RE: My opinion
Posted by: ChrisD ()
Date: August 02, 2000 10:45PM

While you have some very good points, John Q, uneducated comments like "they don't read magazines in the US..." only serve to make you sound like some knee-jerking cynic and undermine your arguments. The reality is that none of the "major" MHR/AOR mags (Boulevard, Frontiers, Hard Roxx, etc.)managed to secure any sort of consistent distribution here in the States (or--based on my time in Toronto-- in Canada).

I can walk into any Borders, Tower Books or Barnes&Noble and buy European magazines about damn near anything else (PC Answers, Cooking U.K., Metal Hammer, Record Collector and Modern Home & Bath, to name a few), and can even pick up Burrrn!! and obscure U.K.fanzines, but I could never go to a news agent or bookstore and find say, Powerplay or even Classic Rock magazine. For that matter, I cannot subscribe to such publications without paying exorbitantly because I am in the US.

This sucks, especially when you consider that the reality is that the growth of this music is dependant on getting the music and the news out to the fans. Andrew does a helluva job. Plus, Frontiers, Songhaus and Kivel are making a solid effort to bring it to us in the US. It just needs to go a step further.

Everyday, I can turn on the radio and hear Journey, Boston, Styx, Bon Jovi and (occasionally) Night Ranger so I know that there is a market for this music. While the rise of bands like Matchbox 20, No Doubt, and Third Eye Blind has reshaped US rock radio, there still is a mainstream rock format that is not being worked at properly. With the right marketing, I believe better bands like Two Fires, Ten, and Crown of Thorns could land airplay. I also believe that, if everyone (labelwise, journalistwise and fanwise) could get behind one high-quality bi-monthly MHR/AOR publication with international distribution it would be successful in the longterm. In the words of one popular AOR chestnut, "Only time will tell...."

Chris D

Navigate: Previous MessageNext Message
Options: ReplyQuote

SubjectViewsWritten ByPosted
I'd like other's people's opinions on this post 335BLM08/02/2000 08:59AM
RE: My opinion 254John Q08/02/2000 12:18PM
Stop, you're getting me all depressed...;-( 248Peter M. Bietenholz08/02/2000 10:04PM
RE: Stop 315John Q08/03/2000 07:05AM
RE: Stop 267Dave08/03/2000 07:19AM
Futureal 683Surfpunk08/03/2000 08:10AM
3 Doors Down 230EVE608/04/2000 12:37AM
HOUSE OF LORDS 221Mark Ashton08/04/2000 08:00PM
RE: HOUSE OF LORDS 275John Q08/05/2000 02:59PM
The "Empires" cd fiasco.... 244 Kevin 08/06/2000 04:27PM
RE: My opinion203 ChrisD 08/02/2000 10:45PM
RE: My opinion 272Dave08/03/2000 01:14AM
RE: My opinion 283John Q08/03/2000 06:39AM
contradictory post award 204Pete08/03/2000 12:51AM
RE: contradictory post award..ooops 246Pete08/03/2000 01:25AM
Down with John Q! 230Surfpunk08/03/2000 04:48AM
Classic Rock magazine 273Steve, Denmark08/06/2000 11:47PM

Sorry, only registered users may post in this forum.
Powered by Phorum.

Disclaimer: takes no responsibility for the contents of messages posted on this open forum, or for the sanity of those posting.