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80s music magazines. And fanzines

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80s music magazines. And fanzines

Postby Uvox » Tue Feb 09, 2021 2:56 am

Next to the books topic, there is always a place for MAGAZINES thread,

I start it with a link to the excellent blogspot, where all (ALL!) SMASH HITS mag scans are being posted by an enthusiast -

You will find tons of interesting info there, and the magazines scans are being added constantly,
it's amazing that the mags are posted with an exact 40 year interval, this February he posts magazines issued in February 1981,

enjoy some useful reading,

and do not hesitate to add scans of mags here.
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Re: 80s music magazines

Postby Passing_Stranger » Tue Feb 09, 2021 4:27 pm

Nice idea for a thread!

Alternative site for "Smash Hits" issues: ... 981-issues

Scans of "Smash Hits" competitor, "No. 1" magazine, can be found here: ... e-magazine

"Flexipop" (offbeat teen mag of the early 1980s) scans are here:

Scans of various music technology mags -, amazing what you can find there!

Scans of various UK & US magazines - - including music industry papers "Billboard", "Cashbox", "Record World", "Music Week" etc., the archive is really stunning even now and promises to get bigger!

Some old issues of "Record Mirror":

Canadian music industry magazine RPM scans: (gap from 1977 to 1983)

"New York Rocker":

"Trouser Press":

Australian music mag "Roadrunner": ... ry-results

Yugoslavian music magazine "Dzuboks":
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Re: 80s music magazines. And fanzines

Postby Uvox » Thu Feb 11, 2021 5:32 am

Fan community made fanzines are an important part of the music press.

Here is the link to ULTRAVOX fan community press, EXTREME VOICE fanzines full collection, 21 issues. ... reme_Voice

and the supplements: ... upplements

Share your links,
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Re: 80s music magazines. And fanzines

Postby xymox970 » Thu Feb 11, 2021 4:43 pm

Great thread!

Anyone know where I can find the complete NME indie charts (singles & LPs) ?

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Re: 80s music magazines. And fanzines

Postby maccafan076 » Sun Feb 14, 2021 5:34 pm

It's great seeing these again along with many I've never seen before. Thanks for putting all the links together here.
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Re: 80s music magazines. And fanzines

Postby Uvox » Thu Jun 24, 2021 1:05 pm

SOUND ON SOUND, the world's premier music recording technology magazine's archives from 1985 and on are now restored and posted in full here:

The first issue cover hero was MIDGE URE, no less.


here is his interview:
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Re: 80s music magazines. And fanzines

Postby crichert » Thu Jun 24, 2021 3:33 pm

LOVE being able to read these old publications, thanks for this Uvox!!
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