Journalists

Wednesday, December 15, 2004: David Fricke

Interviewed by Warren Zanes

David Fricke is currently the senior editor at Rolling Stone magazine and though he has been on staff there since 1985, he started writing for the magazine in 1979.  He is a regular contributor to MOJO magazine in England, the US correspondent for Melody Maker for 18 years and has contributed to the UK publications New Musical Express and Uncut.  Fricke is a three-time winner of the ASCAP Deems Taylor award for excellence in music journalism. He has also contributed liner notes to many major CD-reissue releases, including box sets by the Byrds, the Velvet Underground, Metallica, Nirvana, the Grateful Dead, the Faces and the soundtrack to The Last Waltz.

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Alternative Press journalists

Wednesday, November 16, 2005

Interviewed by Warren Zanes

Mike Shea

Mike Shea started Alternative Press out of his bedroom when he was 19 years old living at his mom's house in Aurora, Ohio. The first issue of AP, a offset-printed, four-page combination of a punk fanzine designed like a high school newspaper, was handed out the night of June 6, 1985 at the Cleveland Underground punk bar that was located in the Flats in downtown Cleveland, Ohio. More than 25 years later, AP is now one of the largest and most influential media companies in the United States for the discovery of new music, producing not only the flagship magazine, but concert program guides (Lollapalooza, Ozzfest, Take Action and the Vans Warped Tour), special events through its PunxDirtySecret division, the annual SXSW Emo's Saturday afternoon showcase, and THE AP TOUR- the incredibly successful concert tour that has played to sold-out clubs in over 35 cities in the US and Canada. Additionally, Summer 2010 saw the proud (three year in the making) launch of the official AP/Advent Clothing Stage on the 2010 Vans Warped Tour.

Mike produces and hosts THE AP PODCAST, available on iTunes. The exclusive, behind-the-scenes music interview show, averages over 50,000 downloads a show and is consistently one of the top rated music podcasts on iTunes. He's branched out to produce THE AP SESSIONS, a documentary-style music video series exclusively shown on altpress.com.

Jason Pettigrew

Cleveland Alternative Press editor-in-chief, Pettigrew was a surly Pennsylvania record store employee a la High Fidelity  for many years before discovering AP at a show in Cleveland back when fax machines were de rigeur. He has worked full-time for AP nearly two decades, and has amassed a whole bunch of memories that would mean absolutely nothing to most people, yourself included—but they're his, so leave him alone. He remains cooler than your parents, aunts and uncles, because unlike them, he can wax rhapsodic about everything from My Chemical Romance to the Dillinger Escape Plan to Rene Hell to Pulled Apart By Horses. He has no tattoos or piercings and prides himself on not having substance abuse issues, social diseases or restraining orders taken against him—all things anybody in this line of work have been saddled with at least one moment in time.

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Wednesday, June 3, 2009:  Dave Marsh

In conjunction with the Rock Hall exhibit From Asbury Park to the Promised Land: The Life and Music of Bruce Springsteen

Interviewed by Dr. Lauren Onkey

Dave Marsh is a noted rock critic, historian, anticensorship activist and talk show host. Marsh co-founded Creem, the legendary rock and roll magazine that helped launch heavy metal, glam and punk, and spent five years as an associate and contributing editor of Rolling Stone, where he was chief music critic, columnist and feature writer.

Additionally, he has written more than 20 books about rock and popular music. Marsh's first book, Born to Run: The Bruce Springsteen Story (Doubleday) was published in 1979. It made the New York Times best-seller list. Glory Days: Bruce Springsteen in the 1980s, a sequel to Born to Run, appeared in 1987, and became a national hardcover bestseller. (In 2003, Routledge published Born to Run and Glory Days in a single volume with an epilogue, titled Two Hearts.) In 2005, he wrote text for Bruce Springsteen On Tour. He has also written books on Michael Jackson, the Who, Elvis Presley, and the Beatles.


In 2004, Marsh began hosting Kick Out the Jams, a weekly two hour radio talk show about music and social and political issues on the Sirius Satellite Network. In 2008, he began hosting Live from the Land of Hopes and Dreams, a politically based call-in show on Sirius. The following year, he added Live from E Street Nation, a weekly live dialogue with Springsteen fans.



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