CR’s So­cial Club

Get so­cial, de­bate and in­ter­act with Clas­sic Rock

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I’ve bought this mag­a­zine since is­sue one. I grew up read­ing Sounds, and Clas­sic Rock be­came my mu­sic bi­ble. I have never writ­ten be­fore, how­ever I feel it’s time.

I do not agree with is­sue 253’s free al­bum be­ing a dig­i­tal down­load. I know you may say that I should get with the times and ac­cept it. Well, I am with the times – I have iPods, iTunes and pay for a le­gal stream­ing ser­vice on my PC, tablets and phone etc. I also buy CDs, which sup­ports bands, and go to many gigs both lo­cally and na­tion­ally. It’s eas­ier to pop a CD in in the car. I don’t want to mess around hav­ing to sort out what tracks I have to down­load then put on a me­mory stick or CD, as not all cars have them…what a load of rub­bish.

I am dis­gusted and dis­ap­pointed that you have done this. I know one soli­tary voice means noth­ing to you, but this is rock mu­sic and it’s more im­por­tant that life or death.

Rant over… very pas­sion­ate about this.

Dave Jor­dan via email Rest as­sured, one voice means very much to us.

We’re ob­vi­ously gut­ted to hear that you were dis­ap­pointed with last month’s dig­i­tal al­bum. In terms of the CDs – don’t worry, they’re not gone for good. At the mo­ment we’re just ex­per­i­ment­ing with a few things, see­ing how things work, gaug­ing re­ac­tions and feed­back (like this!). As you say your­self, peo­ple do con­sume their me­dia in many dif­fer­ent ways now – as we’ve learned from do­ing the print mag­a­zine, the dig­i­tal one, our on­line pres­ence etc – and even from the CR team’s own lis­ten­ing habits… We will still have CDs with CR in the fu­ture, but per­haps just not ev­ery month. (There’s one planned for next month, by the way.) SLASH, MORE THAN JUST GN’ F**KING R Can I just say how much I en­joyed Scott Row­ley’s in­ter­view with Slash this month. I loved Guns back in the day, and I’ve been a fan of all Slash’s solo stuff so far (even the first one, which was a bit more ‘frag­mented’, had some killer tunes if you ask me), but I must ad­mit I did think: “Fuck­ing hell, not more GN’R…’ when the is­sue first dropped through my let­ter box (as a long­time sub­scriber

I’ve seen more than my fair share of Guns-lov­ing from Clas­sic Rock over the years!).

Well, I needn’t have wor­ried; it’s a great read, not too laboured on the usual Axl/Guns/will-they­won’t-they chat, and how great to get a bit more per­son­al­ity from Slash. Clearly it helped that Row­ley and he had some his­tory (that’s a lovely story about Slash phon­ing af­ter TeamRock’s demise; good to see a rock star who cares about some­thing like that). Job well done, thanks!

Julie Robert­son, via email


I en­joyed the lat­est is­sue of Clas­sic Rock, but had to chuckle at Robert El­lis’s rewrit­ing of his­tory in try­ing to launch an at­tack on punk rock when dis­cussing his pho­tos of Queen.

“I loved the fact they were stand­ing up for tra­di­tional rock mu­sic [at Brighton Win­ter Gar­dens in 1975]. Punk was all the rage, but this pose tells you they [Queen] are the real rock

’n’ rollers. [They were] stand­ing up for ev­ery­thing the punks wanted to do away with”.

Given that punk started in 1976 and only started to be “the rage” in 1977, this was in­cred­i­bly pre­scient of them. I’d ac­cuse him of tak­ing a cheap shot just to make a rather ridicu­lous point, but am wor­ried that if I did that he might think I was talk­ing about his photo!

Ian Smith, Southamp­ton


I’ve been pur­chas­ing your mag­a­zine for many years, and I must ad­mit it is al­ways very good. But I do have a slight gripe: in all those years, I can only re­mem­ber one tiny lit­tle ar­ti­cle about Runrig.

Now, sad to say they will never grace a stage again. I trav­elled to Ster­ling last week­end to wit­ness one of their fi­nal shows. My jour­ney was long and tir­ing, and that was just from the South of Eng­land. Many came from all over the world. But you didn’t even men­tion it. Why? The show was amaz­ing, the crowd friendly and in full voice, all there as one big fam­ily to say good­bye to Runrig. Where was you?

John Fer­ney­hough, via email You’ve got us banged to rights here, John. We’ll have to look into do­ing some­thing on Runrig’s legacy in the fu­ture.

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