Like a lot of magazine readers, I can’t resist turning to a back-page feature first. When I did that today, after receiving the Spring 2013 issue, I saw an opening panel that read; “I started Signal to Noise in 1997…” and I knew the time had finally arrived.
Pete Gershon is retiring the magazine after 15 glorious years, some more difficult than others. Signal to Noise has shrunk considerably as the economics of the record industry have collapsed, shrinking the budgets of the record labels that made up StN‘s primary advertising base. Perhaps more importantly, Gershon is moving on to a new phase in life, so maybe it’s simply time.
While it’s nice that the Web offers the potential for everybody to become a publisher, it’s still sad that the days are long gone when you could go to Tower Records and stumble upon a treasure such as StN. That’s how I got on board, many years ago, and it’s been a great ride. Thanks, Pete.
StN is going out with a bang, featuring The Residents — the newly not-so-anonymous Residents — as its cover story.