The gutting of the Voice Voice has been one of the sadder stories in New York City history, once the cornerstone of Greenwich Village radicalism, with the likes of founder Normal Mailer changing beatnik culture. Over the years, writers as great as Jules Feiffer, Nat Hentoff, Robert Christgau, Michael Feingold, Gary Giddens… the list is endless, worked for the weekly paper. It even survived being owned by Rupert Murdoch.
But in 2005 it was bought by New Times Media and it has been a terror paper ever since and is really unreadable. From being the central organ for Left America as well as a shining and brilliant arts and entertainments magazine it is now getting its ass kicked on a weekly basis by sister publication LA Weekly.
Anybody who lived through its golden age hasn’t a good word to say about this shell of a magazine, it is the New York Knicks of journalism. Village Voice is to the village what Brooklynvegan is to Brooklyn. I’ve held off on Brooklynvegan because I consider it a nearly great New York music listings website. But nearly isn’t great and I have never understood why they have ignored so many local bands while fellating every mediocrity that stumbles in from London blinded by sleep and in need of a bed.
Monica Passim, Jahn Xavier, Phil Gammage, and an endless list of New York City rockers from the 70s and 80s are completely ignored. Not to mention rock nyc , who they linked to once 5 years ago and have completely ignored ever since (thanks guys) while putting endless links to the New York Times, the Daily News and others.
Not to mention this ridiculous piece of journalism from yesterday’s Pazz And Jop poll: “You can check out the Top 20 LPs and Tracks in this post and peruse the whole lists at the Village Voice. You can also check out individual ballots and read essays on Kanye, Miley, R Kelly, the emo revival, and others, not to mention loads of pithy blurbs and pie charts.” Wait a second, Brooklynvegan has become a PR agent for VV? Why? Hey guys, these are the folks who FIRED MICHAEL MUSTO AND ROBERT CHRISTGAU AND CHUCK EDDY and who have a frankly lousy magazine.
Andrew Sacher can’t help himself. He is such major kiss ass it is nauseating. They never write a negative word about anyone, and except for audaciously not accepting rock nyc links on their comments pages while approving every troll in the city (I gave up trying), have no urge at all to think about music or take a position on anything but their own cringeworthy excuse for rock criticism.
None of which much matters but when you are giving it up for the Village Voice… well, you maybe many things but you aren’t very nice.
a nightmare that becomes a dream
Creem – America’s Only Rock ‘n’ Roll Magazine, Reviewed Issue By Issue – November 1976 (Volume 8, Number 6)
Roger Daltrey expressed his desire to set Lester Bangs on fire and “piss on him.”
“can’t we at least be the Black Iggy Pops.”
Eileen Shapiro: “Portfolio Of A Rockstar Journalist” With Philip Bailey Bringing Earth, Wind, And Fire
Jazz has always been my first love as a kid
some big country and Americana names
free for all has always been the idea behind EPR
The power-pop sensibilities of the Black Lips
Bey with a double header