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Entertainment Industry Magazine Archive (EIMA)

Entertainment Industry Magazine Archive (EIMA) offers currently Five thematic collections covering Music, Radio and The Stage, Film and Television, and lately Video Gaming. Combined they offer access to 80 key US and UK trade and mass-market consumer magazines – weekly and monthly issues, covering the broad spectrum of the entertainment industry and media including film, television, popular music, radio, and theatre. The magazines are included cover-to-cover, from first issue to the year 2000,* (2015 for Collection 3) and the scope encompasses mass-market trade as well as popular titles.

This digital archive can support scholars studying:

  • The economics of the entertainment industry
  • Production, marketing and reception of films or music albums
  • Factors surrounding the emergence of subcultures such as punk, two-tone or grunge
  • Culture, politics and social change in dynamic eras such as the 1960s


  • Includes almost 10 million articles digitized in high resolution color and fully searchable of key trade and mass-market consumer magazines – weekly and monthly issues
  • Offers complete backfiles support analysis of trends in popular culture across the entire 20th century
  • Covers the entire entertainment industry, including:
    • film, television, popular music (jazz and blues, rock and pop), radio, theatre, and performing arts, with a focus on the US and the UK
  • is cross-searchable with historical databases on the ProQuest platform

* Our policy is to include every issue in full, from the first to the end of the 2000 or 2015 publication year. Due to the rarity of some of the original print volumes, however, small gaps (issues or pages) for some publications may occur.

EIMA - Collection 5

Entertainment Industry Magazine Archive 5: Video Gaming

Confirmed titles as of 11 November 2023.

  Title   ISSN   Publisher   Coverage Dates   Publication Country
  360   1747-7859   Future Publishing Ltd   01/09/2005 - 01/07/2012   United Kingdom
  64 Magazine   1366-6266   Future Publishing Ltd   01/03/1997 - 01/11/2001   United Kingdom
  Amiga Format   0957-4867   Future Publishing Ltd   01/10/1989 - 01/03/2000   United Kingdom
  Computer & Video Games   0261-3697   Future Publishing Ltd   01/11/1981 - 01/10/2004   United Kingdom
  Edge   1350-1593   Future Publishing Ltd   01/10/1993 - 01/12/2015   United Kingdom
  Enter   8750-0450   Sesame Workshop   01/10/1983 - 01/05/1985   United States
  Game Buyer   1520-9695   Future Publishing Ltd   01/07/1998 - 01/10/1998   United States
  Game Players   1087-2779   Future Publishing Ltd   01/06/1995 - 01/09/1996   United States
  Game Players Nintendo-Sega   1068-1809   Future Publishing Ltd   01/07/1993 - 01/12/1993   United States
  Game Players Sega-Nintendo   1074-2425   Future Publishing Ltd   01/01/1994 - 01/05/1995   United States
  GamesMaster   0967-9855   Future Publishing Ltd   01/04/1993 - 01/12/2018   United Kingdom
  Go Play   1749-4338   Future Publishing Ltd   01/02/2006 - 01/09/2006   United Kingdom
  Incite PC Gaming   1526-2693   Computec Media USA   01/12/1999 - 01/06/2000   United States
  Incite Video Gaming   1526-2685   Computec Media USA   01/12/1999 - 01/08/2000   United States
  MacFormat   0968-3305   Future Publishing Ltd   01/03/1993 - 01/12/2020   United Kingdom
  N 64 Pro   1369-4510   Future Publishing Ltd   01/05/1998 - 01/08/2000   United Kingdom
  NGamer   1751-391X   Future Publishing Ltd   01/08/2006 - 01/12/2011   United Kingdom
  New Atari User   0958-7705   Page 6 Publishing (Les Ellingham)   01/06/1989 - 01/06/1995   United Kingdom
  Nintendo Power   1041-9551   Future Publishing Ltd   01/07/1988 - 01/12/2006   United States
  Nintendo Power Advance     Future Publishing Ltd   01/04/2001 - 01/01/2002   United States
  P2   1471-1192   Future Publishing Ltd   01/07/2003 - 01/12/2005   United Kingdom
  PC Accelerator   1521-7795   Future Publishing Ltd   01/09/1998 - 01/06/2000   United States
  PC Format     Future Publishing Ltd   01/10/1991 - 01/10/2009   United Kingdom
  PC Gamer - US edition   1080-4471   Future Publishing Ltd   01/01/2001 - 01/12/2020   United States
  PC Gamer - UK Edition   1351-3540   Future Publishing Ltd   01/12/1993 - 01/12/2020   United Kingdom
  Page 6   0952-4967   Page 6 Publishing (Les Ellingham)   01/09/1983 - 01/12/1993   United Kingdom
  Retro Gamer   1742-3155   Future Publishing Ltd   01/01/2004 - 01/12/2020   United Kingdom
  Ultra Game Players   1091-1685   Future Publishing Ltd   01/10/1996 - 01/07/1997   United States
  Video Gamer   1471-1400   Future Publishing Ltd   01/12/2000 - 01/02/2001   United Kingdom
  Your Sinclair   0269-6983   Future Publishing Ltd   01/01/1990 - 01/07/1993   United Kingdom

includes over 30 titles spanning the 1980s through 2020. Titles cover a variety of consoles/computers and include publications such as Computer & Video Games (1981-2004), PC Gamer (1994-2020) and Edge (1993-2020)

