After 80 issues and 13 years, Punk Planet, our favorite independent music magazine, is saying goodbye. In today’s Pitchfork and blog-fueled music community, the sad reality is that “benefit shows are no longer enough to make up for bad distribution deals, disappearing advertisers, and a decreasing audience of subscribers.”
Still, it’s been a great run for the mag:
We’ve sounded many alarms from our editorial offices: about threats of co-optation, big-media emulation, and unseen corporate sponsorship. We’ve also done everything in our power to create a support network for independent media, experiment with revenue streams, and correct the distribution issues that have increasingly plagued independent magazines. But now we’ve come to the impossible decision to stop printing, having sounded all the alarms and reenvisioned all the systems we can.
And the magazine world just got a little bit quieter.