Magazine article Guitar Player

Millennium Schmillennium

Magazine article Guitar Player

Millennium Schmillennium

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When that big lighted ball swoops down on Times Square and drop kicks the 20th Century into coffee-table picture books, it will simply be another new year for me. Hey, why add to the pressure of assessing the past 12 months--and forging idealized resolutions for the year to come--by carrying the baggage for an entire century? It's easy to leave Y2K hysteria to the paranoid, predictions of future events to 900-number psychics, and "Lifestyle 2000" features to fashion mags and copycats. Just say no.

After all, it is enough of a frightening proposition to deal with the detris of a single year--all the triumphs and tragedies, smart moves and idiotic screw-ups, and so on. The assessment process is especially brutal for a magazine staff, as anyone with a 33-cent stamp or e-mail access can unload on you. Every day, the GP editors toil under an extremely focused critical microscope. Every cover, photo caption, gear list, lesson, and article is scrutinized by readers and, quite often, commented upon.

The weird thing is--we wouldn't have it any other way. For one thing, the majority of commentary is extremely complimentary. (Hurray!) But even more important than laudatory e-mail is the fact that we can interact with our reader community. While we feel it's our job to expose you to new and exciting areas, we also take measures to ensure that the majority of GP fans are getting what they want from the mag.

To this end, every single letter and e-mail that finds its way to the office is distributed to the staff. …

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