Scramble wrote:Can you now do the all the back issues of Keyboard magazine by tomorrow please? (Actually, by tonight -- nobody likes a layabout, Desmond.)
I know, I gave my scanners a quick rest. They really hate me these days... ;)
Keyboard and other magazines still publishing are a no-go, as the rights are an on-going commercial concern.
(SOS is the obvious exception here, but this is a special case, and only because those early episodes would not be forthcoming otherwise, so it works out for everybody. In time when Ian's less busy on the new website stuff, I've always planned to submit that content back to SOS to complete out their archive also.)
Also, I'm not tackling (at this time anyway) US magazines or US versions, as the rights situation is different - eg, the MMP magazines like "Music Technology" had a separate US offshoot company formed to publish them, and those rights went elsewhere - currently they are owned by the US "Recording" mag, whereas the UK rights went to Future.
The rights situation is tricky - in some cases, some magazines where made by small indie publishers who just folded. In other cases, publishers traded magazines and IP left right and centre, so even if you know who published a magazine back in the day, it doesn't mean you can track where that IP went as publishers were bought, sold, merged, split and so on.
Also, a last final thing - when I was researching International Musician, I wanted to try and hammer down a few dates (like first issue published dates and so on) so I ended up reading (the naming is a co-incidence!) Richard Desmond's biography, which was some interesting reading in the background of this publishing sector.
I'm hoping also to bring some behind the scenes stuff up (nothing dirty!) that some folks have promised. As Ian said, it was an interesting time... 8-)