Punk Planet Magazine Dead in the Water


The gutting of independent publishing and news media doesn’t show signs of letting up.

Punk Planet in June announced that after 13 years and 80 issues, its final magazine issue was being sent out.

Staff blamed the internet, consumerism, bad distribution deals, and a stagnating independent music business for the demise of their publication.

The Chicago-based Punk Planet magazine and its online component punkplanet.com covers punk music, punk subculture, visual arts, and progressive issues such as media criticism, feminism, and labor issues through interviews, essays and album reviews.

Independents’ Day Media, a small community-supported journalism project, has been publishing Punk Planet, as well as their own line of books and a skateboarding magazine called Bail.

The group will continue to publish fiction and nonfiction books on poster art, punk “rabble-rousers,” inner-city organizing, and personal tragedy online and its website will continue to function as a social networking location for “independently minded folks.”

Over here at Mother Jones, we’re paying close attention to the struggles facing news media and indie publishing. For more info, see here, here, here, and here.

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