Friday, 28 March 2008
Country Gazette magazine, which has promoted country music and bluegrass in the Netherlands and elsewhere in Europe for the past thirty-five years, will cease publication with the next issue. The owners and moving spirits of CG are Hans and Jannie van Dam, who will be retiring.
Award-winning US bluegrass writer and photographer Stephanie P. Ledgin, who is the elected Print Media/Education representative on the board of the IBMA, says:
Country Gazette was one of the first non-US magazines I recall absorbing as a bluegrass newbie in the mid-1970s and early 1980s. It goes without saying that it has been vital in establishing and furthering the worldwide presence of bluegrass and country music.
This latest folding of a print publication (no matter the reason) reinforces for me... that... it is critical that we pay attention to the very rapidly changing face of how media functions and delivers in the 21st century and how it impacts our music and dissemination of information... And I'll say in closing a very huge thanks to the van Dams for giving us Country Gazette for so many years, and I wish them all the best.