The Pitchfork Review was a quarterly magazine by Pitchfork that showcased “the best in long-form music writing, photography, design and comics”. But no more…
According to SPIN, numerous former Pitchfork employees have revealed that the 11th and latest issue will be the magazine’s last. The magazine was launched in 2013 as an extra showcase of the influential Pitchfork websites music content and images.
Pitchfork was acquired by Condé Nast in 2015 for an undisclosed sum and it’s not yet clear whether the magazine’s closure was an administrative choice by Condé Nast or a financial necessity. According to SPIN the former employees who “confirmed the news” didn’t speculate on why the publication was being ended.
The magazine’s end seems to have been a quiet one, assuming it’s true, as there is no official statement yet and multiple Pitchfork editors, a Condé Nast spokesperson and Pitchfork Media founder Ryan Schreiber were not available or refused to comment. Back in 2015 when Condé Nast purchased Pitchfork Media their chief digital officer, Fred Santarpia, confirmed that The Pitchfork Review would continue.
The Pitchfork Review was released quarterly and sold at various bookstores and shops around the US. November 2016’s issue is now assumed to be the last ever Pitchfork Review and features M.I.A. on the cover and a political focus throughout (assumably due to it’s time relation to the presidential elections). That particular issue was nominated for a National Magazine Award for it’s design this year.
According to SPIN the website for The Pitchfork Review removed it’s subscribe button which was prominent up until October, allowing only the purchase of individual magazines. SPIN also noted that earlier in the month the Pitchfork Review website redirected to an error page, before reappearing after they notified a Condé Nast representative.
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