Faber strikes chord with music mag

<p>Faber is launching a pop music magazine with Domino Recording Company, the independent label behind Arctic Monkeys and Franz Ferdinand. The first issue of <em>Loops</em>, billed as an antidote to the &quot;hype, snark and solipsism of current music journalism,&quot; will be published in July 2009. The twice-yearly magazine will retail for &pound;12.99 in the UK and be sold through both newsstands and bookshops.</p><p>The magazine is the latest in a series of ventures for Faber outside its normal publishing programme. Last week it gave rights director Jason Cooper responsibility to develop new businesses exploiting its 79 year-old brand.</p><p>Non-fiction editor Henry Volans has now been promoted to the new role of head of digital publishing with a brief to ramp up the company&#39;s digital licensing programme and exploit other digital opportunities. Faber is also relaunching its website and recently went into an online partnership with film production company Focus Features.</p><p>A joint publishing venture between the two companies, Loops will be edited by Faber publishing director for fiction Lee Brackstone and Domino&#39;s Richard King. The editorial board will include Faber crime editor Angus Cargill and novelists Hanif Kureishi and Jonathan Lethem. Essays being commissioned and considered for the first two issues include Ian Rankin writing about glamrock band The Pleasures, Sonic Youth frontman Thurston Moore on jazz vocalist Patty Waters, Guardian columnist Marina Hyde on the &quot;celebrity contestant vocal style,&quot; and a tour diary by the American punk roots rocker Bonnie &quot;Prince&quot; Billy.</p><p>&quot;This is a coming together of great independents from the worlds of music and books,&quot; said Brackstone. &quot;Loops aims to be a haven for adventurous<br />long-form music writing.&quot;<br /></p>