What is Rock Candy magazine?
Rock Candy Mag is a 100-page, full-colour bi-monthly rock mag available in glorious print – and a little bit grudgingly in digital format. It covers the sights, sounds and smells from the greatest era ever in hard rock music, the ’70s and ’80s. Maybe we’ll dip our toes into the ’90s once in a while. Depends how we’re feeling. But the mag is proudly, flag-wavingly, unapologetically nostalgic. Why? Because rock’n’roll was better then.
Who’s writing for it?
Respected rock writers who were there at the time and who feel there isn’t anything out there these days that really speaks to them. You want names and the mags they wrote for?
Derek Oliver (Kerrang!)
Howard Johnson (Kerrang!, Metal Hammer, Raw)
Malcolm Dome (Kerrang!, Raw)
Jerry Ewing (Metal Hammer, Prog)
Paul ‘Gooner’ Elliott (Kerrang!, Sounds)
Philip Wilding (Kerrang!)
Mark Blake (Q. Not very metal, but we’ve let him off!)
Paul Suter (Kerrang!)
Xavier Russell (Kerrang!)
Dave ‘Wiggy’ Reynolds (Metal Forces, Kerrang!)
Jason Arnopp (Kerrang!)
No doubt more of the old guard will be making their Rock Candy Mag debuts in the months to come.
How much does Rock Candy Mag cost?
A single issue costs £6.99 and a six-issue subscription gives you a £1 per issue discount, meaning you pay £5.99 per issue. There’s postage and packing on top of that, but we have to pay to deliver the mag to you, and seeing as we’re not a big corporate publishing company we’re afraid we have to pass that cost on.
How often does Rock Candy Mag come out?
Every two months, which might sound a bit weird. But there’s a logic behind it. Given the small staff we have, it takes us all of two months to write, research and produce the high-calibre stuff we insist on for each and every piece that appears in Rock Candy.
Who’s behind the mag?
You mean which magazine publisher? Nobody. Rock Candy Mag is privately funded, which means we can do what we want, when we want. That’s why our first issue features eight pages of Krokus. No regular publisher would let us do that… In fact, no sane person would let us do that.
How can I get hold of Rock Candy Mag?
You can only get Rock Candy Mag mag direct from us via the payment system on this website. You can either buy the current issue for £6.99 or subscribe for a year at a reduced price of £5.99 per issue. You can pay using Paypal or credit/debit card. But if you take out a subscription it really helps us safeguard the mag’s future.
How can I subscribe to Rock Candy Mag?
That’s easy. Just click here. What a wise choice you have made!
How much is postage and packaging?
If you are in the UK, it’s £2 per issue, anywhere else in the world is £5 per issue. We’ve tried to keep it simple, because we are simple folk.
Can I get Rock Candy in the shops?
You can’t. Why? Because we aren’t interested in endlessly writing about the biggest bands and then rotating them on the cover to drive the kind of sales needed to pay exorbitant distribution and retail costs. We think that’s chasing your tail. We’d rather write about all the bands we love believing that we’ll find our audience. Are we right? Time will tell, won’t it?
Can I get the digital version only, and not the print version?
Nope. We believe the whole immersive Rock Candy experience demands the print medium. The world of rock we cover is loud, proud and wildly colourful. We believe only print can do justice to Steven Tyler’s outfits, Poison’s make-up and Rob Halford’s whip. And nobody ever got excited about being on the homepage of a website, did they?
Who’s the editor and how do I speak to him?
Howard Johnson, but everyone knows him as HoJo. He wrote for Kerrang! from its earliest ’80s days, then went on to edit Metal Hammer and Raw. He also worked for Iron Maiden for a while, before becoming the world’s worst press officer at RCA for a (mercifully) short period of time. You can email him at email@example.com – and he promises to reply.
Is Rock Candy mag anything to do with the Rock Candy record label?
Yes it is. Our Big Boss and Master Of Mayhem Derek Oliver founded Rock Candy Records back in 2006, licensing classic rock albums that were often out of print, and which demanded to be heard. Rock Candy Records now has a catalogue of over 300 great rock albums, all re-mastered and re-packaged to Derek’s demanding standards. Have a look for yourself at www.rockcandyrecords.com. Rock Candy Mag is built in the same spirit.
BUT, we’re not just a marketing tool for the label. We pride ourselves on our collective journalistic pedigree developed over many years writing for Kerrang!, Metal Hammer et al. We have total editorial freedom to write about whoever we want, however we want.
How can I buy back issues?
Well hold on there tiger! We’re only on Issue 1. Once we’ve produced issue 2 we’ll have a back issues section on this site, though we’d obviously prefer it if issue 1 sells out!
Why is Rock Candy mag on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram?
We need to use all means possible to get to people who will like what we’re doing. Twitter, Facebook and Instagram don’t cost us anything to put together, advertising-wise, and they really help people find us.
Can I help Rock Candy Mag?
The first thing you can do is subscribe to the mag. We’ll love you for it! But telling all your rock friends about us would be amazing. That can be by word of mouth, via Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, whichever social media you use, really. The more people know about us and buy Rock Candy Mag, the more we’ll be able to bring you the best writing about the ’70s and ’80s rock scene and the best pix to go with it.
How do I get in touch with the writers?
You can email editor HoJo at firstname.lastname@example.org
You can email boss Derek Oliver at email@example.com
You can email rock writing legend Malcolm Dome at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For any other writer, just email email@example.com putting the name of the person you’re trying to reach in the subject field. We’ll make sure your email gets to them.
How can I get in touch about anything else?
If you have an editorial question you can email firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you have a general question you can email email@example.com.
If you have a subscriptions question you can email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Why are there no ads in Rock Candy?
Well if we’re honest, there are a couple of Rock Candy Records ads in Issue 1. But we consider them more like infomercials anyway. We don’t have ads because we can’t afford an ad guy to sell them, and we’d rather fill pages with articles anyway. Will that change? Well we can’t say it won’t, but we aren’t planning on going looking for them.
How do I advertise in Rock Candy Mag?
If you want to propose something we’re happy to listen. After all, it’s not like we’re rolling in money…email us at email@example.com
How do I send material for review?
Email editor HoJo at firstname.lastname@example.org telling him what you’d like us to review and he’ll tell you how best to get it to us. But remember, we’re only interested in material from the glory years. That could be live recordings from the time that haven’t been released before, or vinyl reissues, or DVDs of magical performances. You get the idea…
Can I make suggestions for articles I’d like to see?
Definitely. We may be living in the past, but we love the fact that it’s easy for you to talk to us. Make as many suggestions as you like. And we’ll always give you a personal reply.