The Word music magazine to close


Respected music magazine The Word is to close after nine years.

Publishers of the title blamed the "dramatic changes in the media and the music business" which have made it difficult for independent publications to survive.

The magazine sold around 25,000 copies a month and championed many cult and maverick musicians as well as classic acts, to build a loyal fanbase, as well as having a lively website messageboard and weekly podcast. Cover stars have included John Martyn, Nick Cave, Kate Bush, Bruce Springsteen and Leonard Cohen.

It was set up by David Hepworth and Mark Ellen, the team who led the now-closed pop magazine Smash Hits during its golden days 30 years ago.

Editorial director Mr Hepworth said the August edition - out in July - would be the last.

In a message posted on the magazine's website, he said: "In the nine years since the magazine launched there have been dramatic changes in the media and the music business.

"These changes have made it more difficult for a small independent magazine to survive and provide its staff with a living."

He thanked readers, adding: "Your heartfelt involvement with the magazine - via its pages, its website, its events and its podcasts - have made the last nine years one of the most satisfying periods of our working lives."

The magazine began life as Word magazine, later adding "The" to its title.