Does anybody subscribe to Modern Drummer?


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I subscribed back in the 70's and then started up again around 2000 and still receive it to this day. Some articles I read that interest me might be a certain drummer article, new gear reviews, memorials to drummers who have passed on. For around $30.00 a year I think it's worth it. There are lots of practice ideas and tips in every issue but I never really sit down and use them, great for younger guys coming up that have the time to practice.


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Hot-shot newbies are hot shots by who's standards? That's my point. There not hot shots to me if I've never heard of their band. The people who are hot shots to me aren't necessarily selling enough records to get magazine attention. it's very subjective.
I meant drummers who are bubbling-under, not yet on the world's radar, but where there's some interest in them. There are many such names that surface here, and could be of interest as a modern drummer, if that's still the publication's ethic. Not as a cover story, but maybe a small article a la the old Up & Coming section they used to have (I don't know the current version of that.)



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I subscribed from about 1988 to about 1996, during my formative drumming years, and when I didn't have much mobility, local music stores, or the internet. I bought my Yamaha Stage Custom basically on their recommendation (it came in #2 in an entry-level kit shootout, but I liked the hardware much better than Tama's). My interest in MD has waxed and waned over the years, but I still pick up a copy every now and againm, especially for long airplane rides.

Vintage Old School

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I subscribed to MD from the 70's through the 90's and then took a break.
My family started picking up subscriptions to Modern Drummer, Drum!
Drumhead and about 3 years ago for me as birthday gifts. I still pick up
an occasional Rhythm issue here and there based on specific features.

I prefer reading a physical hardcopy over a digital copy any day of the week.
Just feels normal to have something in hand that I can flip through the pages.
Any time I travel or have a meeting or appointment I throw select issues in my
backpack to catch up on my reading.

All back issues are archived in our family library. I typically refer to back issues
for specific equipment and manufacturers. Even though I lean heavily on the
internet for research, there is still a vacuum on the net for many articles,
interviews and items from the 60's through the 80s.


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There used to only be one place in town who carried them, and I'd go buy one a year or so. After I got married, I subscribed for a little while then quit because I lost interest in drumming there for a while. Whenever I got back into drummer, well the internet was around.

And to be totally transparent, I enjoy what everyone else has to say on this drum forum MUCH MORE than I ever did what a superstar had to say. I mean, of course Johnny-Hot-Right-Now is going to gush about how awesome the guys at Pearl/Tama/Premier/etc. are and how much they support their artists. Don't get me wrong, I enjoy interviews with drummers and I watch more than my fair share on YouTube. However, you guys are more in the "real world," and will realistically talk about the good, the bad, and the ugly when it comes to drum gear.

I may resubscribe after my subscription to Musician's Friend runs out. :)


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I used to buy an issue if I was in my local drum shop back in the 80's and 90's, when I was a teenager / early 20's, and like some others have said, pre internet. It's how I discovered the big names of drums - Bozzio, Weckl, Gadd, Porcaro. And whomever the metal drummer of the week was. lol. Loved the ads for new stuff, and I did discover some cool bands from the album reviews. My favorite bit used to be the little schematics that would break down the players kits, listing all the cymbals and drums and knicknacks.

Then after 2 years, you start to realise they are still just talking about the same 12 drummers every year, and as the internet became a thing I could see the ads for new gear right away and stopped buying.

Nowadays, I'll buy a few digital issues of Drum! or Rhythm, when they have back issue sales for 2 bucks an issue, but sometimes I don't even read them all. I do really miss having a physical magazine, to pick up and thumb through though. Makes me all nostalgic.


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I have had subscriptions to Modern Drummer, Drum!, Not So Modern Drummer, and Traps in the past. Now I buy a drum magazine four or five times a year. Peace and goodwill.


Gold Member
I used to a long time ago. When it lapsed, I didn't renew.

Last week I purchased a subscription to Drum!


Silver Member
Had a subscription from '85-95 when I was a teenager/mid 20-'s and drumming was really in the forefront of my desires.
Loved the articles, reviews, exercises and interviews they had and read it cover to cover.

Then by the late 90's, I started to see how the ratio of ads to articles was REALLY unbalanced and I let it lapse. I still have some issues from "back in the day" that I refer to from time to time, but haven't pulled the trigger on a renewal.
Sometimes I'll pick up an issue if the cover artist is one I know or the article is about something I like.

We have a book and music exchange place here in town and I can get issues from WAY back. They always have an issue from the mid 80's that I somehow missed and it's great to see the ads from that time.
A drum-themed walk down memory lane. :)


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Let my longtime MD subscription expire a year or two ago for the following reasons:

1. Dishonest Reviews: The "reviews" are nothing more than additional advertising. I understand that the magazine depends upon advertising but if you're going to review a product, do so in an unbiased manner. Otherwise you have zero credibility.

