oooh matron! Johnny Lydon on the cover of Vive Le Rock
oooh matron! Johnny Lydon on the cover of Vive Le Rock

oooh matron! Johnny Lydon on the cover of Vive Le Rock
oooh matron! Johnny Lydon on the cover of Vive Le Rock

There are not many punk rock magazines out there…Vive Le Rock is the best written and most in depth we can think of. Started a year ago by the people from Big Cheese it’s boomed into an unlikely hit.

This months issue has great features on Public Image Limited, the Stranglers, Bow Wow Wow, The Chameleons, the Skints and many others- well worth the read- track it down in the newsagent or order online.

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Award winning journalist and boss of Louder Than War. In a 30 year music writing career, John was the first to write about bands such as Stone Roses and Nirvana and has several best selling music books to his name. He constantly tours the world with Goldblade and the Membranes playing gigs or doing spoken word and speaking at music conferences.


    • Failsafe is the best punk mag/ fanzine, if you’re lucky enough to be able to find a copy (comes out twice a year). It overs all the UK82 punk bands / US hardcore and has great interviews with all the real punk survivors. Printed in Nottingham.

    • I have to agree with this comment after reading this magazine for about 2 years now. I won’t go in great detail about what is good and what’s bad about it –the magazine itself just needs a great deal of improvement. Cmon people, I’m saying this purely as constructive criticism too so I don’t want to hear any backlash about my personal opinions.

  1. In more detail firstly I would like to say whats good about Vive Le Rock – Alex Ogg is a damn fine writer and always a joy to read – but apart from Rich Deakin the rest of it is poor fare indeed.

    And don’t say “Geno” is a “lost classic” it was a number one ffs! I suppose “She Loves You” is a lost classic too.

    The “interviews” are hardly more investigative and enlightening than an Alan Titchmarsh grilling (sic) and even after a year to improve the reviews section is a poorly written shambles on the whole aimed at publicising product not informing the reader.

    One (quite well known) writer who will remain nameless constantly drops names and bigs up his status as rock’s biggest hanger on regardless of what he’s meant to be writing about which is. I would much rather read Colin B Morgan or Ged Babey on here than one more word out of him. And as for the PIL article, not one new word from Mr Lydon and he’s on the bloody cover!

    If you compare VLR to the wonderful “Shindig” yes they’re about different genres but the love, enthusiasm and knowledge Shindig crew shines through and puts VLR well in the shade.

    I hate to be so negative but the claim made by this blog is way off the mark.

    • a wise man said it best when asked about Vive Le Rock, when he said (and I’ve got the copyright on this so they can’t use it on the cover)


  2. i agree with some of the above comments as at first i thought this mag was really good simply because it wrote about bands i liked/had heard of. As time has gone on though i think the mag has got worse, i totally agree with what was said about the nature of the reviews, yes they are totally uncritical and full of cliches, i get the impression that some of the writers don’t really know what they are talking about.Another thing that grates slightly is this absurd ‘one big happy family of punk’ vibe that seems to come across. This is funny as anybody remotely familiar with ‘punk’ and its 57 varieties will know that this is far from the case. I think the non-punk articles are very tokenistic, its as if somebody who themselves doesn’t really know much about the subject is telling others who probably know nothing about how it is acceptable to like whoever/whatever it happens to be.Incidentally, in my opinion the latest issue is the worst yet.

  3. Sad to read some of the comments above. I contribute to it and thoroughly enjoy writing for and reading it though I’m sure the editor will take the feedback positively. I’m pleased to say that it seems the criticism doesn’t appear to be universal as I’m told the title is doing very well.


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