Relix Lives On With New Management Team

We’re happy to report that Relix magazine has been saved after a group of investors led by former Wetlands owner Pete Shapiro and a number of Relix staffers have acquired the magazine along with Relix.com and Jambands.com.

A few months ago, word leaked out that the jam-friendly mag was in dire straights after Zenbu Media, the publication’s former owner, issued a round of layoffs and folded two metal magazines. Thanks to Shapiro and the magazine’s core staffers stepping up,  Relix – which was launched in 1974 as a Grateful Dead fanzine – will continue to be published eight times per year.

The June issue of Relix features Phish on the cover and contains an interview with the band’s bassist Mike Gordon. An article on Foliomag.com about the deal between Zenbu and the newly formed Relix Media Group details the new organization’s management team…

Shapiro will serve as publisher of the newly-formed Relix Media Group, [Rachel] Seiden as associate publisher. [Josh] Baron will remain in the top editor slot.

The rest of the executive team will include Dean Budnick, senior vice president of digital; Mike Greenhaus, vice president and executive editor; chief financial officer Dale Hirschman; and sales and marketing VP Cole Boyle.

I bought my first issue of Relix back in 1992 and have read nearly every issue since. On a personal level, I couldn’t imagine a world without the magazine and I’m really glad to see Relix will continue to be published. Please support our scene by visiting Relix.com and subscribing to the print edition.

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4 Responses

  1. Relix does a great job and definately has its niche in the world of music mags – this coming from a magazine journalism major who learned that the average life expectancy of a magazine is three to five years. Rock on Relix, I’m subscribing today.

  2. It will be interesting to see how Pete Shapiro cross pollinates Relix, jambands.com, and Brooklyn Bowl….

  3. Good to hear Relix will be sticking around.

    That said, I was hoping Pete Shapiro would invest in the Gramercy Theatre and create Wetlands 2.0. Looks like it’s on the market now (according to BK Vegan).

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