Thursday, July 16, 2009

I Shot Off Bottle Rockets from Whiskey Town

I had mixed feelings for the ill fated demise of the alt country herald No Depression.
On the one hand it was the most accessible and definitive rag on Americana and Roots Rock. But on the other hand how many ads and reviews for Big Al and the Randy Mountain Boys can you wade through before you get to the 1 or 2 articles or reviews that mean something to you. I know that that is subjective and speaks for most publications but you really don't wish that from a medium you have a real affinity for.
I mean, when you hear that a magazine has taken the plunge, one of the the first thoughts is that readership is down or there is significant dis-interest. I don't think the movement for roots music is waning as much as maybe its taken on another shape in the form of My Face or Space Book.
Which is especially sad if you reside in the weeds like we do. Where dial-up is the only option and Walgreen's is your best bet as a newsstand.
That's why Rolling Stone (which at one time was one of Rock's most liberal and heady forms of anti-establishment propaganda) is the last vestige of rock reality as I know it and even that is quickly heading for tabloid heck.
It now bares too close of a resemblance to it's sister publication; US Weekly( weakly).
Before you know it Rolling Stone will carry debates on Who Wore It Best along with forums on Rock-n-Roll panty lines.

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