because i saw an article about dropkick murphys.. i wasnt disappointed in it at all.. they hilight a lot of new bands that i hadnt heard of and was glad to hear about.. id highly recommend it! ... Read more


13. Guitar Player
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Published for amateur, semi-pro, and professional guitar players in the rock, blues, classical, flamenco, jazz, pop, fusion, country and new age fields.
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3-0 out of 5 stars Still good, mostly
When GP started publication there wasn't anything else to compete with it. Now the aspiring youg guitarist has his or her pick of guitar mags, full of tab transcriptions of the latest hits and fawning interviews with pretentious guitar heros.

GP has tried to stand out form these magazine by being more about music and equipment, and to have a broader view of guitar playing, and to an extent is has succeeded. You're far more likely to find a profile of an intersting Flamenco or Brazilian guitarist in GP than in one of the other mags, and while you won't find fully tabbed out songs, GP is far more likely to deliver an article that goes into some depth on theory and application. In that sense, GP is more for musicians, and the other guitar magazines are mostly for teens looking to cover their favorite bands.

GP isn't always great. Some issues are completely devoid of anything that interests me, and there's far too much punk and shred guitar for my tastes. But a subscription is ridiculously cheap; I don't mind if I only find something of use in as few as half the issues I receive.

4-0 out of 5 stars Some Diverse Guitar Coverage
I've been subscribing for a couple of years now. The quick laundry list:
1. My favorite bit is there tends to be a diverse selection of guitar players and lessons. One month may be jazz heavy, another may be blues heavy, and sometimes there is even some punk/metal stuff thrown in. As a player I enjoy blues and metal, but I enjoy the diversity as it spawns ideas. Also note that while there are main stream guitarists covered there are also a lot of more obscure folks covered as well.

2. Yes there are a lot of ads. Show me a magazine that isn't loaded with ads these days tho'.

3. Yes there are a lot of gear reviews. Great if you're a gear head - not so good if you could care less. Usually at least 50% reviews 50% lessons, sometimes more on the review side.

4. I've been playing for a few years now and find most of the lessons are generally intermediate to advanced and assume you are fairly well versed in music theory. I don't count myself as an extraordinary guitar player though. I ended up buying a few music theory books to help me understand the lessons after a few issues. Frustrating but a great challenge!

5. No there are no tabs of the latest or oldest hits out there. Everything in this magazine revolves around learning to make music, not copy somebody else note for note.

All in all a decent enough magazine. I'm giving 4 stars instead of 5 just because I'm a bit against all the gear reviews and the lessons are sometimes too brief or vague to be useful for me.

3-0 out of 5 stars So-So
This is a good magazine not the best. I like transcriptions but doesnt have them. The gear reviews are good it helped me buy an effect station. Overall I give it a three.

P.S. I think Brandon was talking about guitar one. I know that has a riff box.

4-0 out of 5 stars Great tip
Interviews, tips on playing and gear, lessons. all around great.

1-0 out of 5 stars Don't subscribe unless you like junk mail and telemarkets
I subscribed in 2001 through amazon.com and choose not to re-subscribe. I have received at least 2 phone calls a month from telemarketers and numerous mail solicitations for guitar player magazine to re-subscribe since my subscription ended. Even worse I have received three invoices from Ebsco Enterprises (I just received my third invoice today which is why I am posting this message) stating that I had contacted them by phone to subscribe even though I did no such thing. I have asked repeatedly by phone and certified mail to have my name removed from the telemarketer's list and guitar players as well only to have the cycle start over again in three months.

Bottom line is this magazine is just out to get your money, if you're serious about playing guitar your better off hanging out with other guitar players or taking lessons rather than wasting your money on advertisements, gear porn, one or two interesting articles each month, and the trill of junk mail and late night telemarketer phone calls. ... Read more


14. Mix
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Covers all aspects of audio and music production.
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3-0 out of 5 stars cool, but...
The thing about Mix is that it covers such high end stuff that it isolates a lot of people who want to make music on a practical budget. I mean, yeah, multi-millon dollar studios every issue are cool-- 128 channel SSL mixing boards and $5,000 mics--but let's be realistic: Mix is a magazine for professional audio engineers (a dying breed by the way). Music of tomorrow is being made in home studios with software and plug-ins. People will argue with me of course but it's the same debate we had in the mid to late 80's...Digital vs. Analog? Now it's Hardware vs. Software? Big Budget Studio vs. Home Studio? There's room for both but one will dominate the other, no doubt about it. If you're a new musician or are interested in home recording you need to read Computer Music, Future Music, Music Tech, Electronic Musician, Sound on Sound, Recording or EQ. Even if you're focus isn't electronic music...every band needs a computer to record.

