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In Reply to: RE: ARG is "American Record Guide" posted by pbarach on April 17, 2017 at 04:05:09
Unfortunately I am not a a subscriber. I am also located on another continent where any chance of finding a newstand copy is zero. This means that I will not be able to read the guest editorial that is the basis of this thread. However I also respect its author's desire that any comments should be based upon having read it!
Pretty much the story with most of the publishing industry, at least on this side of the pond.
Not know if ARG still publishes on paper, but I would doubt it.
Yes, they still publish a paper issue. The editor of the magazine, Donald Vroon, is, shall we say, "old-school" and provides only a paper subscription. You can, however, as a subscriber, go to the website and download or view PDF files of recent issues. Right now, only the January/February and March/April issues are available free for subscribers.
On newsstand availability, Mr. Vroon writes on the website:
"ARG is no longer sold in most stores. A few independent stores still carry it, but distribution thru the large chains (like Barnes & Noble) has become too much a money-loser for us. Statistics show that the internet is not killing off magazines in general; more people are reading them than ever. But we hope you will subscribe. Subscribers are what keeps us going."
They do sell some back issues, and now it looks like you can buy PDFs of back issues, too. The paper issues are $3 - $7 depending on age, and the PDFs are $6. The availability of paper back issues is spotty. You can buy the one discussed in this thread as a PDF for $6.
I received the current issue late last week and haven't had time to check it out. Madeline's essay is a "Guest Editorial" starting page 52, part of the "Critical Convictions" segment of the magazine. This is where Mr. Vroon waxes poetic on many issues that will either entertain or enrage, depending on your outlook.
Mr. Vroon also reviews albums, and his reviews are known for being pithy to say the least. He, like Chris, is not a fan of HIP.
One reason I grew disenchanted with ARG is because Donald Vroon's editorials and reviews often seemed underlaid with an old-guy "You kids get off my lawn!" crankiness to them. OTOH, Madeline said she found him a delight to deal with.
I would love to have lunch with him and pick his brain about music and the music industry. He is a true character.
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