“A magazine which can actually think for itself – excellent stuff.”
— Tom Hodgkinson
“Art & Music is one of those magazines – The Face, Frieze and the Believer are others that spring to mind – that come along once in a generation and seem to arrive miraculously fully formed. One from the kool skool. No sweat.”
— Gordon Burn
Founded by art writer Gemma de Cruz and music journalist (and Brian Eno biographer), David Sheppard, Art & Music fits happily alongside other hip, iconoclastic cultural magazines such as iD, The Idler, The Wire, Bearded, The Believer et al, while remaining nonetheless, completely unique. The USP is self-explanatory; it’s a journal which appeals to anyone whose taste in popular culture’s is not ghettoized into a single discipline and offers a quality of writing, photography and design more associable with publications three times its price.
Launched in March 2008 as an eye-catching but never gimmicky, fanzine-minded independent quarterly, Art & Music proved an instant success with the cognoscenti of London’s thrumming art world and independent music scenes. After two highly-prized issues it was snapped up by Charles Saatchi who installed it as the in-house magazine for his expansive new west London gallery. Despite the stellar imprimatur, the magazine’s editorial remit remains totally independent and fearlessly original, covering a gamut of feature subjects, from interviews with heavyweight, established names to ‘you-saw-it-here-first’ showcases for emerging talent.
Art & Music Magazine continues today as an online blog and archive of new and historical articles written by the Art & Music pool of independent and fearless writers, artists and bloggers.