August 26, 1993 |
The Scene: Tuesday's West Coast launch party for Vibe magazine at the Mayan. The 10-issues-a-year mag, a co-venture between Quincy Jones and Time Warner, is described by editor Jonathan Van Meter as "Rolling Stone for the post-rock 'n' roll generation." One clue that indicates Vibe won't be covering Crosby, Stills and Nash reunions, Carly Simon revivals or Eagles re-issues is the cover featuring emerging hip-hop artist Snoop Doggy Dogg.
June 5, 1997 |
TV & MOVIES Made for TV: Christopher Reeve and Wesley Snipes will both star in two-hour ABC movies next season. In his first lead acting role since his 1995 horseback riding accident, Reeve will play a paralyzed man who believes he has witnessed a murder from his apartment window in a remake of the Alfred Hitchcock classic "Rear Window." Snipes, meanwhile, will star in "Futuresport," a "Rollerball"-like action drama about a "'dangerous new game" that decides "the fate of entire countries."
June 7, 1997 |
The pop music world was thrown into a spin this week when the owners of Vibe magazine, the nation's leading hip-hop journal, bought Rolling Stone's chief rival in the rock field. Wednesday's $42-million purchase of Spin magazine gives Vibe Ventures a powerful one-two punch in the publishing world and raises numerous questions in the record industry. Among them: Will the new owners shift Spin from its alternative rock base to a more mainstream focus?
September 17, 1992 |
MTV, chili peppers and Seattle-scene hoopla aside, it looks as if, at long last, rock 'n' roll is finally dead. The last nail in its coffin seems to have been pounded this week by Vibe magazine, which hopes to become the official voice of rock's cultural replacement: the hip-hop nation. Monday, 200,000 copies of Vibe's preview issue hit the streets for a nationwide test run. Judging from all cultural weather vanes, such a publication's timing is perfect.
September 15, 1992 |
Quincy Jones made his name producing music--not magazines. But the world's best-known record producer--the man behind Michael Jackson's "Thriller" album--says he's getting into the magazine business because he's fed up with rock music magazines such as Rolling Stone that virtually ignore rap. "Rolling Stone makes second-class citizens out of the people in this business who are icons," said Jones.
April 14, 2002 |
The beginning of the end of life as we know it occurred here, on a beaten patch of asphalt out in the vast, flat no man's land of greater Los Angeles. The beginning of the end came unannounced. There was no salute, no blast of trumpets or heavenly choir. It came in the sunken heat of summer at an abandoned drive-in movie theater called the Roadium. The Roadium was graced by a grand arched gate that, in its day, promised entry to whatever secret kingdom Hollywood could conjure.