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Intro: "Classic Rock" it is a music magazine from U.K. which as it name says, has to do first of all with Classic Rock music. Fortunately this isn't the only music genre of this kind of sound that it deals, but the most kinds in Rock music generally, as Progressive, Heavy Metal, Thrash Metal, N.W.O.B.H.M. e.x.t.
1) Appearance: "Classic Rock" has a very good appearance. The first page it is always great. Sometimes can be a rare picture of an artist, or a sketch, for example in 155 issue, Eric Clapton appears as a devil with horns and black winds with a hellish background full of fire!
As for the last page, it is always an advertisement, which has to do with music, so there is always an interest for the reader.
2) Graphic Design: The pages are in big size and in good quality. There are a lot of photos, many times rare and you can enjoy them by observing the details.
The pagination of the magazine it is very good, with a way that keeps your interest, but don't cause problems when you read. So you can find articles inside boxes with different colors for backgrounds, but the words are always redeemable.
3) Content: Here is the most important stuff. There are interviews from past and future Rock stars, so you can have a view of the two worlds, which usually are connected, cause always in a new band, there are some influences.
You can find also different kinds of interesting tributes about a band, a song, an album, a live and many good stuff which can dig and read again and again in the future.
Of course there are all the latest news about the new albums and lives and reviews with the opinion from different editors.
4) Gifts: "Classic Rock" it is always accompanied by a worthy gift, which can be a cd, a dvd, a calendar e.x.t., which are always stuff of good quality.
5) Price: The price it is fair enough compared to the content, the quality of the magazine and the gift that accompanies it.
1) There are a lot of pages which are dedicated to advertisements. Of course this is not always bad, because, all the advertisements are related to music, so the reader maybe can find something that interests him, but not always.
2) This one it is only for the readers outside of the U.K.
There are a lot of pages about different bands and the live tours in the U.K. which are not interest the reader from another country. But it is reasonable, because "Classic Rock" it is an English magazine.
3) The price for the readers outside the U.K. for each issue it is very high and the only solution i think it is to be a subscriber and to save some money.
Outro: In almost 150 pages there are always something interest for all the fans of Rock and music in general. Check it!!!
Extras: First issue of "Classic Rock", published back in 1998.
It is a monthly magazine and using the British language.
There are some special issues from time to time, as for example the Fun Pack issues about Slash, Motorhead and Whitesnake's new albums with the whole magazine dedicated to the particular band, each time and the new cd for gift.
I have been a Classic Rock reader for about 10 years and have found it to be a great magazine for those who love their rock music.
As someone who has seen most of the great rock musicians, including Hendrix (never met him though!), there is always feelings of nostalgia reading some of the articles. However, being a grumpy old woman I get a bit p***** off with the number of times they feature the likes of Kiss (who I hate), Ozzie, Led Zep, Aerosmith, AC/DC, Guns'n Roses etc., (who I like). The reason is that there is very little I don't already know about these bands and feel that the Classic Rock writers are just regurgitating the same old stuff to fill pages. This could possibly be due to their own preferences.
It is refreshing when they feature new bands and I am always prepared to listen to their output even if it doesn't appeal to me personally. I tend to listen to a lot of fairly recent American bands these days such as The Bottle Rockets, Govt Mule, Drive By Truckers, Slobberbone, Reckless Kelly etc., and apart from reviewing a couple of Truckers albums there is never any mention of literally dozens of guitar bands who they could feature. There is a Canadian guy by the name of Tom Cochrane who has been around since the eighties, plays great guitar, great voice, great lyrics - never been mentioned - yet tons more deserving than some of those that have been featured.
I am aware that you can't please everybody but I often feel that younger readers who are interested in getting into rock are missing out due to to the limited range of bands featured.
Incidentally, the magazine is cheaper if you take out a subscription and have it delivered to your door.
