Since 1973, The
Mississippi Rag has covered traditional jazz and ragtime like
no other publication. For 33 years (November 1973-October 2006), The Rag was a printed
tabloid publication, presenting exclusive feature stories by
top writers on contemporary and legendary giants of traditional
jazz and ragtime, plus stories on less well known but accomplished
As of January 2007, however, The Rag has made the
leap into cyberspace, converting to an online publication and carrying
on the RAG tradition while enhancing pages with color, hyperlinks
and more treats made possible by the wonders of the Internet. As
before, it is published monthly.
The Rag has never been just about
history. New and current performers and bands are highlighted in
each issue, with information about where and when they're playing.
And, perceptive reviews with mail order and website information
help readers select the best in recordings, books, and videos.
the "bible" of the traditional jazz and ragtime
world by its readers, The Mississippi Rag serves a worldwide readership,
reaching subscribers in 50 states and 26 countries. More than 1/3
of our readers (and perhaps as many as 2/3rds) are either professional
or amateur musicians. Subscribers include top musicians, writers,
researchers and critics in the traditional jazz and ragtime world.
100 fine freelance writers and photographers regularly contribute
stories and photos to The Rag, and at least six critically acclaimed
books have resulted from articles first published in The Mississippi
Rag. Rare photos spice up our pages. Duncan P. Schiedt's historic
photo collection is used extensively, and The Rag has published
many rare photos from private collections as well as magnificent
photos by Charles Peterson, Nancy Miller Elliott, Ray Avery, William
Gottlieb, and Ed Lawless. New to our pages are photos and clippings
from the collection of jazz aficionado/photographer Randy Richards,
who compiled amazing scrapbooks that will be shared with RAG readers.
editor/publisher/creator of The Rag is Leslie Johnson, who can
be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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