After months of speculation it came as no surprise that yesterday SPIN magazine announced it had ceased publishing its print edition. In a statement published on Spin.com (see below), the magazine’s new publishers, Buzzmedia, stated that the publication will continue focusing on its digital properties going forward. (That’s code for print is dying, and we weren’t making any money.)
SPIN was founded in 1985 by Bob Guccione, Jr. (see first issue above), son of Penthouse founder/owner Bob Guccione. Established what Guccione, Jr. felt was an answer to Rolling Stone‘s mainstream editorial focus, the early years of SPIN ably documented everything from the post-punk scene to DC go-go music to alt country and the birth of dance culture in America long before RS covered it.
When Guccione’s father pulled his support of the fledgling monthly in 1987, he eventually found new investors. Guccione sold SPIN to Vibe Ventures in 1997, later starting men’s magazine Gear, which published until 2003. Buzzmedia bought the publication in July.
Here’s hoping the future of Spin.com is much better than their ridiculously awful “100 Greatest Guitarists of All-Time” which ranked Skrillex as number 100.
Following the September/October issue, SPIN has halted publication of our print edition to invest more deeply in our digital properties, including SPIN.com, SPIN Play for iPad, and SPIN mobile. SPIN has been a pioneer in music journalism since 1985 and we hope you’ll continue to enjoy our leading editorial, photographic, and multi-media content online. Special arrangements have been made with alternative publishers to fulfill your SPIN print subscription for the remaining term: you will automatically receive your new magazine in the mail, with the option to ask for a full refund. We appreciate your patience during the transition of your subscription.