Magazine article Guitar Player

Noize from the Editor

Magazine article Guitar Player

Noize from the Editor

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IT'S ALWAYS A MIND BENDER TO WRITE A HOLIDAY-ISSUE column when it's September, and I'm sitting in the San Francisco Bay Area looking out a window at a beautiful, sun-filled day. Maybe it was the same for Bing Crosby trying to act all winter-like for the 1954 film White Christmas when the Hollywood weather was more like Baywatch. But if you look at a December issue as the culmination of a year--well, then there's something to muse about, no matter what the climate is like outdoors. And there has definitely been a lot going on in 2017.

First off, it was Guitar Player's 50th anniversary year, and we've been running special "GP50" content in the magazine since the January 2017 issue. I would have loved to promote a huge concert or a television special, but when you start seeking outlets for those kinds of super-expensive initiatives, you soon realize where you really sit on the cultural-economic plane, and, for GP, where our backsides rested was nowhere near the strata of the Grammys, or the BET Awards, or even Sammy Hagar's Rock and Roll Road Trip. Of course, none of this means that founder Bud Eastman's grand achievement is any less grand, or that all of the editors, readers, and manufacturers who have been a part of this fab community the past five decades are any less awesome. We've built a tribe here, folks. And it has endured. And it continues. So, as we head into 2018, we can, without arrogance or self-importance, salute ourselves for all of the wonders we have shared together. Thanks!

Now, that's the good news. The not-so-groovy news is that 2017 brought us quite a season of change and discontent--as well as all the brutal tragedies that nature can still unleash on us. I'm not pointing fingers at anyone--and, truth be told, I would never criticize Mother Nature, lest she end my time on earth with a well-targeted thunderbolt. …

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