By Grant Alden, Peter Blackstock
From its debut in 1995 as a 32-page quarterly journal to its zenith ten years later as a 180-page bimonthly, No melancholy journal grew from humble beginnings. It turned the main popular e-book protecting American roots song, ranging from the purpose the place nation mixed with rock 'n' roll and tracing the typical bonds via genres that come with bluegrass, people, blues, gospel, soul, jazz, indie, Cajun, conjunto, and past. alongside the way in which, No melancholy became said as one of many best tune magazines ever released, usually in comparison to the Nineteen Sixties origins of Rolling Stone or the Seventies heyday of Creem, receiving awards from the Utne Reader, ASCAP, and the foreign state tune convention, and brought up through the Chicago Tribune in 2004 as one of many nation's best 20 magazines in any classification. In early 2008, No melancholy introduced that its May-June factor, ND #75, will be its finale as a bimonthly journal. To beat back the disappearance of No melancholy in print, the college of Texas Press stepped into the vacuum, arranging for a brand new semiannual ND ''bookazine'' to be released each one fall and spring. the 1st installment--to be known as No melancholy #76, reflecting continuity with the magazine's history--will be issued q4 and should keep it up the publication's culture of remarkable long-form writing approximately significant and influential American roots musicians, in addition to caliber photos and different components all awarded through the image layout imprint of ND artwork director provide Alden. This book/magazine hybrid is largely groundbreaking territory in either one of these publishing worlds. Sharing the editorial imaginative and prescient for the bookazine might be Alden and Peter Blackstock, co-founders of No melancholy and its co-editors from the start. a few of the senior editors and contributing editors who assisted in shaping the voice and tone of the journal will give a contribution to the bookazine, to be able to characteristic solely new content material in each factor: in contrast to ND's prior undertaking with UT Press (2005's the easiest Of No melancholy: Writing approximately American Music), those usually are not anthologies of formerly released works, yet really totally clean creations each six months. if you happen to enjoyed No melancholy journal, this is often the place it lives on, in print.