Rock Candy Magazine – Issue #1 (Book review)

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Reviewed: July 2017
Released: 2017, Rock Candy
Rating: 4.5/5
Reviewer: JP



We don’t usually review magazines or periodicals here at because of their temporal nature. By that I mean magazines age very quickly and are seen as a disposable commodity. That is a shame that many people feel that way because over time old newspapers and magazines become important historical documents. Who wouldn’t want to own a copy of Kerrang or Metal Hammer #1? I enjoy flipping through my dusty old stack of magazines too! So, once in a while a new magazine will come out and I will review the first issue to let our readership know that there is a new magazine on the stands and hopefully the fans will check it out or even subscribe.

In this digital day and age, there are not many publishers brave or foolhardy enough to launch a new paper magazine but once in awhile, one will surface and over the years we have reviewed the premier issues of Heavy Metal Artwork, Chips And Beer, Chromium Dioxide and others. Now, we turn our attention to the premier issue of the just released (as of April/May 2107) magazine called Rock Candy. Issue #2 is already on the racks as well.

Rock Candy harkens back to the golden-age of British Hard Rock and Heavy Metal journalism in all it’s glory. This magazine looks and feels great. 100 pages on thick, glossy paper. High quality printing, the smell of the ink, it takes me back! No expense was spared in the presentation and production of this magazine. It is nicely laid out and well designed, not too cluttered, easy to digest.
Who makes the cover of issue #1? Def Leppard! In a decade when there are 120 issues, that will make for some interesting trivia, for this soon to be cherished collectible. Rock Candy has a very set purpose and goal, namely, to revive the classic traditions of British Rock journalism. To achieve that goal, they have recruited such names as Derek Oliver, Dave Reynolds, Jerry Ewing, Steffan Chirazi, Malcolm Dome, Howard Johnson and many more. Oliver owns it and Johnson is the Editor. The magazine focuses strictly on the late 70’s, 80’s and maybe the occasional dip into the early 90’s. Rock Candy has it all, news, views, interviews, and reviews and more. I enjoyed reading about each and every artist who include Rush, Aerosmith, Warrant, Def Leppard, Girl, AC/DC, Saxon, Dream Theater, Molly Hatchet, Krokus and more. Included are a crossword, CD reviews, play-lists, spotlights and features for hours of reading. There is a relaxed sense of fun that oozes from the pens of these veteran rock scribes they no longer have anything to prove and this is a labour of love and a love letter to the past.

My only very minor reservation is that, at times, it does come across as a bit of an extended advert for Rock Candy Records, the retro record label. The main people behind the label are the same fine folks who put together this mag. That is quite acceptable because it is a very cool reissue label so the more exposure they get, the better, to help keep those hard rocking gems on CD and in circulation. Besides they are not actually hiding the fact that the two organizations are closely linked, avoiding the perception of some sort of conflict of interest scenario.

ROCK CANDY with the clever tagline ‘Hard, Sweet and Sticky’ is sure to please the intended audience and with any luck introduce a whole new younger audience to a taste of what it was like back in the 80’s when magazines of this caliber were far more common and important. If just a fraction of the hundreds of thousands who used to buy the classic era rock magazines subscribe to Rock Candy, this magazine will have a long and successful run.

PS. Don’t think you can save a few quid and just go get it for free online, (aka stealing) it won’t be there! Hard copies forever! Only print is real. Subscribe today!

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