Published Mar 15, 2011Long-running arts magazine Arthur has folded yet again. Today (March 15), the publication has officially come to an end. A brief poem from the staff gives thanks for all the support over the years.
After years of service, Arthur departed the material plane today.
He died as he lived -- free, high and a-dreaming of love, 'neath vultures' terrible gaze.
Thank you, and love to all.
The announcement of Arthur's demise came last week from publisher/editor Jay Babcock, who said that, due to funding issues, the magazine just couldn't sustain itself any longer.
"There will be no more Arthur Radio, no more Arthur blog, no more Arthur anything. I know you mean well, but please. Arthur people deserve to be paid for their work, and there is no way for that to happen. In fact, it's never been that way, and that needs to end. This has gone on long enough," he posted on the site [via L.A. Observed]. "Although it was a labor of love, Arthur was never meant to be a permanent, unfunded charity. Again, I'm sure you'll agree, that Arthur's many, many contributors and staff-folk deserve(d) to be paid for their work."
This isn't the first time Arthur has ran into problems. Following a five-year run that began in 2002, the magazine briefly cut its physical edition in early 2007, but returned a few months later with Arthur Vol. 2.
The publication had a focus on outsider music, from experimental noise to psych rock, folk and stoner metal. From columns, to photographs, to artwork, the mag's lengthy list of contributors included Thurston Moore, Spike Jonze and Alan Moore.
There are no plans to keep the online portion of the site updated, but the archives, which are currently down, will apparently be maintained to some degree.