The Name Game

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February 19, 2013 by admin

The important thing about Musician magazine is that it is named Musician magazine. It is not named Music magazine. It is not named Sociology magazine. It is not named Popular Culture, Politics and Anything Else the Editor Likes magazine. And it is certainly not named Critical Theory magazine. Why? Because musicians are interesting and everything else is boring. Well, okay. Music is intensely interesting when listened to. When written about, it is boring. Try it sometime.

Charles M. Young, “15 Years of Musician: Why We Write About What We Write About” (Musician, August 1991)

(For the record, I would happily buy a magazine called Popular Culture, Politics and Anything Else the Editor Likes, which describes pretty much every great magazine ever, though not Musician, which was also once in a while a great magazine.)

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