There are people who will vehemently deny this, naturally. But they are sound professionals gripped by fear and they see the future coming. "You need a professional to master your record"--no you can do it with software. "You need this $2,000 Avalon compressor to get that warm sound"--no, you can do it with software. "You need to have a pro listen to your mix"--no, you just need some good monitors and your ears. "You need to rent this $20,000 vintage Neumann mic to get that sound you need" --no a Samson or Rode will do for 150 bucks. "But they're an inexpensive knock-off of the 'real thing'"--if it breaks I'll buy another, then another then another and still come out ahead. "You need to rent this studio for 500 bucks an hour" --no, I'll do it sitting in my underwear in the comfort of my own home and not stress about the 6 months it took to save up for fours hours of studio time. I mean for 2 grand you can get a super fast PC, some software and a couple mics and do it at your own leisure.

But I guess I'd be worried too if I'd spent thousands of dollars on sound engineering school and 20 years in the biz labeling tapes or rolling up cables or working one slider during the recording of "Rumours." It's looking great for some and not so great for others.

5-0 out of 5 stars What a great magazine!
For anyone who is interested in professional audio - from studio recording to audio post production to live sound - Mix is the magazine! I've read many competitive magazines, but if you're interested in professional audio for real - Mix is the magazine of choice. Great information and incredible editorial. ... Read more


15. Bass Player
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Publisher: Music Player Group
Sales Rank: 207
Average Customer Review: 4 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars A Great Bass Player's Resource
Bass Player features successful bass players every month. The subject matter is wide ranging. Towards the front of the magazine, there is a new gear section that gives a short description and thumbnail picture of new products such as effects pedals, speaker cabinets, strings, and what have you. Usually the magazine cover shot will be the main story where the magazine will give background information on a bass player and then interview him/her. One month you might find Paul McCartney, the next, Flea from the Red Hot Chili Peppers. In the interview, the reader gets insight into the mind of working successful musicians and how they shape musical bass standards with their vision. Towards the back of the magazine, there are in-depth reviews of three or four pieces of musical equipment; always included are a bass guitar, often a bass amp, and speakers, strings, and pedals.

As you get further to the back, there are many lessons geared towards teaching the aspiring bass player how to do certain techniques they might have heard on a recording, as well as technical exercises to improve technique. One month, you may have a guest columnist teaching you about how to hold your hand over the fretboard on an upright, and the next, you may get lessons on how to keep better tempo with the drummer. This section is very valuable and pertinent to anyone aspiring to improve their playing style. Peppered throughout the magazine are ads from all the industry manufacturers and retailers advertising a broad spectrum of supplies available, as well as internet links to those products. These ads themselves are educational as they give the musician a chance to compare product specifications and pricing. If I had any requests from this magazine, it would be--how about a small humor section or a cartoon?

This magazine is a must-have for both the seasoned professional and the aspiring newbie. I never miss an issue and I learn something every time I read a new Bass Player. I always look forward to the next issue with great enthusiasm. Do yourself a favor and subscribe to this one today! :-)

5-0 out of 5 stars Fabulous magazine for bass players
While many music rags limit there coverage to new and hip artists, while providing lots of song transcriptions, Bass Player is focused on teaching. The artists surveyed are always eclectic and exciting, and the lessons challenging and intriguing. In all, the focus of the magazine seems to me to be the philosophy of music, and is consistently intelligent and articulate. Every serious bass player would benefit from a couple of copies of this magazine.

1-0 out of 5 stars Where's My Mag?
We have been waiting since August....OF LAST YEAR!!!
The check has cleared...you have all of our information....what are you waiting for?
Let's see...it has now been 5 MONTHS!!!!!!!
Did you rip us off?

4-0 out of 5 stars For Metalheads and Punks
While BP does do the occasional article on a straight-ahead jazz player or upright player, most of the editorial content (and what seesm like 90% of the cover photos) are deoted to the tattooed, pierced and punked up shredder of the month. Sure, there's actually a colum devoted to upright playing- sort of- but overall this is a magazine for young rockers. For them, it's great. For me... I'm still looking.

