By Peter Lindblad
Big changes are in the offing for the new and improved Goldmine, starting with the May 7 issue.
What does that mean for you, the reader? It means you’re going to get more ... lots more.
More as in more pages. More as in more color. More as in more features and photos. More as in more reviews.
In the #775 issue of Goldmine, we told you about some of the plans to remake the magazine and improve our content. This time around, we’ll get into more specifics.
As we talked about last issue, with more pages, we’ll be able to add new content. Toward that end, in recent months, we’ve been adding new columns to provide you a well-rounded reading experience.
One of those new columns is a bit of a throwback — that is, High Fidelity. Getting the optimum sound from our records is something all record collectors want. Audiophile expert Todd Whitesel, a former Goldmine editorial staffer who handled a similar column for us in the past, has been sharing his expert knowledge of stereo systems and components with readers for a number of months now and High Fidelity will continue with the new Goldmine.
Then there’s Beyond Vinyl. This is a column we started within the last year to explore the world of music memorabilia and give you the advice you need to be an informed collector. Industry insiders from such places as Backstage Auctions and Heritage Auction Galleries will share their expertise and help you not only figure out the right price for what you want to buy, but also how to make memorabilia collecting more enjoyable.
Other new features Goldmine has initiated recently include: 10 Albums That Changed Your Life; Where Are They Now?; Sounding Off; and For The Record.
Where Are They Now? is one of Goldmine’s most recent additions. In it, we track down some of your favorite artists from the past and find out what they’re up to these days. The news may surprise you.
10 Albums That Changed Your Life gives great artists from today and yesterday the chance to share with you what records influenced their music. Here’s a sampling of some of the artists who’ve participated recently: Ian Anderson of Jethro Tull; Dave Davies of The Kinks; and Def Leppard’s Phil Collen. Future issues will feature lists from Carmine Appice (Vanilla Fudge, Cactus and Beck, Bogert & Appice, among others) and Rich Williams of Kansas.
For The Record has been a very popular recent addition to the Goldmine lineup. In it, we get up-close and personal with owners of some of the most beloved record stores around the country as they reveal their thoughts on the state of the music industry and some interesting stories of customers, both famous and not-so-famous, who have shopped at their stores.
And now we come to the part where you, the people, get to voice your opinion. Sounding Off is a new column that allows you to express your views on whatever irks you or even share with readers a brush with fame you once had. Two recent columns touched on common problems with concert DVDs. And one reader shared his experience with Kansas as the band tried to find its way back to the highway after a concert years ago. So, please, send us your Sounding Off submissions.
And lastly, as we indicated in the last issue, Album Art, the column that tells the story of how great LP covers were made, will return.
Information for collectors
Two of the most popular destinations for readers in Goldmine have been the Market Watch and Sound Advice segments.
In Sound Advice, veteran Goldmine contributor Dave Thompson has been answering questions from readers about the value of records they’ve acquired over the years. With the new Goldmine, we hope to expand the department to answer more of your questions, so that you can buy or sell records with confidence and utilize the best advice possible.
Market Watch has been a longtime favorite among Goldmine readers. It’s always fun to see what rare records sell for and dream that you, too, might have that highly-sought-after piece that someone will pay thousands for.
So, what else is in store for you with the new Goldmine?
Well, you’ll be happy to know that a lot of the things that have made Goldmine so special over the years won’t be going anywhere. We’ll still offer the same great writing, informative reviews and great photography, both vintage and from today.
Now, however, you’ll just be getting more of it, and we’re going to involve you more with the magazine you’ve always loved.