Contrary to what most people would assume, my favourite music magazine is 'Classic Rock'. The monthly publication, based in the UK has been active since 1998 and is focused upon all forms of Rock music through from the '60s right up to the early nineties in order to ensure that those who made an impact and would in the future be considered 'classic' (such as Guns 'N' Roses) are all included alongside the pioneers. Metal, Psychedelic Rock, Rock 'n' Roll, Garage Rock, Grunge, Progressive Rock are all covered here along with many others, it does all possible to draw in a range of audiences with a variety of tastes and unities them together in a format which means there will always be something they can relate to in some form or another. Although they mainly stay in the '70s and '80s, they also ensure that they often dedicate little things towards contemporary Rock performers too, but are sure not to go down Q and NME's direction of attempting to discover 'The Next Big Thing' in the music industry.
I've been a reader of 'Classic Rock' for the past two years. I got into it through the influence of my rocker uncle (who plays lead guitar in a pub Rock 'n' Blues band) and having him always tell me to listen to "proper music" as opposed to "that black crap" I tended to listen to prior to that time. Although I did have an interest in Rock/Metal/Grunge etc. prior to this time, reading this has increased my interest in it and allowed me to have more of an understanding of the various phases Rock has gone through.
Although at first it took me a while to get into things (there's a lot to take in for someone for only a slight bit of interest in the music), I found that once I had got into reading large features on acts I liked such as Living Color, Guns 'N' Roses and Aerosmith, it wasn't long before eventually I began widening knowledge by reading up on the likes of Black Sabbath, Metallica and Iron Maiden (who I previously didn't know a single song by) and actually taking an interest in those in the same way that I had with the bands I was more familiar with.
The magazine costs around £5 each and I felt that this was a reasonable price for what you get. The magazine is reasonably lengthy and packs in lots of little features. With each and every issue you'll find either a CD or a DVD free with it. These are typically related to a theme which they may be going for with a certain issue (in the past year or so Metal, Prog Rock and other styles have been given as focused themes for a whole edition). The magazine has interviews with prominent names in the industry - a favourite section being 'Ever Meet Hendrix?', in which big musical stars speak on the megastars they've had the opportunity to meet up with in the past. You'll also get a list of tour dates for any Rock performers (either veterans or more contemporary musicians) and a review section which includes in excess of 100 individual releases each month. Another nice little extra is a poster which comes with the magazine. As the mag is so well-presented with a cardboard cover encasing the thing itself (to reflect the fact that these are collector's items), it's nice to see that that they give you another aesthetically-pleasing feature too in order to just top it all off. Notable ones include when Slash released an all-star album and all the collaborators came together for a photo shoot -which the poster is of; a poster of 50 significant guitars and a list of albums which changed the shape of Rock.
One thing which I felt was a bit of a cheat was that some features of it are lifted from elsewhere. One article I recently read had come from the early nineties and reflected the way they spoke on Hip Hop and its P-Funk sampling at the time. They don't hide this, but don't really make it clear to the reader that this is the case and that it effects how certain sections should be read. This isn't always important, but obviously it was something I picked-up on and may be found elsewhere through some of the other features and takes away from the refreshing feel that the publication has.
As my uncle got me into the magazine, I found it interesting to see that now I've widened my knowledge of these things to the point where I can say I know enough about the music side of things to have some sort of an insight to the type of music he grew up on and the sort of culture which existed at the time. I found it interesting that one time I was shocked by finding that Parliament-Funkadelic was recently featured in the magazine. My uncle had no clue on who they are (as a Funk and Soul band active through the seventies and eighties) and it allowed him to get up on what else was going on in the music world in the time when he was getting really involved with it and what I probably would have been listening to had I been old enough to have done so. The magazine is good like that and manages to do well at covering all areas of what my uncle considers "guitar music" and expects me not to be up on.
