More than three decades since the publishing of its first issue, Relix Magazine
has secured its place in rock and roll history as its 32-year archive enters into the vaults at The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum in Cleveland.
What began in 1974 as a Grateful Dead
fanzine has since blossomed into one of the most respected and long-lasting music magazines in history. Originally known as Dead Relix, the publication has grown its fan base through expanded coverage of rock and roll music.
The Relix donation to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum further secures a place in the history of rock music and American popular culture for that scene -- and all its players, both major and minor.
The collection features all 190 issues of Relix published to date and reveals the magazine's evolution from a thin, hand-stapled newsletter to a 100-page-plus glossy, augmented by a free CD.
Founded by Les Kippel, Relix was purchased in 2000 by longtime reader and former Wall Street banker Steve Bernstein, who promptly revamped the magazine, scoring rave reviews from readers and even such Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductees as David Crosby.
Under Bernstein's leadership, Relix has served as the foundation for the Zenbu Media group, which includes the world music magazine Global Rhythm, events such as The Jammys and The Green Apple Music & Arts Festival, and two record labels, Relix Classics and Relix Records. Based in New York, the magazine now publishes eight issues a year.
"At Relix, our goal is to report on and support the live music scene," says Relix President/Publisher, and CEO of the Zenbu Media Group, Steve Bernstein. "And, for us, it's a true honor to be a part of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's mission to preserve the legacy of phenomenal musicians and musicianship."
"Relix and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum share a common goal, in that we both have a responsibility to interpret how and where music intersects with our culture," said Terry Stewart, President and CEO of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum. "Relix gives a unique voice to artists who make important music, but don't necessarily rule the charts. Those artists, however, are also part of the larger story and we are happy to have a hand in telling it."