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TO CD OR NOT CD
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
SHEER ART ATTACK
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
WOT, NO RUNRIG?
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.