24 September 1982 issue of Džuboks cover featuring Pete Townshend.
|Publisher||NIP Duga (1966 - 1970)
NIP Dečje novine (1974 -1985)
|First issue||3 May 1966|
|Website||Džuboks archive at Popboks.com|
Džuboks (Serbian Cyrillic: Џубокс, trans. Jukebox) was a Yugoslav music magazine. Founded in 1966, it was the first magazine in Yugoslavia dedicated predominately to rock music, and the first rock music magazine in a communist country.
1966 - 1970
Džuboks magazine was founded in 1966 by publisher Duga from Belgrade. The idea came from journalists gathered around film magazine Filmski svet (Film World), published by Duga, who realised that rock fans are growing in numbers, but that there is no magazine to cover rock music issues. As there were no rock music specialists among journalists, the decision was to invite Nikola Karaklajić, a national chess champion and a member of the national chess team and radio personality, who did much to promote rock music in Yugoslavia, to become the first editor-in-chiefs, which Karaklajić accepted. Although not being the first Yugoslav music magazine, Džuboks became the first Yugoslav magazine dedicated to rock music, and the first rock magazine in a socialist state. In an interview for the documentary series Rockovnik Karaklajić stated:
|“||As I received magazines from abroad, I picked up tricks used by the New Musical Express, Melody Maker, Rolling Stone [Rolling Stone was actually founded one year after Džuboks] etc. And we made a magazine which was printed in 100,000 copies, and it was sold out after three days.||”|
The first issue came out on 3 May 1966. There was a huge discussion among editors whether the Beatles or the Rolling Stones should appear on the cover of the first issue, and the opinion that it should be the Rolling Stones prevailed. Višnja Marjanović, who succeeded Karaklajić on the place of editor-in-chiefs, in an interview for Rockovnik stated about the first issue:
|“||Back then it was on the edge of scandal, to publish some hairy guys' photo on a cover, to write about foreign musicians, not to have any texts about our singers, to publish English language lyrics, so that our bands could cover those songs more easily [...] It was pretty revolutionary and unusual... When the Rolling Stones appeared on the front cover, it was sold out immediately. The magazine appeared one day, and tomorrow it couldn't be found on the market. That's how big the hunger and the need for that sort of magazines were.||”|
However, the negative reactions did not come from the League of Communists of Yugoslavia, but from conservative cultural circles, and, according to Karaklajić, there was no political interference into the editorial policy. The only political interference occurred after the first issue of the magazine was published, when a representative of the League of Communists asked for a meeting with the editors to, in Karaklajić's words, "see what was going on and to advise us to be cautious, so as not to be regarded as someone's agency".
During three years of the magazine's existence, posters of foreign and domestic stars and flexi discs featuring current international rock hits were often published with the magazine. The discs were published in cooperation with the record label Jugoton, which, at the time, had a licence contract with EMI.
After the 39th issue, released in July 1970, Duga stopped publishing the magazine.
In 1968, Duga started publishing Mini Džuboks, which, beside music, dealt with entertainment and fashion. The first editor-in-chiefs was Sava Popović, and was succeeded by Višnja Marjanović. The first issue of Mini Džuboks was released on May 9, 1968. After the 33rd issue, released on February 20, 1969, Mini Džuboks was put out.
1974 - 1985
In 1974, the publisher Dečje novine from Gornji Milanovac renewed Džuboks under the name Ladin Džuboks (Lada's Džuboks), as it was initially released as a supplement of the girl magazine Lada, but soon appeared as an independent publication under the name Džuboks. The first editor-in-chief was Vojkan Borisavljević, and he was followed by Milisav Ćirović, Peca Popović and Branko Vukojević. The first issue was released on July 1, 1974, and the last, 171st, on July 22, 1983. In 1984, Džuboks was, under the editorship of Ljuba Trifunović, renewed once again, but was finally put out in 1985.
Journalists and contributors
Some of the journalists and contributors to Džuboks include:
- Slobodan Cicmil
- Miroslav Ćirović
- Bora Đorđević
- Darko Glavan
- Biljana Maksić
- Goran Marić
- Milomir Marić
- Zoran Marinković
- Goranka Matić
- Petar Jakonić
- Petar Janjatović
- Dušan Kojić
- Slobodan Konjović
- Dragan Kremer
- Petar Luković
- Nebojša Pajkić
- Petar Popović
- Predrag Popović
- Momčilo Rajin
- Saša Rakezić
- Brian Rašić
- Gordan Škondrić
- Ljuba Trifunovic
- Slobodan Trbojević
- Dinko Tucaković
- Dražen Vrdoljak
- Radovan Vujović
- Branko Vukojević
- Janjatović, Petar (2007). EX YU ROCK enciklopedija 1960-2006. Belgrade: self-released. p. 303.
- Luthar, Breda; Pušnik, Maruta (2010). Remembering Utopia: The Culture of Everyday Life in Socialist Yugoslavia. Washington DC: new Academia Publishing, LLC. p. 148.
- Fajfrić, Željko; Nenad, Milan (2009). Istorija YU rock muzike od početaka do 1970. Sremska Mitrovica: Tabernakl. p. 61.
- Rockovnik, "Uhvati vetar (Beat u Beogradu 1964 - 1968)", YouTube.com
- Luthar, Breda; Pušnik, Maruta (2010). Remembering Utopia: The Culture of Everyday Life in Socialist Yugoslavia. Washington DC: new Academia Publishing, LLC. p. 151.
- Luthar, Breda; Pušnik, Maruta (2010). Remembering Utopia: The Culture of Everyday Life in Socialist Yugoslavia. Washington DC: new Academia Publishing, LLC. p. 157.
- Rockovnik, "Kad bi bio bijelo dugme (Jugoslovenska rock scena 1974 - 1975)", YouTube.com
- Janjatović, Petar (2007). EX YU ROCK enciklopedija 1960-2006. Belgrade: self-released. p. 304.