THE FACE magazine – the first 50 issues

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The Face magazine was a monthly independent music publication launched in May 1980 providing a totally new slant on modern dance music, incorporating a photo-laden style more often seen in the middle class ladies magazines of the day.

It’s style changed immensely during it’s lifetime, originating from a showcase for the popular quasi-independent music acts of the time, before evolving into a lifestyle magazine focusing more on fashion and style trends of youth culture.

Beset by imitators, a loss of direction and identity, The Face began to lose its influence in a crowded market and was closed in May 2004.

Check out the covers of all 50 issues at the link at the bottom of this page. Also, for THE FACE fans, Paul Gorman has written a book about the story of The Face. Click on the image below.