As I have decided on doing a music magazine I decided to look more closely at the contents of different music magazines. I have a personal interest in rock music and so decided that this was the genre I would explore along with equipment focused magazines.
Kerrang Magazine is a rock music magazine. It typically has an image of a band or musician on its cover who will feature in the magazine. On the reverse of the magazine it usually shows an ad, in the case of fig.10. This is an ad for Metallica’s upcoming album. The front cover shows what the magazine company views as the most enticing/important articles which feature in this particular issue and even includes small pictures relating to these articles to catch your attention.
The inside of the cover page shown in fig.11. also features an ad and page 3 is the contents page. This is typical for most magazines. In the case of Kerrang the contents page also has a note from a featured guest editor as opposed to the usual editor, as it is a singer from a popular band and as such is a big feature in the magazine. He is also pictured on the contents page. On the right hand side it lists the contents of the magazine with a brief description of each article all divided into categories; news, features, posters, lives, reviews and gigs. This mostly consists of interviews with band members on a variety of topics but also includes band/musician posters, reviews of albums and live performances and upcoming gigs. The contents page also includes the issue number and the date of the issue. Throughout the magazine there is a small number of ads for albums and clothing.
Total Guitar is a guitar and equipment magazine. It typically has either an image of a guitarist or some guitar related equipment on its cover that will feature in the magazine. On the reverse of the magazine it usually shows an ad, in the case of fig.12. this is an ad for Vox amplifiers. As in Kerrang magazine the front cover shows what the magazine company views as the most enticing/important articles which feature in this particular issue, but includes less small pictures relating to these articles than Kerrang. I feel this gives the magazine a cleaner and higher caliber look.
The inside of the cover page shown in fig.13. also features an ad and page 3 is a note from the editor with a brief description of the contents along with a brief note about some of the contributors to the issue. The editor is also pictured on the contents page next to the editors note and there is a portrait shot of each of the contributors. On the left hand side are all of the contributors to the magazine and their roles.
In Total Guitar magazine the contents of the magazine is on pages 4 and 5 as shown in fig.14. The contents is listed with a brief description of each article, again all divided into categories; monitor, features, gear and techniques. This mostly consists of reviews of gear used by popular musicians, reviews of newly released gear, upcoming albums and explanations of different guitar playing techniques. The contents page also includes the issue number and the date of the issue. Throughout the magazine there is a large number of ads for gear such as guitars,pedals,amplifiers and strings along with ads for music shops.
After looking at these magazines I have decided to do a combined version of both a gear and rock music magazine. This will allow me to photograph a larger variety of subjects and give me more freedom for experimentation.