Back in July, when Buzzmedia bought up Spin magazine, the online media company announced it would print a September/October issue in late August, but that there wouldn’t be a November/December edition because it was “still determining exactly how print fits in with Spin’s multiple distribution points and growth initiatives.”
Since then, there’s been no announcement about the fate of the 27-year-old magazine, but now it’s official: As The Daily Swarm points out, Spin subscribers are receiving the current issue of Car and Driver with letters advising them that Spin “ceased publication” after that September/October issue, and that they’ll now receive Car & Driver for the duration of their subscription.
While Spin lives on as a robust web publication, it’s an unceremonious end for the magazine that, in the late ’80s, chronicled the rise of college rock and the indie underground — from American heroes The Replacements, Hüsker Dü and R.E.M. to Brit imports such as The Cure and Morrissey — and bravely covered the AIDS epidemic and bashed the PMRC’s war on music.
If you’d like to reacquaint yourself with Spin’s great late-’80s music coverage, check out the collection of links we assembled in 2010 when the magazine was added to Google Books.