5-0 out of 5 stars the ULTIMATE bass magazine!!!
The best bass magazine out there!
You `ll find anything you need every month...famous artists,gear reviews,lessons...everything!!!
I `ve been reading this mag` from age 14 (10 years of bass playing)and it helped me in my playing in many ways.
It`s simply the ultumate magazine of bass guitar.
Nuff said! ... Read more


16. Under The Radar

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Asin: B0000DYF6Y
Catlog: Magazine
Publisher: Under The Radar
Sales Rank: 331
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars Might be the best music magazine out there
Under the Radar might be the best American music magazine around these days. The writing and photography is great, and the layout and overall quality of the mag just gets better with each issue. If you're into indie-rock then you're bound to love at least some of the bands they've covered, they seem to interview almost everybody. They squeeze so many amazing bands into each issue. My only complaint is that is doesn't come out more regularly.

I've sampled a lot of indie-rock mags, and Under the Radar is definitely more ahead of the curve than indie magazines like Amplifier, Rockpile, Big Takeover, Resonance etc. (all worthy music mags) or than bigger mags like Rolling Stone, Spin, Filter, Blender etc. Most of my new favorite bands in the last year or two were discovered through Under the Radar, then a couple of months later I'd start reading about some of those bands in other music mags. Via Under the Radar I first discovered bands like The Thrills, The Sleepy Jackson, Mew, The Streets, Rilo Kiley, Clearlake, British Sea Power, Interpol, The Polyphonic Spree, The Dears, The Velvet Teen, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, TV On the Radio, Electrelane, Hot Hot Heat, Elbow, stellastarr*, The Shins, and the list goes on. Plus their articles on bigger bands are usually more in-depth than other US music mags. They've done great articles on Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, Spiritualized, Modest Mouse, Death Cab for Cutie, Belle & Sebastian, The Flaming Lips, Blur, Super Furry Animals, Bright Eyes, Ride, Badly Drawn Boy, Broken Social Scene, etc. etc. And they were the last magazine to interview Elliott Smith before he died because they were the only ones who bothered to track him down and catch up with him. The photography is usually great too. For ahwile I wasn't into the layout, but they've really improved on that with the last couple of issues. There are other music mags that I buy too, like Devil In the Woods, Magnet and Big Takeover, but Under the Radar is the one I trust the most. ... Read more


17. Acoustic Guitar
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Asin: B00005N7OC
Catlog: Magazine
Publisher: String Letter Publishers
Sales Rank: 183
Average Customer Review: 3.67 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars Alone in the field
Most guitar magazines are about mainly equipment and to a lesser extent, the thrash/metal/punk/whatever hero of the moment. "Acoustic Guitar" is different. It does talk about equipment, sure, but the primary focus has always been the music and the artists.

I have a couple years' worth of "Acoustic Guitar" on my bookshelves, unlike another popular magazine that gets read and tossed or given away. I don't save every issue, but I save a lot, as there's so much timeless information and good music to be found. In the few issues withing arm's reach I see a story on the music of "O Brother Where Are Thou?" with an arrangment of "Man of Constant Sorrow". Here's an article on Jazz Manouche and Django Reinhardt, with a tutorial written by John Jorgenson. Another issue spotlights the then-new MTV Unplugged phenomenon, and has a transcription of Clapton's unplugged "Layla".

Issues have covered contemporary singer-songwriters, Cuban "Son" music, African music, 1920s American Jazz guitarists... just about anything that can be played on a guitar. Evry issue is a surprise, and even if it doesn't have one of your favorites it'll have something you'll find interesting and useful.

2-0 out of 5 stars Subscription Problems
While I love the magazine, I have had problems getting the issues delivered. This has also happened when I tried to subscribe by phone and over the Internet. They can't seem to get it right.

When a customer WANTS to pay, why make it difficult for him? And since I DID pay a subscription..., why am I still having trouble getting all the issues? Customer service is NOT a phrase in their vocabulary.

4-0 out of 5 stars A must for serious acoustic guitar players
If you love to pull out that acoustic and knock off a few songs when the world seems to be going crazy and your soul needs the healing energy of music, then you should read this magazine. It provides good product reviews, playing tips, and song tabs. Also helpful are tips for tuning up and maintaining your guitar so it stays in the best playing condition. Although I am not a fan of magazine ads, the ads in this magazine are cool because they provide useful information about new products and services that would otherwise be difficult to discover. The interviews with top acoustic players like James Taylor, Neil Young & Bert Jansch are also a big plus. In all honesty, I do not read every issue--I grab issues when they have something I am interested in. In sum, if you are serious about playing that Martin or Gibson sitting in the corner, then read Acoutic Guitar every now and then--you will learn something! ... Read more


18. Mojo

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Asin: B00006KOAX
Catlog: Magazine
Publisher: Emap Metro / 4th Floor Mappin
Sales Rank: 630
Average Customer Review: 4.75 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars Got my "Mojo" workin'
Music, music, music. That's what "Mojo" is about, and ALL it's about. If you're looking for info on pop stars' latest paramours, or rants about the government, look elsewhere. This magazine is a sleek, polished, well-informed music magazine that focuses on the core of what people listen to.

