RIP: Lance Monthly & No Depression magazine

Two great publications are calling it a day.. (UPDATE: Lance Monthly is back)

Lance Monthly

After ten years of monthly internet postings, Dick Stewart, publisher of the Lance Monthly decided to cease operations. A supporter of the type of music that the LOUIE REPORT eagerly devours as part it’s regular diet, this internet publication was described as “The Internet Source for ’50s Rockabilly, ’60s Garage Band Music, and Surf and Modern Guitar Instrumentals.” The publication always free, but supported by donations, sales from auxiliary products, and the enthusiasm of a dedicated audience.

The final issue, will feature: Up Close with TLM Editor, Dick Stewart (Lance Monthly’s tenth anniversary; let the hiatus begin); Tenth Anniversary Comments (from TLM’s most ardent fans); Viva Las Vegas Rockabilly Weekender (A report by Sonny West – Rockabilly Weekenders growing in worldwide popularity); A Chat with Tinker Carlen (Was he an original Cricket? – interview conducted by Dick Stewart); Paterson’s Jump, Jive, and Harmonize (Reviews of releases by The Liverpool Five; 3 Balls of Fire); MuzikMan’s The Lance Monthly Album Pick of the Month [“010110001 (Limited Edition)”- Ayreon]

Good luck, with your next venture, Dick. We’re going to miss the Lance Monthly.

No Depression magazine

No Depression, the bimonthly magazine covering a broad range of American roots music since 1995, will bring to an end its regular print publication with its 75th issue in May-June 2008. It’s very sad that this award-winning music magazine is ceasing publication. The Chicago Tribune ranked No Depression #20 in its 2004 list of the nation’s Top 50 magazines of any kind. I really loved this magazine, which covered the alt-country scene, where the actual musicianship was far important than demographics and cheesy music videos. On their website, they wrote about the way they conducted their business:

In the thirteen years since we began plotting and publishing No Depression , we have taken pride not only in the quality of the work we were able to offer our readers, but in the way we insisted upon doing business. We have never inflated our numbers; we have always paid our bills (and, especially, our freelancers) on time. And we have always tried our best to tell the truth.

The reasons for stopping publication are both complicated and painfully simple. You can read all about it at their open letter to the public.

The good news is they will continue as an online community. With the help of University of Texas Press, it looks they will be able publish a semiannual “bookazine” for all of us that love our paper products.

UPDATE: Reports of the Lance Monthly demise turned out to be premature. It’s BACK!

1 comment to RIP: Lance Monthly & No Depression magazine

  • Rondo

    I’m an avid reader of “The Lance Monthly” and I’m happy to see that it’s returned to publication since August 2009.

    No Internet mag covers the current events of the ’50s thru the early ’70s bands than TLM does.

    It’s a free read on


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