This magazine is something I'll continue to purchase monthly as it offers so much to fans of Rock in general. The variety can't really be matched and they ensure that with each edition they manage to find new ways to work with features based on a number of acts who don't tend to release any new music - which few others would be able to match. The mag is entertaining throughout with great writers and features which seem to compel you to read it cover to cover.
I've been a fan of heavy rock and metal music for many years and used to be a regular reader of Metal Hammer magazine.
A couple of years ago i found that a number of my favourite bands who used to feature regularly in the magazine were hardly appearing( if at all).
And that's where Classic Rock magazine comes in to play.
One month i happened to pick up a copy and i haven't missed an issue since.
Among the bands that seemed to have disappeared from Metal Hammer were The Black Crowes, Pearl Jam, etc. And they've found a home in Classic Rock. This is no knock on Metal Hammer as i appreciate that they have a younger audience and trends change, and i still enjoy that magazine as well.
Back to Classic Rock, the magazine has great features each month, often covering a certain field, such as top 100 guitarists and so on.
The reviews section covers a host of different types of rock music including prog, blues, sleaze, etc. There are also good live, dvd, and book review sections.
Alongside the free cd that you get each month the magazine has introduced me to lots of new and old bands and artists that i had never heard before but have since gone on to love.
In summary, if you love your music loud and proud this is the magazine for you!
This is the only magazine that I actually go out of my way to buy - and religiously buy every month. Whats so good about it is they don't judge music by how 'cool' it is and what 'buzz' bands have got. Thats what I hate about NME and Q, they see music from the 60's 70's and 80's as complete rubbish, unless its 'punk' or 'new-wave'.
I happen to love classic rock music, The Eagles, Led Zeppelin, Whitesnake, even 'Ratt', but those former magazines would instantly dismiss a lot of rock music as complete drivel.
Classic Rock has several great sections. An up to date classic rock news section that gives uinformation on new bands and albums and tours. It always has excellent features usually based around a particular genre, for instance a whole issue may be based around Southern Rock.
It's reviews are also very fair, giving time for larger bands whose new albums are out as well as smaller bands just cutting their first records.
Classic Rock also reviews new gigs and has a great adverts section advertising bands who will be playing around the country.
Classic Rock also usually has a free CD or DVD with it, which is great when the magazine usually retails for around £4.50.
Its well worth buying for anybody who loves the classic rock sound of the 70's and 80's and wants to hear new bands with a similar sound. The magazine doesn't only concentrate on heavy rock, you might also get articles on folk-rock and country-rock, as well as death-metal.
Classic Rock is available at most news agents, Smiths always has it in - so go check it out!
Ok, so this magazine has so far only received good reviews on here - this is about to change. They may know their stuff when it comes to classic rock, but why try to write about something they obviously know NOTHING about? To be honest i really think a tabloid newspaper could have made a better attempt at writing their article on the occult in rock/metal. The amount of mistakes was unbelievable - but they were not just grammatical mistakes, but they actually got stuff wrong! I've never seen a magazine be so ignorant. The average reader of Classic Rock may not have noticed the mistakes, but this is even worse because they have been lead to beleive a load of tripe. So what about the other parts of the magazine? Well, the reviews seem fine, and the news section was nice.. but what is the point in buying a magazine when the information contained is in-correct? Many people will believe i am over-reacting, but if i am going to by a magazine, i want it to be informative- not give me a load of rubbish. I'm afraid, even though i am sure this magazine would be enjoyed by many people, i cannot recommend a magazine that insults my intelligence. I cant remember the price so i am just going to guess at £3.50.