"Mojo" covers all the bases with information about rock (present and classic), country, R&B, alternative, punk, and a speckling of other types. In-depth, professional articles -- at least one big one, and a number of smaller ones, interviews and analysis alike. Not to mention, of course, the wealth of reviews and concert reports.

Unlike many music magazines, "Mojo" focuses both on the past and present. Present: Norah Jones, Outkast, Ryan Adams, Flaming Lips, Strokes and David Bowie. Past: Led Zeppelin, Elvis, Ramones, the Beatles (naturally!), Pink Floyd, Nirvana, and so forth. They also take a hard look at up-and-coming new bands and performers, without letting hype get in the way. They balance out respect for rock's illustrious past, while acknowledging the worth of new bands and music.

As an extra bonus, nearly every issue of "Mojo" comes with a CD firmly attached to it. For example, one was a collection of classic blues songs that have since been covered by everybody from Jimi Hendrix to Aerosmith to the White Stripes. It's the icing on a cake that is already sweet on its own.

"Mojo" is music-lover's Bible. One thing it isn't: it's not people who love trends and celebrity. It's a solid, ultra-informative collection of info about every kind of good music under the sun. A winner.

5-0 out of 5 stars Best Music Mag Ever
Hands down, Mojo is the most well-written, informed magazine concerning popular (not pop) music published today; covering rock & roll, rhythm & blues, country...I'm talking the vintage stuff. A fat wealth of information without the pandering BS and hype contained in nearly ALL comparable U.S. publications. Reviews are well-informed and referenced, interviews and articles are well-researched and do not insult the intelligence of either the reader or the subject. Ever wanna' know what went on in the studio with Alex Chilton and The Replacements? Did Johnny Cash really set a mountain on fire? Mojo usually does a couple of massive feature articles on popular and/or influential bands of the past,plus short interviews with personalities (ever wonder what Tony Blair listens to when he gets up in the morning?), a few hundred record and concert reviews, new releases, UK club dates. Makes Rolling Stone and SPIN look like the TeenBeat rags they truly are. Well worth the price. The only thing the US produces that comes close is MAGNET.

4-0 out of 5 stars Like Rolling Stone Used To Be
Actually, it deserves 4.5 stars. This is a Brit magazine that offers great articles that cover classic bands' tales as much as keeping you tuned in to the latest waves of musicians, from Americana to Blues to Brit Pop. There's at least one excellent, long article per issue which will tell you more about bands you thought you knew about than any magazine published in USA (check old issues for Dylan's or Pink Floyd's, for instance).
If you are old enough to remember Rolling Stone when it concerned itself with musicians and other artists creating new boundaries for popular art, rather than catering the current, pathetic BritneySpear-NightmareMachine ... you would enjoy Mojo. By the way, it's not five stars because there's a better mag out there: Uncut.

3-0 out of 5 stars MONO!
I cannot believe how wonderful this magazine is! I mean if you ever wanted to find out about who Madonna is sleeping with at the moment, then this is the place to find out! However, if you actually want to know about what is happening in the music industry, then PLEASE DON'T BUY MOJO!

And just WHAT IS THE DEAL with a 10-issue in-depth analysis of the long-term emotional and mental effects of thousands of misguided kids finally realizing that the Monkees didn't even play their own instruments? WHO CARES?!?! The Monkees were a lame band. Everyone knew they were fake. Did you really NEED to spend 10 consecutive issues (Count them - TEN!) interviewing patients of mental hospitals, the homeless, and hapless politicians to fill up space in your rag?

SHEESH! Save yourselves some money - Buy Hustler. Same price, has the same amount of music coverage, but its much more interesting to look at.

5-0 out of 5 stars Music No. 1
This is my favorite magazine that has stories about all types of music. Mojo dwarf Rolling stone magazine and others like rolling stone. Everytime the latest mojo is released i'm excited about what's inside. The only 1 thing that i don't like about mojo is their covers they always have the same artist or bands on the cover of their magazine like the Beatles, Led zepplin, bob dylan (great artist) but how many times are we going to see these artist on the cover although they did have marvin gaye, Bob marley on the cover of
their magazine. They will have interviews with different artist, but they will not feature them on the cover. All these rock bands which are great, but feature all types of artist just like in the magazine. Have Bill Withers, Nina Simone, Muddy Waters, John Coltrane, Egar & Johnny winter, Sly & The Family Stone - the whole band & Not just Sly, The Allman Band Brothers, Etta James, Joe Cocker, Joan Baez, Arlo Guthie, John Lee Hooker, Tower of Power, Osibisa, Donny Hathaway, Sarah Vaughan, Cream, Ten Years After... different artist & groups on the cover, represent what's in the magazine.
There is no magazine on different music that can compare to mojo period.
Question: Does anyone know how can i get the august 2001 edition of mojo with sly stone on the cover? It's out of print. ... Read more


