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Greg Mitchell: Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree

December 24th, 2009, 03:12 am admin Leave a comment Go to comments

Well, I’ve had better Christmases — thanks to learning a few days ago that my magazine, Editor & Publisher, faces a January 1 expiration notice after publishing for only 125 years. So, to cheer myself up, I launched earlier this week the trailer for my upcoming (and first) Web series, “The Incompleat History of Rock ‘n Roll.”

Perhaps it will get you, in the immortal words of Brenda Lee, to start “rockin’ around the Christmas tree” yourself. In any case, David Wild, writer and contributing editor at Rolling Stone, this week at Huff Post called it “the most promising upcoming Web music series.”

It features clips of Elvis, Ricky Nelson, Roy Orbison, Bob Dylan and Neil Young. A photo that John Lennon gave me in my Crawdaddy days that finds him “just pissing about.” A look at the very first major article about Bruce Springsteen that I helped create. And, on a personal note, a photo of me when I was age three about to spin a record; the ticket stub for my first rock concert (electric Dylan, 1965); me with Springsteen in 1973; and even a movie still that finds me with Jeff Goldblum.

And, somehow, more.

So, consider this either my Christmas gift to all of you — or coal in your stocking. Either way, don’t forget to rock!
Greg Mitchell is editor of Editor & Publisher. He was executive editor at Crawdaddy from 1971 to 1979.

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