For all those aging metal heads out there or the younger ones who prefer a little bit of rebellion over banal moronic dance music, or the Indy depro sound, theres a rock magazine out there that will feed your first for the good old days. Days when men where girls and bullet belts were essential rock fashion. Alas the days of tight jeans on the ladies as well as men has long gone with bands preferring to strum college depressing rock riffs over noise and screeching. Do you long for the days when the lead guitarist would see who could get their balls to touch the floor first doing the splits and a ear piercing riff. Hair everywhere as the boys competed for the groupie’s lipstick. Kerrang was the original mag for metallers in the OR eighties and the Grunge mid nineties. But not the magazine has gone soft for skateboard rock and post prog rock Indy music with the bands with silly pretentious names brigade. A lot of the dinosaur journos from that once great publication of pitched up at the fairly new Classic Rock magazine to try and rehabilitate the world’s greatest and fun genre. Classic rock is in truth for guys over thirty who wont cut their hair and look like an old salt n pepper garden brush. They have waistcoats that don’t fit with equally uncomfortable Levi’s of different starchiness for levels of movement at gigs or concerts. The NEC jean can be fairly taught as know one can see your beer gut in the masses. The tighter denim is reserved for smaller venues for musicians and fans a like who can be lost in the fog of pyrotechiques and real ale. This mag is for hardcore rockers or youngsters ready to move on from the skateboard. Guys and girls getting into or reveling in some of the greatest music ever in the standard. Its catalogued nicely in the all time top one hundred albums of all time in this Christmas edition of classic rock. Number one is of course the mighty Gods Led Zeppelin followe
d by pot smokers of the world unites for The Floyd and The dark side of the Moon. Sabbath get three with Zeppelin back at four. Like girls in Newcastle on the town Saturday night, these guys definitely got fellow band members and roadies to iron their hair. The world’s best rockers ACDC at five (Back in Black, wow) with the more contemporary Mettallica, Guns n Roses and Nirvana freshen things up. Bon Jovi are pops first entry at nine with the great Hendrix just making ten with Electric Ladyland.I think we can safely say that the order is a little out of sink. The rest of the hundred is a mix of new and old brilliant rock with Radiohead somehow sneaking in. To me that sort of stuff is the complete opposite to what metal is all about, (far too serious). If you want that middle class student angst you can f**k of out of it!. Page one is unusual in that its letters. Next chunk is an in depth interview on Roger Waters of Pink Floyd, quite interesting especially after the documentary on BBC2 on the guy from the band who went mad. Briefs on up and coming tour news followed by a classic riffs section, in this case”Stay with me “by the Faces. Where are they Know has been teleported from the Kerrang as we are told all about some Rock dinosaurs who disappeared years ago, probably up their own ass. Or as the movie Spinal Tap put it”That was Spinal Tap, who are currently forsiding in the scrape of a nail file”. A plug for the next big thing followed by the inevitable paragraph on that bizarre world of “prog rock”. A cartoon that resembles Jimmy White Robert Powell, who it clearly isn’t unless they have just joined up with Tangerine Dream. We have a double spread of the year in rock 1973 followed by a lengthy interview with the now weird Richie Blackmore and his weird medieval rock. Theres a rock chart with a mix of new and old selling near Christmas.The excellent Linkin
Park are at number seven so you can see the eclectic mix here in the publication. Some photos for the ladies of cute longhaired guys followed by interviews with the newer skate board rock stuff. Saxon who were the Blacklace of British rock twenty years ago have four pages to flog their latest dross. After the most excellent chart you have tons on new albums and coming tour dates. Star ratings for each CD.Some rock related DVD and video releases are reviewed to. A quick plug on the final pages for their rival in Metal Hammer as the final leaves dissolve into record shop ads and concerts. This is a glossy magazine primarily aimed at older rock fans or the small younger minority looking to escape the banal chart dross or student sounds. Its well set out and well worth getting this month, just for the comprehensive top one hundred album chart. It’s a pretty definitive list of CDs if you want to know the best stuff to get and the review section is good for a rock magazine to. Well worth a look for old rockers and baggy trousered skaters.
