Gregg to publish

Pollster, author and popular-music entrepreneur Allan Gregg has turned to publishing.Gregg, Canadian chairman of Hill and Knowlton Public Relations, chairman of Decima Research and founding partner of rock act managers Management Trust, has taken over SoundCan, the monthly contemporary music magazine.The...

Pollster, author and popular-music entrepreneur Allan Gregg has turned to publishing.

Gregg, Canadian chairman of Hill and Knowlton Public Relations, chairman of Decima Research and founding partner of rock act managers Management Trust, has taken over SoundCan, the monthly contemporary music magazine.

The magazine was formerly published by K. Sharp Enterprises.

Gregg says a new, wholly-owned subsidiary of his Roll Music company, Roll Magazine, will publish SoundCan.

Former SoundCan publisher, Keith Sharp, says Gregg brings credibility and stability to the magazine as well as money.

K. Sharp’s other title, Music Express, has suspended publication, says Sharp, and the business is being wound down.

Sharp, who started Music Express 17 years ago, says there was no point in having two popular music magazines compete for the same readers and advertising dollars, especially in the current economic climate.

The bulk of SoundCan’s circulation is distributed through chains of record stores.

Sharp says SoundCan is available at HMV, A&A, Records on Wheels and other outlets. He says subscriptions to the magazine cost $29.50.

Subscribers get 12 issues of the magazine for their money, says Sharp, as well as six compact discs – one every other month – featuring music from up-and-coming Canadian bands.

The cds continue to be sponsored by Russian Prince vodka, he says, despite the change of publisher.

SoundCan, which initially had an all-Canadian approach, has altered that slightly, says Sharp.

Although the magazine will make everyone aware it is Canadian, Sharp says international acts will also be featured.

Sharp, who will continue as a consultant at SoundCan, says a relaunch of the u.s. version of Music Express – also controlled by Gregg – is being redesigned and a relaunch is expected in May.