Pulse! (magazine)

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Pulse! was a tabloid magazine published by Tower Records (under the direction of VP of Publishing Mike Farrace) which contained record reviews, interviews and advertising.[1]

History and profile[edit]

Pulse! was started in 1983.[2] The magazine was published on a monthly basis.[3] Initially, it was given away free in their stores to promote their record sales.[4]

In 1992, Pulse! began national distribution with a cover price of $2.95.[5]

Pulse! was cancelled in 2002 when the company discontinued U.S. operations.[6] The last of the 222 issues appeared in December 2002.[2][6]


  1. ^ Selvin, Joel (October 19, 2006), "For S.F. rockers, Tower Records was where it was all happening -- now the party's over", San Francisco Chronicle, archived from the original on October 26, 2006, retrieved February 25, 2023
  2. ^ a b Griffith, Jackson (November 21, 2002). "Flatliner blues". Sacramento News and Review. Archived from the original on December 8, 2002. Retrieved July 26, 2023.
  3. ^ Griffith, Jackson (October 17, 2015). "My 20 Years at Tower Records". Best Classic Bands. Retrieved April 22, 2017.
  4. ^ Vincent, Cindy (April 24, 2001), "Tower Records' magazine full of information", The State Hornet, retrieved July 26, 2023
  5. ^ "Pulse gives rock lovers their money's worth", Sacramento Bee, January 28, 1992
  6. ^ a b "Tower Records Flatlines Pulse Magazine". MediaPost. November 8, 2002. Retrieved November 21, 2015.