“Magazines were magical to me”

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by Steve Watson in July 2019
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Marvin Scott Jarrett launched Ray Gun magazine in 1992, working with the designer David Carson to create one of the most radical and influential magazines of the decade. After becoming disillusioned with the music industry in the late 90s (he didn’t like boy bands) he went on to launch Nylon magazine in 1999, pioneering a publishing model that embraced both print and digital.

He’s now released a book with Rizzoli looking back at Ray Gun, showcasing some of its most famous artwork and locating it within the music, fashion and design cultures of the 90s. He was in London to promote the book at the end of May, so I caught up with him to speak about his career so far, and how he threw himself into magazine making, learning along the way.

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