Alan Lewis, founder of Kerrang! and the driving force behind several of the country's best know magazines, is to retire at the end of the month.
Lewis, 66, will step down from his current role as editor-in-chief of Record Collector after nine years in the job to be replaced by Ian McCann.
Lewis started his career as a local newspaper sub before moving to Melody Maker in 1969 from where he went on to become the founder-editor of Black Music and Kerrang!, editor of Sounds, NME, No1 and Vox.
He was also instrumental in the launch of Loaded and Uncut, the former of which he acted as editor-in-chief, and had a hand in the development of Family History Monthly.