Real Groove

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Real Groove
CategoriesMusic magazine
PublisherTangible Media
Year founded1993
Final issueOctober 2010
CountryNew Zealand

Real Groove was a New Zealand monthly music and pop culture magazine that operated from 1993 to 2010.[1] Based in Auckland, the publication began as a free newsletter distributed through Real Groovy Records.[2] It became a newsstand title in the late 1990s and was subsequently owned by Tangible Media.[2] In 2003, a survey by Nielsen Media Research showed a monthly readership comparable to Rip It Up, New Zealand's leading music magazine.[3]

Real Groove was first edited by John Dix, author of Stranded in Paradise: New Zealand Rock'n'Roll, 1955–1988.[4] Subsequent editors included Nick Bollinger,[4] John Russell, Brock Oliver,[5] Duncan Greive and Sam Wicks.[6] Among the other writers whose work appeared in the magazine are Chris Bourke,[1] Gary Steel,[7] Graham Reid,[8] former Creem music critic Richard Riegel,[9] and Russell Brown.[10]

The 196th and final issue of Real Groove, dated October 2010, featured Leonard Cohen on the cover.[2] The magazine had tried to focus on its online presence and, according to Wicks, the closure was due to "the lack of demand for physical publications".[11] Among local media, its demise coincided with that of Pulp magazine, MTV's withdrawal from New Zealand, and Back2Basics merging with Rip It Up.[7]

Real Groove was amalgamated into The Groove Guide, a free weekly magazine owned by Tangible Media.[2][11] That title was similarly closed down, in May 2011.[12]


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  2. ^ a b c d Herald online staff (1 October 2010). "Real Groove magazine to close". Retrieved 19 February 2018.
  3. ^ "Real Groove magazine reports strong readership". Scoop. 14 August 2003. Retrieved 19 February 2018.
  4. ^ a b Steel, Gary (1 October 2010). "Real Gone". witchdoctor. Retrieved 19 February 2018.
  5. ^ "Real Groove announces new Editor". Scoop. 31 March 2004. Retrieved 19 February 2018.
  6. ^ Moses, Hussein (5 October 2010). "R.I.P Real Groove Magazine". The Corner. Retrieved 19 February 2018.
  7. ^ a b Fahy, Ben (4 October 2010). "Real Groove calls it a day, but finds its new Groove close by". StopPress. Retrieved 19 February 2018.
  8. ^ "Morph Non-Fiction Writers Workshop > 'About Graham Reid'". Creative People's Centre. 5 July 2010. Archived from the original on 14 August 2014. Retrieved 19 February 2018.
  9. ^ "Richard Riegel". Rock's Backpages. Retrieved 19 February 2018.
  10. ^ Brown, Russell (7 October 2010). "Some sort of pun on 'Groove' goes here". Hard News. Retrieved 19 February 2018.
  11. ^ a b Satherley, Dan (1 October 2010). "Real Groove mag packs away the guitar". Newshub. Retrieved 19 February 2018.
  12. ^ Mace, William (24 May 2011). "End of the line for Groove Guide magazine". Retrieved 19 February 2018.