August 09, 2006

Isn't it Ironic, Don't You Think?

I had a one year susbscription to Rolling Stone Magazine back in the late '90s. I liked some of the covers, but it didn't take me long to realize that the magazine was full of nothing but useless drivel. I guess a person can't expect much more from a publication that used to employ Kurt Loder as one of its writers.

Well, it appears the magazine is now trying to atone for past sins of of being a crappy periodical. Led Zeppelin has been named "The Heaviest Band of All Time" by the magazine. How ironic. During the release of Zeppelin's first album, RS labeled the band as music thieves and imitators and continued to bash the band until the release of "Physical Graffiti" some eight years later. Zeppelin went on to become one of the most popular rock bands of all time immediately after the release of the first album and refused to do interviews with RS for the next thirty-something years.

The article mentions that the retail chain, Target, reports that their top selling printed T-shirt is a remake of Zeppelin's Swan Song logo shirt from the 1977 North American Tour. So, almost forty years after the release of LZ's first album that sparked the long running fued with Rolling Stone Magazine, the band is still popular and selling millions of albums to a new generation. I wonder how many issues Rolling Stone Magazine is selling these days.


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