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‘It was a classic case of naive creatives, not protecting what they’d got’

Shindig!’s Jon Mills and Andy Morten on the perils of striking a magazine publishing deal without the proper paperwork

Just before Easter, Jon Mills and Andy Morten signed off the 47th issue of Shindig!, the music magazine the two of them have been producing for around 20 years. Although relations with their independent publisher had taken a strained turn, the two of them were gearing up for issues 48 and 49 before going on holiday.

While away, they received some very rum news indeed. Some 80% of the content they had worked on had been redesigned, and folded into a new magazine titled Kaleidoscope. Worse still, this new title’s masthead featured the words “incorporating Shindig!”, apparently serving notice that their publication was now extinct.

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