The blog My Life – in Concert! posts scanned highlights from the pages of Sing Out!, the “folk music bible” that served as an early stomping ground for Paul Nelson and was a prequel of sorts to rock criticism. Sing Out! is a folk-focussed journal that was inaugurated in 1950 and survives until this day. But it was in the mid-60s, at the height of … Continue reading Highlights from Sing Out!, 1964-1966
A New Schedule and New Feel for Spin Magazine (Ben Sisario, NYT) Starting with its March issue, Spin’s print edition will be published six times a year in a larger format, which the magazine says will allow it to run longer features and better showcase its photography. After having its dimensions gradually shrink over the years, the revamped publication will measure 9½ inches by 12 … Continue reading Spin Going Bi-monthly
A pretty interesting perspective on RS by Martha Nichols, an early reader. RS has long been criticized for its boomer music sensibility and cluelessness about race and gender. I was a feminist in the ’70s, and while that’s not why I read Rolling Stone, it’s ultimately why I got tired of it. That essentially male voice is so relentlessly sure it’s right, that it knows … Continue reading Rolling Stone: Why Don’t I Love You Anymore?
BAM revamped as a website. [BAM founder] Dennis Erokan, a Lafayette resident who has been running the public relations firm Placemaking Group for the last five years, started BAM magazine as a bi-weekly free publication back in 1975. Over the years, it became an entrenched part of the area music scene, especially once it started hosting the Bammy Awards in 1978. In the ’80s, BAM … Continue reading BAM is Back (as a website)
Not something one comes across every day. (Sadly, one of my singles-reviewing heroes, Ken Barnes, is sliced by a scanner.) Continue reading Lester Bangs in Billboard
Couldn’t say for sure (although maybe it’s mentioned in one of the rap histories out there), but this Billboard piece from November 1979 by Radcliffe Joe and Nelson George surely must be a contender. (Also: woo-hoo, Billboard now on Google Books!) Continue reading First Feature Article on Rap in a Mainstream Music Publication?
Michaelangelo Matos at The Daily on the digitized second life of various ‘zines (including Smash Hits). A few years ago, it looked like the DVD-ROM was going to be the last refuge of old archives, when venerable titles such as Rolling Stone and Playboy put their catalogs out as a series of discs, housed in DVD-style cases. But the increasing presence of “cloud” data holding … Continue reading Way-back Issues
The Big Takeover turns 30. “Sixty-six issues in three decades might not sound like much compared to monthlies like Spin, which have outdistanced [founder Jack] Rabid in sheer numbers. But The Big Takeover has been clocking well over 100 pages per issue since the late ’80s.” Continue reading Big Takeover Celebrates 30 Years
I don’t subscribe to MOJO or read it with any regularity whatsoever anymore — I did for a few years when I worked at the record store — in part because of the daunting price tag (I think it runs around $13 here) and in part because I’m just not that compelled by its contents very often (though whenever I do look at an issue, … Continue reading An American MOJO?
Did Pitchfork Kill the Rock Critic? The changing landscape of music journalism By Alex Baumgardner, NewCity Music I’m not really the person to comment on this, given just how infrequently over the years I’ve visited Pitchfork. (I know there are people all over the web who wear comments like that as if they’re a badge of honour or something, but truthfully, I’ve just never felt … Continue reading Did Pitchfork Kill the Rock Critic?