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Fan Mags still relevant

Thu Jun 05, 2003 2:16 pm

For years fanclub magazines were the most important source for our information regarding Elvis. Since the introduction of internet many (maybe too many) Elvissites are on line. I have my own top 5 of sites which vistit almost daily. In the old days we had to wait somethimes 2 a 3 months for we had some news. My point is, how relevant are these mags now to us. Do we still subscribe to the fanclubmags, or are we internet viewers. Once i was subscribed to four mags. These days i still have two of them. It's always a pleasure to read: Elvis the man and his music from England. I receive this mag from issue no:9. As a Dutch fan i'm also subcribed to It's Elvis Time. This is more a costume, after 40 some years this mag is still the biggest Dutch Elvis mag. Although it's not really a gem. Too many shopping pages. The mag itself has a great lay-out. The people behind it are doing their best to make it interesting. But it's not as professional as the Now Dig This mag Elvis the man and his music. Besides some great interviews and pictures aswell as reviews,previews what news do we get from them? I well continue my subscribtion to both of them, because i like to read before sleepin. And that old fanmag format is very suitable for that.


Thu Jun 05, 2003 3:05 pm

I don't think all these fan mags are that relevant. But The Man And His Music is a MUST. I love that magazine! Nice layout, fantastic writers, cool pictures. I wouldn't trade it for all the Elvis sites in the world.

Internet is of course better if you're looking for news, but when it comes to reviews and articles, you can't beat real magazines. I read tons of books and magazines about all kinds of music but I'm not interested in reading about it on the Internet.

Keith Richards, Jr.

Thu Jun 05, 2003 3:39 pm

Philo -

'It's Elvis Time' has to be the most commercial Elvis club in mainland Europe.
As you stated, their mag is more like a doorsign to their shop.

Their fanclub meetings are a disgrace to the Elvis-fan. They ban all other dealers, so the only place to buy your stuff from that day, is owned by them.
It is the only fanclub I know of, that have this policy.

I wrote an article for IET, about two years ago (entitled 'Riding With The Keem'), which was used in one of their latest magazines, about collecting CD's and the relevance of fanclub magazines nowadays (compared to the up-to-date news supplied by the different inernet sources).
My intention was to place a critical note on the evergrowing commercializing of Elvis' name, especially addressed to the IET fanclub.
When the article was finally published they had taken out all these critical notes.

After Ger Rijff and Arno Kemeling (next to Johnny Savage the best reviewer in the Elvis-world!) left the club the magazine lost the reason why many fans (including myself) were members in the first place.

'The Man And His Music': lonely at the top!

Thu Jun 05, 2003 4:09 pm

You took the words right out of my mouth. Wonder how they appeared on the Elvis concerts these days in Holland. They must have been on the best places for free VIPcards i guess. The club is really falling apart since the leavin of Rijff/Kemeling. We all know about Ger, released a new book recently. But i never heard anything about Rockin Keemie. I miss his view on the cd's. Although he sometimes was a bit strange on things.

Thu Jun 05, 2003 4:59 pm

I used to be a member of two clubs that sent the mags, but now i'm just on a local clubs mailing list on the net. And get all the news etc off the net.


Thu Jun 05, 2003 8:11 pm

Hi Bob, ever got the copy of your article? I suddenly remember that you asked for it a long, long time ago.

Agree on It's Elvis Time. They sure knew better times...


Thu Jun 05, 2003 11:13 pm

Sonny -

Your memory serves you right!
Yes indeed, I have seen the article. A member of this Board was kind enough to send it to me.

Philo -

Too bad, Kemeling is no longer active in the collector's world. I still use his "For CD Collectors Only"-guide + supplements quite often as reference. His publications were the first collection of its kind. Written before Peter Baumann's "Elvis On CD" replaced them as the ultimate CD collectors guide.
(Although I must say I can't believe Arno is really no longer active, after many years of dedication)

Thu Jun 05, 2003 11:24 pm

You're right about the CD review books. I have them too. I was unpleasently surprised when there was no follow up issue some years ago. But internet took over that part. I do often look back at these books. The latsest what i heard about Arno is that he is working in van Leest cd specialist, i guess in highplaces.

Fri Jun 06, 2003 12:28 am

Elvis mags like 'The Man & His Music' used to be essential reading, to keep up with the news in the Elvis world.

I used to peruse them & feast on the info !

But with the internet & the 'instant' relaying of hot news items, by the time the mags are printed & distributed, all they can offer is warmed-up left-overs these days.

Sad, :( but true.