EIMA - Collection 4

Entertainment Industry Magazine Archive 4: Rock, Folk & Hip-hop

Confirmed titles as of 11 November 2023

Title ISSN Coverage Dates Publisher Publication Country
Americana Rhythm Music Magazine   01/09/2005 - 01/01/2017 Americana Rhythm United States
Blaze 1099-9930 01/06/1998 - 01/06/2000 Vibe Media Publishing, LLC United States
Broadside 0740-7955 01/02/1962 - 01/09/1988 Norman Ross United States
Creem 0011-1147 01/03/1969 - 01/10/1988 Cambray Publishing United States
Creem Special Edition   02/04/1977 - 02/10/1989 Creem Magazine LLC United States
Dirty Linen 1047-4315 01/01/1983 - 01/01/2010 Dirty Linen, Ltd. United States
Fusion 0016-3163 01/11/1968 - 01/08/1974 Louis T. Somma United States
Headz   01/05/1996 - 01/05/1996 Cherryl Aldave United States
Hip-Hop Connection 1465-4407 01/02/1991 - 01/06/2001 Andy Cowan United Kingdom
Hootenanny 0439-5409 01/12/1963 - 01/11/1964 Megan Tarter United States
Hot Wire 0747-8887 01/11/1984 - 01/09/1994 HOT WIRE: The Journal of Women's Music United States
Little Sandy Review   01/05/1960 - 29/01/1961 Jon Pankake United States
OP 0276-8747 01/12/1979 - 01/11/1984 John Foster United States
The Old-Time Herald 1040-3582 01/09/1987 - 01/03/2016 Old Time Music Group Inc United States
Option 0882-178X 01/01/1985 - 02/07/1998 Scott Marc Becker United States
Paid My Dues 0097-8035 01/02/1974 - 01/01/1980 HOT WIRE: The Journal of Women's Music United States
Ray Gun 1533-4732 01/12/1992 - 01/06/2000 Action Brands LLC United States
Trouser Press 0164-1883 01/03/1974 - 01/04/1984 Trouser Press LLC United States
Trouser Press Collectors' Magazine   01/09/1978 - 01/07/1983 Trouser Press LLC United States
Vibe 1070-4701 01/10/1992 - 01/01/2014 Vibe Media Publishing, LLC United States
Vibe Vixen 1556-2581 01/04/2005 - 01/08/2007 Vibe Media Publishing, LLC United States

EIMA Collection 4 description

  • Backfiles of music magazines devoted to key 20th/21stcentury popular music genres rock, folk, and hip-hop.  
  • Spans more than six decades, with coverage from the 1950s to 2020
  • Default coverage from issue 1 through to 2020


Rock magazines, many originating in the 1960s and 70s  capture how rock music represented a language of dissent  and challenge to the status quo at this time, documenting  contemporary social issues, the evolution and growth of  youth culture, and associated fashion/style trends.

Folk music titles span traditional and contemporary folk, bluegrass, world music, and related genres from the mid-  20th century to the present. They shed light on the Folk  Revival of the 1960s and the preceding decades, with this  movement being a vehicle for activism, awareness and  protest, contributing to social change.

Hip hop and rap magazines capture the rise of this  genre from the 1980s forward, covering artists,  musicians, music venues, block parties and  performance art (such as breakdancing, scratching, and  turntablism). These titles convey the social implications  of an oppositional culture challenging racism and  stereotypes.

ProQuest's Entertainment Industry Magazine Archive contains the essential primary sources for studying the history of the film and entertainment industries, from the era of vaudeville and silent movies through to 2000.

  • The core US and UK trade magazines covering film, music, broadcasting and theater are all included, together with film fan magazines and music press titles. The magazines have been scanned cover-to-cover in high-resolution color, with granular indexing of all articles, covers, ads and reviews.
  • EIMA collections are designed for students and researchers in a wide range of Arts and Humanities subjects such as Cinema Studies, Popular Music and Media & Communication Studies as well as scholars in adjacent fields such as American and African-American Studies, Celebrity Culture and Twentieth Century Popular Culture. They allow students and scholars to find original reviews of films, records, plays, concerts and TV and radio shows as well as factual industry information such as record charts, listings and box office figures. Additionally, they allow users to explore the broader context of popular cultural works, artists, movements and subcultures by reading related features, interviews and news items.
  • Trade papers have long been recognized as potentially the single most valuable research material for scholars of the film and media industries. This database includes several trade magazines which have effectively provided the main historical record for their subject areas throughout the 20th century, such as Variety (1905-2000), Billboard (1894-2000), Broadcasting (1931-2000) and The Stage (1880-2000). Although these titles focus primarily on film, music, TV/radio and theatre respectively, they have between them covered the full range of popular entertainments throughout their history, from music halls, circuses and fairs to jukeboxes, gambling machines and computer games.
  • Bringing these titles together gives researchers the opportunity to find comprehensive information on specific films, plays, theaters, actors, directors, TV series, film studios, musicians, genres, record labels, subcultures and youth movements. The inclusion of consumer and fan magazines such as American Film (1975-1992) and Musician (1976-1999) means that a search can bring back industry news items, features on technological breakthroughs and in-depth interviews with major artists, together with photographs and illustrations, gossip columns, listings, reviews, charts and statistics. Items such as advertisements, covers and short reviews of films, music singles or other works have been treated as separate documents with accurately-captured titles in order to help researchers find all the relevant material for their search topic.
  • For students of popular music, a selection of magazines give in-depth coverage of musical genres and eras, such as 'British Invasion' pop, reggae, African and Caribbean music, or the rave scene.
  • Each magazine can be browsed cover-to-cover in full-page, full-text format. Users are able to search for original reviews, interviews, industry news, listings, charts, and features relating to the full range of popular media using advanced search and retrieval functionality.