|Press release, january 2011: Its with the utmost pride and pleasure that we introduce The Albion, a brand new bi-monthly publication aimed at reinvigorating BMX media, reinstating the authority of the printed word and celebrating all that is great about bicycle motocross. Throughout the history of BMX, magazines have been responsible for documenting the spirit of rid- ing. Theyve helped to unite a community that can often seem broad and disparate, theyve brought us all closer together and inspired every one of us. We all have favourite photos and articles that remind us why we ride, photos and articles that motivate us to get up and travel, meet new people and progress both as riders and as people. The magazine that brought us together came from a humble beginning with pure intentions. As BMX has expanded that once respected magazine has strayed off course due to newfound corporate purpose, compromising our work and dedication for a publication that wasnt our own. So weve come together to redress the balance by returning to our DIY roots and creating a magazine that is made as one and as a passionate collective. The Albion is an independent magazine that is unbiased and uncensored, a magazine owned and produced by riders, a magazine with the integrity to deliver the cohesive and un- compromised objective vision of BMX that we wholeheartedly believe it deserves. The Albion exists to acknowledge and uphold the spirit that makes us ride bikes. Our aim is to get people thinking, to encourage people to appreciate the finer points of 20 culture and to explore what it really means to band together and build in the woods, to session a curb by yourself, or to stand at the top of a set of stairs and weigh up the odds before throwing yourself into the unknown. This magazine is a product of true BMX spirit and its purpose is to keep that spirit alive. The we mentioned in the opening paragraph is a group of individuals whose knowledge of BMX spans more than three decades: George Marshall (One of the best photographers around at the moment, few could deny that.), Steve Bancroft (A rider and photographer whose proved his mettle after 10 years in the industry.), Tim March (A true BMX legend and inventor of the skid. Tim will be looking after the brands that support us.), Daniel Benson (A highly respected photographer and rider, who will be bringing this motley crew together.)|
The Albion will be available for free at local bike shops and selected stores nationwide. The magazine will be on the shelves on the 1st of every other month starting with our first issue on April Fools day. The size of the magazine will be a backpack friendly 200 x 265 with pagination of 148 including cover. Ads to Editorial will never exceed 40% 60%.
Brian Tunney, www.expn.com, january 2011: Former Ride UK staff members, including Steve Bancroft (who edited and shot photos for the monthly version of Ride UK since July '07, and definitely improved the quality of the mag) have launched a new BMX magazine venture in the UK. Dubbed The Albion, the new mag's mission is "aimed at reinvigorating BMX media, reinstating the authority of the printed word and celebrating all that is great about bicycle motocross," says the staff behind the new venture.
Joining Bancroft (who left Ride UK after completing issue 146) is former Ride UK staff photographer Daniel Benson (also a Fit UK team rider), ESPN contributing photographer George Marshall and former Factory Media ad sales manager and publisher Tim March (who was a top pro racer throughout the '80s.) "It's a group of individuals whose knowledge of BMX spans more than three decades," says the mag's founders.
According to Bancroft and company, "The magazine will be on the shelves on the 1st of every other month, starting with our first issue on April Fools Day." The Albion will be available for free at local bike shops and selected stores throughout the UK. No plans for US distribution was mentioned, but BMX magazines from the UK always have a way of making their way into the US, including Ride UK, Dig BMX and Case BMX.
So yeah, I know this is some industry heavy news that only seems to affect the UK, but I wanted to mention it here because I think it's worth noting. And why is that? I think Nick_Bott said it on best on Twitter this morning: "Another bmx magazine = bmx expansion = good."
And I couldn't agree more. BMX is growing, and even if the magazine industry isn't a huge growth industry right now, a select group of BMXers (past and present) in the U.K. are doing what we've always done, going out on their own to portray BMX the way they want to. Let's hope that spirit never ends, regardless of the format.
Good luck to the staff at The Albion.
|issue 1 - april 2011 (download)|
www.sourcebmx.com: Issue one contains some good articles featuring interviews with Eddie Cleveland, Matt Hoffman and Steven Hamilton and pages on the United House, Dub Majorca trip and Robbie Morales from Cult.
