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So long, farewell, auf Wiedersehen, goodbye…


So long, farewell, auf Wiedersehen, goodbye…

In May 2013 the last bi-monthly issue of triple j magazine was published sounding a sad and sombre note in the Australian musical landscape. Whilst we won’t be seeing the title on newsagent shelves for a while, the publishers have promised it will return as an annual edition later in the year.

The magazine launched 8 years ago in 2005, initially as a quarterly, and from 2007 was published monthly until being reduced to bi-monthly frequency in August 2012. The magazine brought to its readers the triple j take on music and alternative culture and was a beacon for teenagers in a world of over-commercialised ‘popstar’ magazines.

In it’s 8 year history triple j magazine showcased some of Australia’s and the world’s best musical talent on it’s covers including Daft Punk, Kanye, The Temper Trap, Lana Del Rey, The Grates, Mark Ronson and many more.

Arguably one of the mag’s best covers was in 2011 with man of the moment Gotye, fashioned as the disco ball – front and centre of everyone’s musical universe that year thanks to his ground-breaking hit ‘Somebody that I used to know’.

Poignantly the final issue featured one of triple j radio’s greatest achievement: a look back at 20 years of the Hottest 1000 – a fixture in many Australia Day backyard barbecues and pool parties nationwide. The June/July 2013 issue took a road trip through two decades of movers and shakers, reviewing the genres that mattered, plus the hits and interesting moments from the 20 years of the competition.

As we say farewell to the bi-monthly music bible we can take heart in that it will be back with an ABC Spokesperson confirming “Triple J are always evolving ways we reach our audience and we’re really excited about our next annual hitting the shelves.

I’d say it would be a long shot – but I don’t think Sound-of-Music’s Maria von Trapp will be appearing on the cover…..

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