Classic Rock (magazine)

Classic Rock
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Issue 257
EditorEditor: Siân Llewellyn
Art Editor: Darrel Mayhew
Production Editor: Paul Henderson
Reviews Editor: Ian Fortnam
Features Editor: Polly Glass
Online Editor: Fraser Lewry
News/Live Editor: Dave Ling
CategoriesMusic magazine
FrequencyMonthly
PublisherFuture
Total circulation
(December 2012)
56,714[1]
Year founded1998
CountryUnited Kingdom
LanguageEnglish
Websitewww.classicrockmagazine.com
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Classic Rock is a British magazine dedicated to rock music, published by Future, who are also responsible for its "sister" publications Metal Hammer and Prog magazine. Although firmly focusing on key bands from the 1960s through early 1990s, it also includes articles and reviews of contemporary and upcoming artists it deems worthy of note. Despite starting as an on-off project it became one of the UK's best selling music magazines.[2] In September 2010 it published its 150th issue.

Former owner TeamRock bought Metal Hammer, Prog and Classic Rock from Future in 2013.[3] On 19 December 2016, TeamRock called in the administrators with the loss of 73 jobs, after experiencing financial difficulties, and suspended publication of all three titles.[4] On 8 January 2017, Classic Rock, along with sister magazines Metal Hammer and Prog, were bought by previous owners Future Publishing for £800,000, and resumed publishing.[5]

On 27 March 2018, the family of Future's UK consumer music magazines including Classic Rock re-branded and became covered under the umbrella title of Louder (also known as Louder Sound), with loudersound.com serving as the main online portal for the publications.[6]

Key acts

The magazine focuses on established bands with credentials dating back to the 1960s. Indeed, many of the artists who have appeared on its cover are deceased (Jimi Hendrix and Phil Lynott of Thin Lizzy featured on early covers, as did bands with deceased members such as Queen and The Who).

Acts to have appeared on the front cover three times or more to date include Queen, Guns N' Roses, Black Sabbath / Ozzy Osbourne, Bon Jovi, Iron Maiden, Aerosmith, Led Zeppelin (Jimmy Page has been on the cover on his own right at least 4 times), Metallica, Thin Lizzy, Pink Floyd, Jimi Hendrix, Genesis, AC/DC, and Mötley Crüe. More recent acts to have been on the cover include The Darkness and Velvet Revolver have been on it twice.

Despite the dominating nature of acts undeniably falling into the category of classic rock, the magazine also includes heavy metal, progressive rock, blues and grunge acts.

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