Ray Gun (magazine)

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Ray Gun
CategoriesMusic magazine
FounderMarvin Scott Jarrett
First issue 1992 (1992-month)
Final issue2000
Based inSanta Monica, California

Ray Gun was an American alternative rock-and-roll magazine, first published in 1992 in Santa Monica, California. Led by founding publisher Marvin Scott Jarrett, art director David Carson and executive editor Randy Bookasta, along with founding editor Neil Feineman, Ray Gun explored experimental magazine typographic design and unique angles on the pop cultural currents of the 1990s. The editorial content was framed in a chaotic, abstract "grunge typography" style, not always readable (it once published an interview with Bryan Ferry entirely in the symbol font Zapf Dingbats), but distinctive in appearance.[1] That visual tradition continued even after Carson left the magazine after three years; he was followed by a series of art directors, including Robert Hales, Chris Ashworth, Jason Saunby, Scott Denton-Cardew, and Jerome Curchod.

In terms of content, Ray Gun was also notable for its choices of subject matter. The advertising, musical artists and pop culture icons spotlighted were progressive—for example putting such artists as Radiohead, Björk, Beck, Flaming Lips, PJ Harvey and Eminem on its cover before its competitors.[citation needed] Those choices were guided by Executive Editor Randy Bookasta (and founding editor Neil Feineman for the first three issues), along with an editorial staff that included Dean Kuipers, Nina Malkin, Mark Blackwell, Joe Donnelly, Grant Alden, Mark Woodlief, and Eric Gladstone.

Ray Gun produced over 70 issues from 1992 through 2000. Owner-founder-publisher Marvin Scott Jarrett (one-time publisher of a late-1980s incarnation of Creem) also later created the magazines Stick, huH,[2] Bikini,[3] and Nylon [4] (a New York–based fashion magazine).[5] The most notable common thread among all of Jarrett's magazines (from his days at Creem through Nylon) have been their focus on graphic design and music.

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  • Ray Gun: Out of Control by Dean Kuipers and Marvin Scott Jarrett, Simon & Schuster (1997), ISBN 0-684-83980-6. Design and art direction by Neil Fletcher and Chris Ashworth.
  • Ray Gun: The Bible of Music and Style by Marvin Scott Jarrett, with Contributions from Steven Heller (design writer), Liz Phair, Wayne Coyne and Dean Kuipers, Rizzoli (2019), ISBN 978-0-8478-6315-0.[6][7]


  1. ^ Shetty, Sharan. "The Rise & Fall of Grunge Typography". The Awl.
  2. ^ Reminiscing on 90's huH Magazine by Eric Compton, Maximum Metal, May 6, 2016.
  3. ^ Bikini to Hang it Up by Keith J. Kelly, New York Post, January 20, 2000.
  4. ^ Nylon Magazine by Helen Lee, Sassy Bella Magazine, November 7, 2007.
  5. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on February 13, 2010. Retrieved February 13, 2010.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  6. ^ Ray Gun: The Bible of Music and Style Rizzoli USA, Publish Date May 14, 2019.
  7. ^ Ray Gun, the Magazine That Defined the Alt ’90s, Lives Again by Corey Seymour, Vogue Magazine, May 23, 2019.

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