2. Formulaic Artist Interviews: Each article reads like the previous one. Simply pull up the article template, change the name of the drummer, insert a couple of bits tailored to the subject of the interview (upcoming album or tour, etc.) and you're good to go. No creativity.

3. Lack of good content: I actually like to see the ads to keep up with new products. There is a limit though to how many ads. Give us a bit of worthwhile content, please.

Don't really miss the mag.
I was a subscriber to MD from about 1987 to 2000 and loved it. I stopped for a while for various reasons--nothing major--but renewed about two years ago and I enjoy reading it--maybe not the wonder of an internet-less 80's teenager--but more as an older drum geek.

While I'm at it - I want to very(!!) respectfully disagree with Steady Pocket's characterization that Modern Drummer's reviews are dishonest. I think we can all agree that they're in business to make money--and it's a dying business at that. So to include negative reviews on gear would be like shooting themselves in the foot (or pocketbook) when it comes to future advertisements. Whether or not you and I like agree with that notion, if its true, is irrelevant to what they need to do business-wise in order to survive. Again, even if it were true - it could also be the case that maybe some of the albums, books, and drum gear, etc. we DON'T read about is done for a reason - they would have to give that gear a negative review and there are only so many pages that they can realistically fill?

And one last thing on this -- it's also not a true statement - they do on occasion give negative reviews. You have no further to look than THIS MONTH's ISSUE (02/2018) where you can read Adam Bodfsky's review of a book that came out on John Bonham.

Here's a quote from the beginning of the review:
"In one bizarre passage, Popoff supports his expertise on the book’s subject in part by claiming that he’s written more record reviews than any other writer in history, and that he’s in fact going for the Guinness record in that regard. Two paragraphs later, he gripes about an abundance of existing journalism covering Zeppelin as a live act with this comment: “Zzz.” (Boo, and…huh?) Before all that, though, in a meaningless aside, he trashes the Beatles. (Ooh, and them’s fightin’ words!)"
And this is just a sample.


Gold Member
I'm a subscriber and I look forward to, and read, every issue. Sometimes the articles aren't much of interest and I skip them but overall they do put out some good content, not to mention the Modern Drummer podcast which often goes into the articles deeper.

For me though the best drum publication currently is Drumhead. Love that magazine and each issue is packed. Takes me a while to get through each one - which I love about them.

Sometimes I can finish a Modern Drummer issue quite quickly, Drumhead not in the slightest.


Platinum Member
Check out the Modern Drummer podcast.. It's a great way to kill time while driving. It's hosted By Mike Dawson (managing editor of MD), and Mike Johnston.

It's also free


Senior Member
I subscribed to MD around 1988 and I decided not to renew my subscription just last year. I still have all the issues I got through my subscription, and sometimes I pick up and go through old ones with a real pleasure.

Why did I not renew the subscription? Well, mainly because the magazine was becoming quite repetitive and because today there are so many online information sources dedicated to music and drumming (including the MD site ...). When I first subscribed it was not that easy, at least where I lived (Switzerland) to find good information about drums and drumming, and for many years I really waited for any new MD issue with impatience!

There could be a lot to say about specialised magazines that are heavily financed through advertising, but maybe this is not the right place to start such a discussion. That said, I recognise that for many years I really enjoyed reading MD, and it took me a long time to decide not to renew my subscription ...

(P.S.: concerning advertising, there could also be quite a lot to say about free advertising provided by forum users ...)
Not read it since the late 80s. Good mag back in the day.
I think I still have the editions with Al Foster on the cover, and the one with Terry Bozzio sporting a huge perm.
In fact the Bozzio edition included a tiny vinyl record of him playing a solo around an ostinato pattern.
I spent hours trying to replicate it and failing miserably. lol.
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I'm still getting MD, as I have since 1979. I just recycled tons of them after mailing a few copies to collectors.
Gotta have something to read on the john.


Platinum Member
From like 92 to 99 I think it was I had a subscription. I get bored with magazines after awhile. The interviews and articles all start to sound the same. I haven't read a drum magazine in at least 15 years.


Gold Member
Never subscribed, but I do buy issues with articles that interest me, or where I'm mentioned. It's been a few years for both. :)
I did used to subscribe but now will selectively buy an issue if it has articles of interest .

I currently subscribe to Drumhead magazine but Au am finding that the quality has been slipping recently .


Silver Member
I subscribed to MD when I was in high school in the early 80s. It was the only outlet available to get hip to the great drummers. It was great back then, and continued to get better over the years. In college when I moved to NYC I would still pick up an issue here and there, but after a while lost interest in the early 2000s...

I have a digital archive from 1977 through 2002 - those are really fun to go through.