Magazine article Guitar Player

From the Editor

Magazine article Guitar Player

From the Editor

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THIS IS THE LAST NOIZE I WILL BE WRITING AS EDITOR IN CHIEF OF GUITAR Player. I have viewed these past 21 years as a tremendous joy and responsibility, and I have never taken it for granted that I work for you. My job as your humble servant and steward of a beloved 51-year-old brand has been to educate, entertain, challenge, evolve, evangelize, seek out talent and promote it, evaluate new products, and keep the GP staff happy and inspired to do its best for our readers. I have loved every minute of this job.

I have valued and respected all of your criticisms--the constructive ones, as well as the angry and abusive ones--because that just meant you cared deeply about the magazine. I have met every famous musician I could have ever imagined meeting, and I got to spend a lot of time hanging out with readers. I really enjoy face-to-face interactions with people as nuts about guitar as I am.

When I bought my first Guitar Player in the early '70s at a local music shop in San Francisco's Sunset District, I would never have dared hope that I would get the incredible opportunity to be its editor one day. I really got to live a "wow" kind of life for more than two decades, and for that gift I thank Ed Sengstack and Ross Garnick (the publishing team that originally brought me to GP in 1997), as well as Pat Cameron, Dominic Milano, Joe Gore, Jas Obrecht, James Rotondi, Lonni Gause, Andy Ellis, Rich Leeds, Cynthia Smith, and everyone on the then-Miller Freeman team who agreed to invite me into their magnificent playground.

But as the cliche says--and the cliche is spot-on in this case--"all good things must come to an end."

Future Publishing purchased NewBay on April 3, 2018, and after reviewing challenging financial prospects for the music group, several employees were made redundant. I was one of them. …

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