Circus (magazine)

Circus (magazine)
Editor Gerald Rothberg
Categories Music
Frequency monthly
First issue 1966
Final issue
— Number
May 2006
Country  United States
Language English
Website none

Circus was a monthly American magazine devoted to rock music. It was published from 1966 to 2006. In its heyday the magazine had a full-time editorial staff that included some of the biggest names in rock journalism, including Paul Nelson, David Fricke, and Kurt Loder, and rivaled Rolling Stone in sales and surpassed Creem.

Gerald Rothberg originally put together the magazine under the name Hullabaloo in 1966, before changing the name to Circus in 1968. Since then he has been the publisher and editor-in-chief of the magazine. In its early years it covered hard rock acts like The Doors and Grand Funk Railroad. Later, Circus began to cater to teenage boys focusing mainly on the popular rock acts of the time. In the late 1970s, the magazine started focusing on pop culture as a weekly in the vein of People Magazine, which caused a drop in sales. The magazine shifted to Heavy Metal acts in the early 1980s, then focusing on glam metal groups like Bon Jovi and Def Leppard in the mid-to-late 1980s. Until the arrival of grunge, Circus prospered in this style. When grunge did arrive, however, the magazine lost focus and sales again dropped.

As the 1990s progressed, Rothberg changed the longtime design and logo of the magazine, pared the staff down to a bare minimum, and started using stories from freelancers. It was during this period that the magazine was attacked in the Guns n' Roses song Get in the Ring.

Before the magazine was shut down in 2006, Circus covered contemporary heavy metal, competing against magazines like Hit Parader.

External links

Wikimedia Foundation. 2010.

Look at other dictionaries:

  • Circus (disambiguation) — Contents 1 In music 2 In film 3 In television 4 In literatu …   Wikipedia

  • Circus (Britney Spears album) — Circus Studio album by Britney Spears Released November 28, 2008 ( …   Wikipedia

  • Circus (Britney Spears) — Circus Album par Britney Spears Enregistrement mai à octobre 2008 Genre(s) Pop R B Dance Producteur(s) Rodney Darkchild Jerkins Fernando Garibay, The Outsyders J.R. Rotem, Keri Hilson, Sean Garre …   Wikipédia en Français

  • Circus Smirkus — Origin Circus name Circus Smirkus Big Top Tour Country …   Wikipedia

  • CiRcuS — (Clockwise from top) Ely Buendia, Marcus Adoro, Buddy Zabala and Raimund Marasigan Studio album by The Eraserheads …   Wikipedia

  • Circus Fists — Author Robert E. Howard Country United States Language English Series Sailor Steve Costigan …   Wikipedia

  • Circus (álbum de Britney Spears) — Para otros usos de este término, véase Circus. Circus Álbum de estudio de Britney Spears Publicación …   Wikipedia Español

  • Circus clown — A whiteface circus clown (1907) Clowns have always been an integral part of the circus, offering a source of amusement for patrons and providing relief from the array of animal acts and performances by acrobats and novelty artistes. Clowns have… …   Wikipedia

  • Circus — This article is about the event. For other uses, see Circus (disambiguation). 3 ring circus redirects here. For the Martin and Lewis film, see 3 Ring Circus. Circus Advertisement for the Barnum Bailey Circus, 1900 …   Wikipedia

  • Circus (album de Britney Spears) — Pour les articles homonymes, voir Circus. Circus Album par Britney Spears Sortie …   Wikipédia en Français

Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”

We are using cookies for the best presentation of our site. Continuing to use this site, you agree with this.