Nick Ferreira , www.expn.com, april 2011: In 2002, Looking Glass BMX Magazine hit the shelves. Started by college professor Dennis Stancavish, Looking Glass was different than what the other magazines available at the time offered. There was no contest coverage or breaking news but rather instructions on how to build DIY concrete spots with Sean Hoskins, trips to Alaska with Ryan Worcester that barely featured any bikes, and the first issue even had an article on the legendary hardcore band The Cro-Mags. Unfortunately, the second issue of Looking Glass was the last. A promising idea, but not meant to be. And while some of the content was lost on my high school mind, I was sad to see the independent magazine go. Luckily for those who still enjoy magazines, the UK based magazine, The Albion, has completed their first issue. Started by former RIDE UK staff members George Marshall, Steve Bancroft, Daniel Benson, and publisher Tim March, this free publication looks just as promising as Looking Glass did nine years ago. Last week a copy of this thick, (148 pages) full-color, bi-monthly journal showed up in my mailbox and right away I was pleasantly surprised. Besides the smaller size, the first thing that caught my attention was the photography. Compared to the spectacle that is most BMX photography, the work in The Albion seems to use less fisheye lenses and flashes with a much simpler and more effective end result; you really get a feel for where these photos were taken. Akin to the photography, the design and layout is even more understated, which may become the magazine's success or demise. The Art Director, Robert Loeber, takes a cue from contemporary fashion magazines and applies a simple approach to the text with a heavy visual focus on most BMX mag's claim to fame: photography. But that's not to say the content of the text is some sort of throwaway next to the photos. In fact, The Albion seems to be purveyors of the written word, especially the interview. They are long and conversational, touching upon areas other media outlets rarely do. The Eddie Cleveland interview, in particular, shines through with an emphasis on the stark realities of injuries, motorcycles, and some classic Eddie quotes. Some other names of those interviewed include UK Olympic racer Shanaze Reade, Shaun Butler, Mat Hoffman, Steve Hamilton, Geoff Slattery, and more. Some range from one page inquiries into riding concrete bowls (Slattery) to in-depth profiles (Hoffman). There's also an interview with a rather dapper looking Caleb Kilby on quitting BMX. Sandwiched in between the interviews and photos are the less memorable articles ranging from Fit's Desert trip to United's southern California crash pad.
The crew over at The Albion have exceeded my expectations with their first issue and in turn have set a precedent. They're researching their articles and actually spending time with their interviewees and subjects- no matter how uncomfortable it may be. It's a telling moment during the Steven Hamilton interview when Daniel Benson says, "You know I'm sat here right now drinking with you...I'm from England man...that's a long way away. People want to know what's up." You can feel the frustration in his words and who can blame him after traveling to Middle America to interview some guy who's good at riding bikes and updates a blog. But if this little snippet shows anything, it shows that the people behind The Albion have a real interest in what they are doing. Let's hope it doesn't go the way of Looking Glass too soon.
You can find The Albion for free at bike shops across the UK. For information on obtaining a copy here in the states or elsewhere, visit www.thealbion.cc
|issue 2 - june 2011 (download)|
Here's the Contents list:
Video Days Mike Escamilla
Artifacts Nick Ferreira and BMX stickers
Soapbox Nick Marv Martin
Head Banging First Aid
The Lords of Fun FBM on the Road
The Florida assignment Imagine if your dads girlfriend was younger than you?
Thomas Robbo Robinson Alone in the woods
Mike Hoder Doesnt hold back
Stay Sick The many faces of Sean Burns
Seth Kimbrough Balls deep in the bible belt
Skavenger Edwin discusses how it came to be
Tommy Curtin I was really shit for a long time
Chris Moeller Open mic night
Extended Family Steve Wilson
Quitters Matt Wakefield
|issue 3 - august 2011 (download)
Artifacts BMX videogames.
Bezanson in London.
Tim Leighton Boyce: Classic photos from the 80s, the golden years in pictures.
Ricky Feather, the Arte of the Blacksmith and missing that United trip.
Extreme heat with Eclat in Atlanta, they wore long trousers!
Ruben Alacantara Ortiz: An unofficial biography of one of BMXs true innovators. El Pollo The Chicken on a surfboard and a bike.
Rick Moliterno, Standard, life and not being deep.
Martin Cookie Cook You dont want to see me do a turndown. Full feature by Olly.
