Midnight Oil

[Powderworks] what ever happened to my letter to RS

Heidi Shenk nedkellytheking@hotmail.com
Mon, 17 Feb 2003 18:22:15 -0600

Hey Everyone

Well a while back some of you may remember that I had written a letter to 
Rolling Stone magazine about their lack of coverage on the Oils breakup.  I 
was extremely excited when I got the following email in reply to my letter:


Thank you for your letter to Rolling Stone.

We're interested in publishing it, but first we need to confirm the spelling 
of your full name and adress.


John Taylor,
Austin, Texas

please write me back ASAP

Evan Schlansky
Rolling Stone

I emailed Evan back immediately.  Well...I thought that finally I may have 
been able to get the Oils some credit in some way, and that perhaps RS was 
finally going to pay attention to what really mattered in the music world.  
Well sadly enough, I have checked the most recent issues of RS and still no 
letter.  Instead there was an over abundance of letters having to do with 
Justin Timberlake and Britney Spears.  I am saddened to see what the world 
of music has come to.  And mostly I am saddened that the media shamelessly 
glorifies untalented, commercialized, material shit that cannot even be 
considered music, over musicians that in my own opinion are pure geniuses.  
I'm only 19 now, and more and more am I scared to even wonder what music 
will be like 30 years from now.  I mean seriously, am I going to have to 
live with stuff that keeps getting worse and worse or is it ever going to 
get any better?  I have had to resort to older music which slowly is dying 
out because people are dying, or in the Oils case, bands are breaking up.  
The fact that RS didn't even recognize who the 'real' musicians are in this 
world is completely ridiculous.  I don't know about you guys, but personally 
I'm sick of the good music being replaced by shit.  Rolling Stone is only 
hurting the music world even more by killing everything that is good.  After 
what has happened, I am even more disgusted than I was before and I think 
that I will have to listen to some Oils to wash my mind clean of all those 
nasty, cliche pop tunes.  Please bring on the great music that has meaning 
to it...something that actually means something and makes an impact in my 
life.  Ok...sorry for the rant, but I did think that all you Powderworkers 
would like to know that despite my efforts, still no victory for the quality 


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