19. Blender
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Asin: B0009K9ILS
Catlog: Magazine
Publisher: Dennis Publishing
Sales Rank: 552
Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars
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1-0 out of 5 stars Horrible magazine
The magazine in a group effort named "The Sound of Silence" by Simon and Garfunkle as one of the worst songs ever.

Do I have to say anything more?

1-0 out of 5 stars Terrible Magazine
This magazine is horrible.I originally thought it would discuss "cutting edge", interesting music that is perhaps a bit left of center.Rather, you get more info about Britney, Christina, and whom ever else is popular at the time.I did subscribe for a year with high hopes, but after the first few issues I realized I could have spent my money more wisely.This magazine is not for folk that are into music....but if you want to find out how cool the stupid singer from Fuel is for doing coke off of a filthy public toilet, go for it.

1-0 out of 5 stars What can you expect?
From the same bozos who bring us such brainfood as Maxim and Stuff...If you find the aforementioned entertaining, you might like this.

3-0 out of 5 stars Odd Mix of Smart History and Dumb Trendhopping
Blender might be the most readable general music mag available right now, since Spin and Rolling Stone have become mediocre and directionless. The best reason to buy Blender, if for nothing else, is the killer review section (see below). Blender is a schizophrenic magazine, as an intricate knowledge of highbrow rock history is mixed with a slavish obsession with teen pop trends, with music reporting that can be very informative but is lacking in depth. For example, recently Aerosmith's place in rock history was summed up with a statement that they had some hit singles in the 70s and then were sampled by Eminem. Meanwhile, if you want to be on the cover or appear visually in more than a couple of basic photos, you'd better be photogenic. Blender has a weakness for cheesecake shots of attractive female entertainers who apparently don't mind showing off the goods because they know their music can't be taken seriously. Recent notorious examples are Jessica Simpson and Hilary Duff, while spreads on Mariah Carey and Jennifer Lopez divert attention from ability to skin.

A further weakness is an inability to effectively mix deep music knowledge and shallow fandom. The greatest feature of Blender is the reviews section, in which all manner of both obscure and famous music is (mostly) reviewed intelligently. Of great merit is the monthly focus on a chosen artist's back catalog, and acts ranging from Black Sabbath to George Harrison to Elvis Costello have been profiled with great historical insight. But the knowledgeable reviews, despite their general usefulness to serious fans, are still marred by ceaseless trendy namedropping. In the most recent issue, Sri Lankan artist MIA is hyped as "Jay Z's favorite," a band called Ivy is written up because they have "ties to Fountains of Wayne," and the act Neva Dinova is "a close personal friend of Conor Oberst." Artists are not important simply because of vague connections to this year's hipster favorites (Jack White was last year's ubiquitous Oberst), and this is the fundamental weakness in most of Blender's coverage of both current and classic music. It shouldn't be necessary to appease casual trendhoppers when you have the ability to inform and satisfy serious music fans. [~doomsdayer520~]

2-0 out of 5 stars 2 1/2 Stars...
I got an free issue of Blender Magazine in the mail.And liked what I saw in the first issue.But, I really don't find anything that exciting in the magazine.I feel now that I wasted my money even in subscribing.I doubt I will resubscribe!Granted there are its pros and cons of the magazine but the content in the magazine makes me not want to reorder it.

Pros
-I like music and it is a music magazine
-Download section has some good downloads
-And the section called the Guide-rates music and CDs.

Cons
-Just lacking a gusto that Rolling Stone and others have.
-Sometimes they don't even interview the people for things one would be interested in; ?'s will be like "Who did you sleep with?""What did you eat?"Just stupid annoying stuff that your 15 year old brother would think is funny.
-Sometimes verging on disgusting!And annoying !

Over-all it reads like it is made by horny teenage boys and that music comes last to them.The articles are not even anything new and interesting they are things you can hear on t.v. or read in a better music magazine!

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20. Clavier

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Asin: B00007AW8E
Catlog: Magazine
Publisher: Instrumentalist Co
Sales Rank: 1588
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Articles on the artistic as well as the practical aspects of teaching, news and music reviews for teachers of keyboard instruments and their advanced students.
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