Gaffa (magazine)

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Gaffa cover 08-09.jpg
The August 2009 issue of Gaffa
Editor-in-ChiefPeter Ramsdal
CategoriesMusic magazine
Paid circulation3,500[1]
Unpaid circulation76,500[1]
First issueSeptember 1983
CompanyGaffa A/S
CountryDenmark, Sweden, Norway
Based inÅrhus
LanguageDanish, Swedish and Norwegian, and

Gaffa is a free Danish music magazine distributed in Denmark, Sweden and Norway.

History and profile[edit]

Gaffa has been published on a monthly basis since 1983.[2] The magazine is distributed to places such as educational institutions, record shops, libraries and cafés, as well as a small number to paying subscribers.[3] It features music news and notes, interviews, album reviews and upcoming concert schedules.

The name Gaffa comes from gaffa tape, with the magazine's stated intention of "binding the different parts of the music community together".[4]


Gaffa's website,, was established in 1996.[1] Since December 2008 all back issues of the magazine are accessible online free of charge.[5]

In 2008 Gaffa launched GAFFA live - a concert overview for Denmark, Sweden and Norway.

In 2009 Gaffa was launched in Sweden (GAFFA Sweden) and in 2011 in Norway (GAFFA Norway).

In April 2006, Gaffa launched a user-written music encyclopedia, GAFFApedia, as a subsection of its website.[6] Based on MediaWiki, it is similar to Wikipedia and covered by the Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike licence.[7][8]

GAFFApedia was closed in 2010.

See also[edit]

List of magazines in Denmark


  1. ^ a b c "GAFFA Media » GAFFA magasin". Gaffa (in Danish). Retrieved 3 June 2009.
  2. ^ U Lindberg; G Gudmundsson (1 December 2006). "Critical negotiations: rock criticism in the Nordic countries". Popular Music History. Retrieved 29 December 2016.
  3. ^ "GAFFA Media » GAFFA magazine". Gaffa. Archived from the original on 7 February 2009. Retrieved 3 June 2009.
  4. ^ "Velkommen til Gaffa". Gaffa (in Danish): 2. September 1983. Retrieved 3 June 2009. Vores idé med bladet er, at det skal have samme effekt som "GAFFA-tape": at få de forskellige grene af musikmiljøet til at hænge sammen
  5. ^ "GAFFAs arkiv på nettet - bl.a. på". Musik Bibliotek (in Danish). 11 December 2008. Archived from the original on 25 December 2009. Retrieved 30 June 2009.
  6. ^ Lohmann, Pelle Sonne. "GAFFApedia dækker dansk musik på allerbedste vis". Musik Bibliotek (in Danish). Archived from the original on 10 September 2012. Retrieved 30 June 2009.
  7. ^ "GAFFApedia:Ophavsret". Gaffa (in Danish). Archived from the original on 27 September 2007. Retrieved 11 July 2009.
  8. ^ "Danske Creative Commons projekter". Creative Commons (in Danish). Retrieved 30 June 2009.

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