I used to buy kerrang many years ago until it slowly moved more into the grunge/thrash arena which wasn't my scene. At that time it was probably the only magazine aimed at the true rock music lover and it was a shame they forgot about the rest... Many years later I had seen the Classic rock magazine but took the title too literally and felt it wouldn't be my thing. Then several friends started mentioning it, and recommending it, so a gave it a trial. I haven't looked back. Excellent coverage of old and new bands. Ratings of past band albums to let all the youngsters know what they have been missing. It made me dust of a few albums which I had forgetten about :-) An In brief section to get a quick grasp of the news while rushing your breakfast coffee. Normal new album reviews. Cover CD of past greats, multimedia and new up and coming bands. This has already got me buying albums of new bands that I wouldn't normally give the time of day to. Beginners Guide to.. , face off special and story behind the album sections (excellent sections) I was even pleased to see Great Whites Gig getting a mention. (I was there. superb band) I'm looking forward to hearing some more David Coverdale when he releases his new solo album. This magazine has now increased the amount of music that I take the time to listen to. subscribe and save yourself some money and a walk to the shops !
Although the title may suggest that it covers only the more mature acts that have dominated the rock genre, nothing could be further from the truth. In fact, there’s a wealth of very well researched articles that relate to a variety of successful (past and present) guitar based acts. I mean, sure, the long established bands (most of which we all know and love) are indeed often featured, but so are our future generations’ potential ‘classic’ acts. Personally, I tend to be more into our treasured bands of yesteryear, some of which have long since split, but I deeply enjoy reading the interviews gleaned from the remaining band members themselves because they are so damn revealing at times. I think the main thing that makes this magazine tick is the fact that its contributors are well seasoned established rock music writers (Mick Wall, Dave Ling, Gerry Ewing etc) and as a consequence the articles never seem to tire. Really, some of the interviews have been phenomenal, often lasting several pages (as a proper interview should!) The magazine itself is packed full of photos (a lot of them shot by Ross Halfin, who’s photos have adorned our bedroom walls for years) and, unlike most magazines, there isn’t a ton of advertisements ruining every other page. One outstanding feature that the magazine does have, often overlooked by the majority of music rags, is that it profiles up and coming bands. Usually, two bands per issue are reviewed in the magazines’ now regular ‘Future Classics’ section and you may want to give ‘em a listen. My favourite regular feature that the mag runs is the ‘Face Off’ section. This is where us readers get the chance to put our questions to that particular months featured guest (this month (August 2000), it’s the elusive ex-Deep Purple guitarist - Richie Blackmore). Other regular features include; *
Detailed album reviews (over SEVENTY albums have been reviewed in this months issue alone!) * Gig Reviews. * Multimedia Reviews. * Free ‘New Releases’ cover CD every issue. Plus all the latest music news and gossip from around the world. To give you a taste of the kind of bands that the magazine covers, I’ve decided to be extra helpful and list the bands that are mentioned in the text on this months contents page, here goes; Ozzy Osbourne/Black Sabbath, Pearl Jam, Steely Dan, Nick Drake, Jimmy Page, The Black Crowes, The Eagles, Bruce Springsteen, Van Halen, Little Feat, Iron Maiden, Edgar Winter, Matchbox Twenty, Richie Blackmore, Metallica, Richard Ashcroft, David Coverdale, Mott the Hoople, David Bowie, Peter Gabriel, Roxy Music, Tommy Bolin, The Buzzcocks, Don Henley, Hawkwind, Scorpions, Billy Bragg & Wilco, Diamond Head, Man, Joe Satriani, Lou Reed, The Cult, AC/DC, Peter Green, Spock’s Beard, Jeff Healy and The Almighty. Also, previous front cover attractions have included; Guns N Roses, Pink Floyd, The Who, Phil Lynott, Led Zeppelin, Aerosmith, Iron Maiden, John Bon Jovi, L.A Rock (Motley Crue etc), Rush and Black Sabbath. So, all in all, if this lot doesn’t whet your appetite, then maybe your (imaginary) friends are right and you really do need help! On the other hand, for you sensible folks, you can have the lot for only £2.95 a month…bargain!