For the editors of Think Magazine,
While I'm tempted to graciously thank all those who've participated in making the magazine, which for the first time in this yearning life of mine, has finally given me the necessary tools with which to think with, today I find it more appealing to congratulate only one of your talented writers.
This is Jason Schell for his enlightening article in issue #18, or as the semi-observant reader would suggest: the one with the wonderful aphorism of a title, entitled: "The nail that stands up, gets beaten down".
Words will never approximate the puddle of gratitude I'd like to trip him into, for his advisory reading and viewing materials. Without these I undeniably would never've been blessed with the insight to understand so profoundly the world I live in.
Without the aid of these sources provided with such splendid generosity, there's not a way conceivable that I would've been able to draw out these remarkable conclusions, and if perchance I would've gathered the courage and audacity required to think such grandiose thoughts on my own, I am thoroughly aware that I would be incapable of expressing them with such astounding creativity.
Is he part of that ex-pat community I hear so much about? Keep up the good work in printing the inspiring pieces which enable me to make use of my abandoned intellect.
- a fan
Thank you Think Magazine,
For all the awesome coverage of Prague's club scene. I always used to feel a bit unhip for not hanging out at Roxy or Ladvi, and for not going to raves. After reading your magazine, I feel a lot better. These club promoters and party goers sound like vapid morons who are in serious need of some new lives.
- Karen Chasin, via email
The roots of gothic music and deathrock culture go all the way back to the early 70s, beginning with David Bowie - whose androgynous stylings and highly - developed personae had more of a direct influence on the goth scene than his music (unless you count Bauhaus' cover of "Ziggy Stardust").
Vintage Bowie had a highly theatrical nature, giving off the illusion that you could create your own more dramatic and profound world, which you didn't necessarily have to exit once you left the stage or the night club.
A pet-peeve of mine is when some dunderhead speaks with authority about something they know so little about. Try going back a little farther in music history than the 70's... Like the 1950's.
Screaming Jay Hawkins bursting out of a coffin in full horrorshow voodoo make-up and cape as he sung "I Put a Spell on You"... frightened teens running toward the exits as people in the balcony chanted "Worms... WORMS! " and threw rubberbands on them in the darkness. Nervous Norvis singing the song TRANSFUSION... "Make mine type-O, daddy-o".
Ronnie Hawkins singing the song ROCKIN' BONES... "When I die don't you bury me at all, just nail my bones up on the wall, and underneath let these words be seen, 'Here lie the bloody gears of a rocking machine". Flash forward to the early 60's, and The Sonics singing the song STRYCHNINE... "Blood is red, poison is blue, strychnine is good, for what is ailing YOU! ".
The Count 5 posing in capes and hooded robes in front of the haunted Winchester Mystery House for their album cover. Syndicate of Sound all dressed in black and dark glasses, wearing one black glove each. Flash forward to the late 60's/early 70's and ALICE COOPER. Hello? Hello? I could give you at least a hundred more. There was a whole world before David Bowie turned from a folksinger into a cross-dressing glitter rocker.
There were others who were much more influential AFTER Bowie too. Need I remind you of THE CRAMPS? How about THE UNDEAD aka SID TERROR AND THE UNDEAD from San Francisco... who actually coined the musical terms "Death rock" and "Gothic" and were a major influence on Bauhaus and Specimen long, LONG before The Bat Cave club opened in London. Hello? Hello?
Give it up until you know what you are talking about. Panhandle 10Kc so you can buy a clue.
- Monty Brando
I usually write scathing letters to magazines that I feel don't live up to their potential, but I have to start out saying that I am really impressed with your publication. It's probably the best broad-based culture magazine out there. Of course, you could still piss me off in some future issue. I may have overdone my praises, But we'll see.
- anonymous writer