It must have been fun to work at Warner/Reprise in 1969. There were so many great groups on their roster: Joni Mitchell, Van Dyke Parks, Jimi Hendrix, Frank Zappa, the Kinks, the Grateful Dead… They were the cool label. Selling those records to all the hip kids must have been a piece of cake. Or … Continue reading Great ideas in record label marketing: Free Dirt
One of the things that inspired us to start Glorious Noise in 2001 was Jim DeRogatis’ biography of Lester Bangs, Let It Blurt. Our first big, multi-post project was to dig through a bunch of old copies of Rolling Stone magazine and liberate original record reviews written by Bangs but never republished. Then sometime around … Continue reading Once again yet even more Lester Bangs in Rolling Stone
Rolling Stone recently ran a Readers’ Poll of The Best Smashing Pumpkins Songs, as selected by their readers. The response was so large and varied that they decided to make it a Top 20 list instead of the regular Top 10 with Rolling Stone Readers’ Polls. I had been planning on running a Five From the Archive piece … Continue reading Five From the Archive: Smashing Pumpkins in 2011
The Stone gets a facelift and a new online biz plan. We have some tips.
Yep, elections have consequences and after years of hyper capitalism and oversight-free marketeerism, the Big Wigs in Washington are starting to think bigger isn’t always better for the consumer. This week Rolling Stone reports that lawmakers have asked the Department of Justice to review the merger between live event ticketing mega-giant Ticketmaster and event promoter … Continue reading Senate Urges Review of Ticketmaster-Live Nation Merger
The Open Letter to Rolling Stone that everyone is attributing to Joan Jett was actually written by Maya Price. Updated links 11/26/2008.
When looking around for something to write about, I checked out rollingstone.com, figuring that there might be a hook or a bit of news that would be worth noting on this site. For example, I was pleased to see there that Elvis Costello will be releasing Cruel Smile next month, which will include live cuts … Continue reading Bang a Gong, Get It On
Another chapter in the ongoing tale of how the media business sucks Rolling Stone has finally given up. Yep, according to the New York Times, Jann Wenner has hired a limey editor who’s going to have the magazine doing the Full Monty posthaste—by this I mean employing the we-need-to-be-more-like-Maxim formula of shorter stories, more pictures, … Continue reading Everybody Must Get Stoned
So I actually listened to the songs that Mick’s Web site is streaming from his new album, Goddess in the Doorway: “Visions of Paradise”—Perhaps if Eddie Money had recorded this song in 1988 I might have liked it. “Joy”—Would someone please just kill Bono? “God Gave Me Everything”—At least this song rocks a bit. Would’ve … Continue reading Mediocre Mick
Check out this letter to the editor from the July 6, 1972 issue of Rolling Stone: I can’t help but notice that nearly every time you mention Detroit, it’s some sort of put-down. I wish you wouldn’t pass judgment on an entire city. Not everyone around here holds John Sinclair as his savior, or spends … Continue reading Smartass Motor City Punks