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Q Magazine to Close

Postby Ian Shaw » Mon Jul 20, 2020 6:52 pm

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-53477377

Real shame. Used to read it a lot back in the day
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Re: Q Magazine to Close

Postby blinddrew » Mon Jul 20, 2020 9:18 pm

Yep, discovered quite a few bands from their sampler CDs. :(
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Re: Q Magazine to Close

Postby Forum Admin » Mon Jul 20, 2020 9:32 pm

Always a shame to hear of any publication closing its doors, as I know how much hard work and devotion goes into getting each edition out of the publishing house doors!

Hope its writers find work elsewhere or survive online.

I was never a big Q reader in its heyday, but it had its place and fans. RIP.
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Re: Q Magazine to Close

Postby Hugh Robjohns » Mon Jul 20, 2020 9:43 pm

blinddrew wrote:Yep, discovered quite a few bands from their sampler CDs. :(

:lol: me too! Haven't picked up a copy in years, but I was a regular reader from its launch until the mid-90s. Nothing is forever, but very sad to hear of its demise.
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Re: Q Magazine to Close

Postby Martin Walker » Mon Jul 20, 2020 10:26 pm

Agreed - I bought quite a few copies of Q over the years, and it helped me discover various new artists and bands, as well as find out more about ones I already knew.

It seems to be a sad fact of life nowadays that so many people find music 'disposable', and are not interested in finding out more about how it was conceived and created.


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Re: Q Magazine to Close

Postby Ian Shaw » Wed Jul 22, 2020 1:15 pm

Q magazine did seem to lose it's way at one point & I switched to Word magazine, which is sadly no longer with us. It seemed to steal Q mags thunder. It had great cover CDs, some of which I still play in the car today.

I've noticed a lot of articles in the music mags are more often than not just recycled material these days, making out to be new interviews, when there is hardly any input from the artist
thenselves. Maybe nostalgia sells more magazines these days
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Re: Q Magazine to Close

Postby Martin Walker » Wed Jul 22, 2020 1:24 pm

Ian Shaw wrote:I've noticed a lot of articles in the music mags are more often than not just recycled material these days, making out to be new interviews, when there is hardly any input from the artist themselves. Maybe nostalgia sells more magazines these days

The same has also happened with hi-fi mags, which now on a monthly basis revisit 'classic' amps, CD players, loudspeakers, and so on.

I think it's indicative of their readership - the young kids aren't so interested, and we oldsters already have our optimised hi-fi sound systems and Q-style music collections, so they are attempting to appeal to our nostalgia to keep readers.


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Re: Q Magazine to Close

Postby Hugh Robjohns » Wed Jul 22, 2020 1:29 pm

You may have a point there..... ;)
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Re: Q Magazine to Close

Postby MOF » Wed Jul 22, 2020 2:34 pm

I can’t remember the last time I bought Q, it would have been for an in depth article about The Beatles most likely (50th anniversary of an album). I prefer ‘how to’ type magazines hence the SOS subscription.
I don’t think I ever discovered a new artist from a review or article.
Sad to see it go though.
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Re: Q Magazine to Close

Postby BigRedX » Wed Jul 22, 2020 2:53 pm

I have to say I did discover a couple of new artists via Q's cover-mounted CDs, but gave up on the magazine a long time ago due to it becoming far too mainstream for me.
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Re: Q Magazine to Close

Postby The Bunk » Fri Jul 24, 2020 12:02 pm

I used to love it but it all started to change - for the worse for me - as technology changed; it seemed to focus more on how to listen to music as opposed to what to listen to. It pretty much became a music "tech" magazine of sorts. But I have happy memories of its good years. Once on holiday in Spain somewhere I found a nice cosy music bar with a small "library" of several back issues; spent a very happy few quiet nights in there browsing them with a beer.

Sad to see it go...

Oh, bit of a name drop...I was working at Warner Music HQ several years ago and walked into an office to see Chrissie Hynde having a photo shoot taken for its front cover once. I melted. Absolutely melted.

I doubt she did though.
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Re: Q Magazine to Close

Postby Rich Hanson » Fri Jul 24, 2020 12:25 pm

I bought it from its first issue, but got bored when they started to get obsessed with lists. Still sorry to see it go, though.
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