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American Record Guide

September/October 2014 issue

The September/October issue was ready at the usual time. The mailing house we usually use could not mail it. We contracted with another mailer in St Louis. Despite those delays it was scheduled to be mailed August 25. The trucking firm was a day late from what they promised. The postal clerk rejected the mail; he was an idiot,of course. The supervisor reprimanded him (or her), a lot of good that does. The trucking firm then failed to redeliver the mail to the post office day after day. It all sat in a truck terminal in Cincinnati while I, the St Louis mailer, and the postal supervisors all tried to get them to deliver it. This is MAIL, but, alas, this is America, where most people are incompetent and can't do the simplest jobs without screwing up.

 

Our latest hope is that the issue will go out Friday, August 29, but that is very optimistic in light of how stupid people have been. And that, of course, is Labor Day weekend. Lots of people won't even be working Friday, and who at the postal service will be working Saturday, Sunday, or Monday? ARG will sit in a postal center somewhere and go nowhere. So who knows when our subscribers will get the latest issue?

Founded in 1935; American Record Guide is America's oldest classical music review magazine.

 

In 1992 it absorbed the editorial side of Musical America, so it also covers important concerts, orchestras, and musicians on the American scene.

 

 We cover only classical music. There are up to 500 reviews in every issue, written by a freelance staff of over 80 writers and music critics. Most issues have an "Overview", an extensive survey of recordings of one composer or one area of the repertoire, such as "Guitar Music".

 

"Independence" is a guiding principle: in an industry dominated by advertising, ARG remains free of advertiser influence, which results in few ads and no puff pieces for record labels or artists.

ARG is no longer sold in most stores. A few independent stores still carry it, but distribution thru the large chains (like Barnes & Noble) has become too much a money-loser for us. Statistics show that the internet is not killing off magazines in general; more people are reading them than ever. But we hope you will subscribe. Subscribers are what keeps us going.

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—Norman Podhoretz

 

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