Ukraine with Marshall and a crew of McArdles finest nomads, and some prostitutes and Animal fans, eight days in the former Soviet Union.
Hell on Wheels: Ryan Nyquist is happy as a pig in shit and the one and motherfuckin only Ron Wilkerson lets us have it, both by Jeff Stewart.
Video Days: Joe Rich on Road Fools 1.
Soapbox: Will Jackson on pissing off the BMX world with that montage and some other stuff.
Colts Jamie Mckechnie.
Quitters Chad Muska.
|issue 4 - september 2011 (download)
Colts: Josh Roberts.
Comment is Free Adam Grandmaison and anonymous messaging.
Know your Blood Windy Osborn and Andy Jenkins.
Tom Blyth I rode to an emo song it gave the section an epic quality
Jamie Bestwick Id be lucky to get two paragraphs next to the tit count in the Sunday Sport.
Edwin De La Rosa Im there, asleep on the couch, face down, butt naked, with my dog Jerry asleep on my ass.
Jambul Machete to the head, still aint dead.
Jeff Stewart A chronology for Survival
Brian Castillo I get a lot of shit for riding the same spots every day but im 35 and I dont care anymore.
Quitters Ross Tanner
Video Days John Dye
Chris Silvas two page spread of an insane over grind in Toronto. Photo by Scott Barker.
|issue 5 - november 2011 (download)
Video Days Cru Jones.
Soapbox The Count on Plastic Pegs.
Colts Addy Snowdon.
Backyard The first seven years.
Hoang Tran The Scenic Route.
Chris Doyle The Weather Man.
Farren Downes Falling Down.
Aaron Ross Rainbow Piss.
George French The brains behind Gsport.
Gabe Brooks Nigguh with Attitude.
|issue 6 - january 2012 (download)
Cory Martinez On Plastic Pegs
Darcy Saccucci And His Pivotal Moment
Rise Of The Tin Man Clint Reynolds Breaks His Femur
Adam Wasylenko Working In A Coalmine
Paper Trail UK Magazines, A Retrospective
Tom Dugan I Hate The Duganator
Tom Sanders The Jack Of All Trades Is The Master Of None
Matthew Roe In The Clouds
Derek Nelson People Are Strange, Kill Yourself
Max Wood A Proper Love Story
Section Songs Soundtrack To Our Lives
Stewart Johnson Under The Mask.
|issue 7 - march 2012
John Vandever Homan III: Diary of A Madman
Bob Haro: Haro Remastered
Garret Reynolds: Chasing Some Kind Of Little Thrill.
Scott Ditchburn: At Ease
Geoff Slattery: Rolling With The Punches
Dwelling Portably: Within The FBM Anit-Social Network.
|issue 8 - may 2012
Mass Observation Theo Simpson
Bouncing Round Brad Simms
Get Lost United In Argentina
All City Andrew Clarke
Dives Bombs and Heavy Petting Dean Dickinson
Pick Your Battles- Matt Beringer.
The Experiment Salt Lake City.
|issue 9 - july 2012
The Burrows - A Refugee Camp Of Sorts
Stealing The Show - Barspinner Ryan Brennan.
Jailbird - Pete Bond
High & Bound - United x Eclat Photogallery.
No Saint - Chris Mahoney.
History Of Street - Walking To The Beat Of Your Own Drum
Live Free Or Die - Clint Reynolds.
Off The Grid - Russ Barone.
A-Town Trash - Always Trashy, Never Classy
The Porno Couple - Angel Long and Mark Taylor
Self Defence - Always Run
Devotion To The Cause - Inside Zeal Distro.
|issue 10 - september 2012
The Wall Of Death The Greatest Show On Earth.
The Sabbath Sean Mckinney.
Thats Show Business Bob Haro.
Front Row Seat Bob Scerbo Photography.
I Dont Have A Problem With BMX Martyn Tambling.
Observations From The Drivers Seat Craig Passero.
The Freewheelin Bob Scerbo.
Pleasantville George Boyd.
Words Made Fresh Think Before You Put Fingers To Keys.
Why So Simple Forget The Cookie Cutter Roadtrips.
Philly Cop Seth Stellfox.
Breakfast With Champions Leland Thurman.