Saturday, January 23, 2010

They Keep Asking

I keep getting these subscription renewal notices.. no, pleadings, from Rolling Stone magazine to renew. I thought my subscription had run out several months ago, and I stopped getting these magazines. Then earlier this week another issue arrived to my surprise, and then another issue along with the plea to renew.

The only reason I got a subscription in the first place was because I purchased something from Amazon and as a kicker, they offered me a year for only a buck. I figured, $1 for 52 issues wasn't bad and maybe it would help bring me up to date on today's music, a topic in which I am woefully lacking (although I really have no regrets about that).

After finding there was pretty much nothing of interest in this magazine, including how it was much too far left for my tastes, I wouldn't even pay $1.00 to renew.

There is only one thing that I would look at in each issue: "From the Vault," which is a listing of the top ten from a past issue. It was interesting to see what was on the charts back in the days when I used to listen to the radio and buy current stuff. For example, in the last issue that arrived, they listed the top 10 singles from January 21, 1970:

1. Raindrops Keep Falling on My Head - B.J. Thomas
2. Venus - Shocking Blue
3. I Want You Back - Jackson 5
4. Someday We'll Be Together - Diana Ross and the Supremes
5. Whole Lotta Love - Led Zeppelin
6. Leaving on a Jet Plane - Peter Paul and Mary
7. Don't Cry Daddy - Elvis Presley
8. Without Love (There is Nothing) - Tom Jones
9. Jam Up Jelly Tight - Tommy Roe
10. I'll Never Fall in Love Again - Dionne Warwick

Some of these songs vividly brought back my newbie high school days. A couple I never even heard of - the ones by Elvis and Tom Jones. And #9 on the list shows that maybe we forget that the past also had its share of junk and it is not all confined to the present day.

And that's the only thing I find of interest in the entire magazine!




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