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Wednesday, April 23, 2008

No Depression Update

posted by on April 23 at 15:48 PM

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While our May-June issue will be our last in bimonthly-magazine form, we’re very happy to announce that we will be teaming up with University of Texas Press to present a semiannual “bookazine.” Envisioned as a sort of hybrid between a book and a magazine, this new No Depression creation will make its debut in the fall. Look for 1 (or “76”, as we’ll dub it, in deference to the magazine’s precedence) in the music-books section of your local bookstore — and also watch this space for upcoming details about ordering subscriptions. (If you’re a current subscriber to the magazine, we’ll soon be sending you a note in the mail regarding the transition.

Some of the details will become clearer as we get further into the process of creating the first edition. Generally speaking, what we envision is that the bookazine will continue to provide a home for our long-form pieces which have less chance of transitioning to the website, where the editorial focus will be on more timely elements such as live reviews, record reviews, and news reports.

Read the full letter after the jump.

As we announced a couple months ago, our May-June issue will be the final print edition of No Depression magazine. However, we have a couple of significant updates for you regarding what’s on the ND horizon.

As noted when we posted the news about the magazine, we’ll be continuing with our website. Hopefully you’ve noticed that we’ve already begun adding fresh content to the site, with our recently-introduced sections for reviews of new releases, reissues, and live shows. We’re also working on a new, enhanced website — and to that end, we’d be interested in hearing what you might want to see on it.
www. nodepression. com

In addition, if you’re not already on our e-mail list, we’d love to have you sign up — you can do so on our homepage, in the upper-right-hand corner (just enter your e-mail address in the box provided there). It’s free, of course, and we’ll be sending our list members occasional perks provided by some of the record labels who have been longtime ND advertisers.

There’s also news on the print front. While our May-June issue will be our last in bimonthly-magazine form, we’re very happy to announce that we will be teaming up with University of Texas Press to present a semiannual “bookazine.” Envisioned as a sort of hybrid between a book and a magazine, this new No Depression creation will make its debut in the fall. Look for 1 (or “76”, as we’ll dub it, in deference to the magazine’s precedence) in the music-books section of your local bookstore — and also watch this space for upcoming details about ordering subscriptions. (If you’re a current subscriber to the magazine, we’ll soon be sending you a note in the mail regarding the transition.

Just as when the magazine started, the bookazine will become principally a hobby for its editors, at least for starters, with the possibility that it may grow into more. In terms of the content and presentation, we’re going into largely uncharted territory here — also much as was the case when we started the magazine.

Some of the details will become clearer as we get further into the process of creating the first edition. Generally speaking, what we envision is that the bookazine will continue to provide a home for our long-form pieces which have less chance of transitioning to the website, where the editorial focus will be on more timely elements such as live reviews, record reviews, and news reports.


We envision these two endeavors complementing each other in a way that allows No Depression to move forward into the new media frontier, both on the web and in print — albeit at a different scale in both realms than we have been in the past.

Meantime, watch your mailboxes and newsstands for ND 75, our bimonthly-magazine finale. We believe it’s one of the very best issues we’ve done in our thirteen years; we’d love to hear your thoughts about it too.

We’ll still be talking about music here at www.nodepression.com — so come on back!


Peter Blackstock
Grant Alden
Kyla Fairchild

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