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Mike Johnson

United States
429 posts
since 3/8/07

01/29/2017 17:46:46 View Mike Johnson's Photo Albums View Mike Johnson's Blog Reply with Quote

The January issue of Bluegrass Unlimited featured a well-written article by Thomas Goldsmith about Banjothon.It was great to have it coincide with this year's event and thanks to editor Linda Shaw and staff I was given a number of complimentary copies to share.In talking about the article both there and in subsequent weeks since with a wide cross section of my musical friends,I was dismayed to discover a large number of folks no longer subscribe to BU.I heard a lot of : "oh,I need to renew that","I meant to do that",and such .The trouble is it seems to me to be a significant number of people. BU has served our little world that is the picking community for over fifty years.I have no personal axe to grind in urging continued support and realize that print magazines and newspapers of all kinds find diminished readership in the digital age, but I would hate to see BU disappear.Other than the anecdotal experience I just recounted I have no reason to believe that BU is endangered but just thought I'd mention it here and on my Facebook page.

pasturepicker

United States
624 posts since 1/27/04

01/30/2017 05:15:19 View pasturepicker's Photo Albums Reply with Quote

It is probably difficult for BU to compete with all the current information about bluegrass music on the internet. A lot of what appears in any print media is now old news. I think BU needs to print more thought provoking articles that are "timeless". Much of what I now read in BU lacks content. After reading an article I often come away with no information gleaned.

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heavy5

United States
110 posts since 11/3/16

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01/30/2017 06:28:22 View heavy5's Photo Albums Reply with Quote

Well Andy , you seem to put on a great festival w/ or w/o BU .

I've been getting BU since it was a few sheets of paper stapled together & would really miss it & the articles therein .

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BobbyE

United States
2523 posts since 11/29/07

01/30/2017 06:40:21View BobbyE's MP3 Archive View BobbyE's Photo Albums Reply with Quote

I too use to be a subscriber to BU but let mine expire several years ago.  Seems like most articles about bands pretty much described each other.  You could just plug in the name of a particular band and that would be about the only difference in the articles.  I longed to know what kind of instrument the players played, how they acquired the instrument,  what they liked about it, etc. but such articles were few and far between. In any event I am afraid that print media has a hard road to hoe in today's culture, but for those who still like print,  wish the best for BU.

Bobby

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TexasbanjoPlayers Union Member

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United States
19286 posts since 8/3/03

01/30/2017 07:47:30 View Texasbanjo's Photo Albums View Texasbanjo's Blog Reply with Quote


Years ago I used to pretty much read it from cover to cover but the last few years I find I read less and less and last year the only reason I renewed was to get the bluegrass calendar for the year.  I'm not going to renew this year, as I won't be attending any festivals far from home. 

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lyndabeePlayers Union Member

United States
123 posts since 8/22/13

01/30/2017 08:05:54View lyndabee's MP3 Archive View lyndabee's Classified Ads View lyndabee's Photo Albums Reply with Quote

I only saw the light - came to bluegrass - three years ago. (I know, hard to believe that something I love so much now was unknown to me when growing up!)  My bluegrass mentor gifted me a subscription to BU then and every year since. It's been invaluable to my bluegrass education, an amazing repository of institutional memory and valued perspective.This level of curatorship is one that you can't get from just googling the internet. The General Store and Notes & Queries columns, the artist profiles and interviews, festival info, etc., are a goldmine of information and the culture of bluegrass. I didn't grow up on bluegrass, so this magazine is a monthly bit if heaven for me.😊

 

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Mike Johnson

United States
429 posts since 3/8/07

01/30/2017 10:07:48 View Mike Johnson's Photo Albums View Mike Johnson's Blog Reply with Quote

I would suggest to those of you who would like to see more depth in content and information in the articles share your concerns with the staff of the magazine.I think you will find them receptive.I too would like to see at least one or more scholarly,historical,technical, or instrument centered article in each issue .I think they are only too glad to consider such submissions for publication.I would agree that band profiles can get tedious and want to see BU remain relevant to the entire picking community for another fifty years.

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