Music Express (magazine)

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Music Express
Editor Various
Categories Music magazine
Frequency Monthly
Publisher Conny J. Kunz (1978-1990)
Keith Sharp (1990-1992)
First issue October 1976
Final issue
December 1996
Vol. 17, no. 178
Company Rock Express Communications
Country Canada
Language English
ISSN 0848-9645

Music Express (abbreviated ME on later covers) is a Canadian music magazine. [1] Published as a print magazine from 1976 to 1996, it ceased operations that year but has since been relaunched as an online magazine. [2]

An online magazine is a magazine published on the Internet, through bulletin board systems and other forms of public computer networks. One of the first magazines to convert from a print magazine format to being online only was the computer magazine Datamation.


History and profile

Founded in 1976 as Alberta Music Express by Keith Sharp, [1] it was renamed Music Express in 1978 for most of its run, [1] also becoming Rock Express for the duration of 1986 to 1988. [1] Initially published in a tabloid format, it adopted the magazine format in 1982. [1] Music Express primarily covered rock and pop music, with a focus on Canadian music; during the 1980s, its distribution expanded to the United States, with a corresponding U.S. edition produced. [1] It was distributed via exclusive deals with various record store chains, including Kelly's Records in Western Canada and A&A Records in Eastern Canada. [3]

Tabloid (newspaper format) type of newspaper format

A tabloid is a newspaper with a compact page size smaller than broadsheet. There is no standard size for this newspaper format.

A&A Records former Canadian record store chain

A&A Records was a Canadian record store chain, which filed for bankruptcy in 1993. Prior to the expansion of Sam the Record Man in the early 1960s, A&A was the dominant record store chain in Canada. It was acquired by CBS Records after it lost the dominant market position to the Sam's chain, but was reacquired by a Toronto investment group in 1981.

Losing its distribution companies in the 1990s, [3] the magazine was renamed Impact in 1993, finally ending in 1996. [1] Meanwhile, Sharp founded the music and lifestyle magazine ACCESS in 1994, which continues today. [1]

In 2012, Sharp relaunched Music Express in its current online magazine format. [2] Sharp published Music Express: The Rise, Fall & Resurrection of Canada's Music Magazine, a book about the magazine's history, with Dundurn Press in April 2014. The book also featured a foreword by Alan Frew, the lead singer of Canadian rock band Glass Tiger.

Dundurn Press is one of the largest Canadian-owned book publishing company of adult and children's fiction and non-fiction. The company publishes Canadian literature, history, biography, politics and arts. Dundurn has about 2500 books in print, and averages around one hundred new titles each year. Dundurn Press was established in 1972 by Kirk Howard, In 2009, Dundurn forged a co-publishing partnership with the Ontario Genealogical Society, and in 2011, Dundurn purchased Napoleon & Company and Blue Butterfly Books. In 2013, Dundurn acquired Thomas Allen Publishers, the publishing branch of Thomas Allen & Son Limited.

Alan Frew musician

Alan Graham Frew is the lead singer for the Canadian band, Glass Tiger, and has also released three solo albums. He has appeared on many television specials, raises money for various causes and continues to perform around Canada as a solo artist, and as the lead singer for Glass Tiger. He was born in 1956 in Coatbridge, Scotland.

Glass Tiger Canadian rock band

Glass Tiger is a Grammy-nominated Canadian rock band from Newmarket, Ontario that formed in 1983. The band has released three studio albums. Its 1986 debut album, The Thin Red Line, went quadruple platinum in Canada and gold in the United States. Two singles from that album, "Don't Forget Me " and "Someday", reached the U.S. Top 10.

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