City Limits (magazine)

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City Limits
City Limits magazine cover.jpg
Former editors John Fordham, Nigel Fountain
Categories arts magazine
Frequency weekly
Year founded 1981
Final issue 1993
Country United Kingdom
Based in London
Language English

City Limits magazine was founded in 1981 in London by former staff members of the weekly London listings magazine Time Out, after its owner Tony Elliott abandoned running Time Out on co-operative principles.

City Limits was edited in its prime by jazz writer John Fordham and former Oz writer Nigel Fountain. This alternative weekly arts and listings magazine for London continued to be run as a co-operative for most of its existence,[1] then underwent a chaotic final period of three different owners within two years before it finally ceased publication in 1993.[2] Among other journalists, it launched the careers of Melissa Benn, Kim Newman, and Suzanne Moore. It was also an early site for the writings of the art critic Matthew Collings.[1][3]


  1. ^ a b Orr, Deborah (30 March 2012). "Listening is fantastically powerful and soothing – we need more of it". The Guardian. Retrieved 8 March 2018. 
  2. ^ Brown, Maggie (18 February 1993). "Fall in sales and advertising kills off City Limits". The Independent. 
  3. ^ Matthew Collings, City Limits, October 1991.

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