Wednesday, July 29th, 2009
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No More Music Magazines: The Problem With Publicists and the Celeb Industrial Complex, Part XXVI

BEYONCE'S HOT PANTSSlate's Jonah Weiner writes a good piece about why music magazines are dying. Part of the problem is what they like to call "access": "When I profiled Beyoncé for a 2006 Blender cover story, I was granted one hour to interview her and one hour to observe her at a video shoot. I stayed on the set for three hours, hoping to wring some lively detail from the mundane proceedings, until a bodyguard showed me the door. Beyoncé's mother, Tina, gave me a warm goodbye, then called a publicist to chew her out for letting me hang around so long and accused me of 'going through Beyoncé's underwear.' (I'd quizzed a seamstress about a pair of hot pants she was mending.)"

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atipofthehat (#797)

Are you sure that wasn't former vice president Dick Cheney you interviewed?

Because he doesn't let anyone NEAR his hot pants.

whowhahuh (#57)

Wait there are music magazines? I thought Rollingstone only did hard hitting financial exposes?

whowhahuh (#57)

you're missing the accent egu in Exposé

blanking (#1,096)

Um, the biggest reason music magazines are closing is because the music industry that supported them with ad dollars is in freefall. Add that to the problems the rest of the print publishing industry's woes and you get closings. Kinda simple. Of course, that provable reason couldn't be spun into a flashy — yet meaningless — column about the zeitgeist of music criticism, social networking and Beyonce's hot pants, so, yeah, he didn't do that one.

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