Rock 'n Roll Music At Its Best
Some Moments to Remember:
This Week in Rock 'n Roll History
Lovin' Spoonful win a Gold record Top Ten single, "Summer in the City".
The Beatles's "Eleanor Rigby" tops the charts. First Beatles' song that none of the group played an instrument,but performed to score composed by producer George Martin. Paul wrote most of "Eleanor Rigby"; Ringo penned the line, "Writing the words of a sermon that no one will hear."
Jimi Hendrix moved from the United States to the UK, changed name from James to Jimi. Eventually returned to US to play the Monterey International Pop Festival in California.
(Read A.J. Daulerio's Insightful and Delicious Salute to Circus Magazine.)
Above: Gerry Rothberg/Circus Magazine Editor and Publisher with Rock Band Kiss in Publication's NYC Headquarters.
Below: Circus Magazine editor/publisher Gerry Rothberg with cast of Hair in photo for Cancer Society, No Smoking Campaign.
A vintage pic of editor/publisher of Circus Magazine, Gerry Rothberg and Grand Funk Railroad's Mark Farner.
In Circus Magazine publisher/editor Gerry Rothberg's office, with Ozzy Osbourne.
Rock and Roll
A 40 Year Journey With
by Gerald Rothberg,
Editor/Publisher Circus Magazine
I've never started a story in the beginning, it seems. So these remembrances of Circus Magazine will start, say a decade into its founding. It was then that I got the idea, of taking the rock 'n roll rag, weekly. As it turned out, not a brilliant idea. What we had
begunto build up as a definitive rag of hard rock, morphed into editions with Miss Piggy in a centerfold, and New YorkYankee infielder, Bucky Dent on a cover of one edition.
But this idea wasn't all off the wall, as the issue will attest. This weekly edition dated February 18, 1979, featured sex educational articles pertinent for
teenagers, music articles, a point of view piece about Elvis Costello leaving the New Wave music movement, the Bee Gees, Rod Stewart, and rock and roll, with AC/DC, Foreigner, Led Zeppelin
and more. It was my convoluted attempt, though I didn't realize it at the time to develop a publication within Rock and Roll music that was informative, entertaining, newsy and educational, all at once. Yikes!
Circus Magazine Subscription Offer, 1978
If blending rock and roll music and pop culture weren't tough enough, keeping a staff together and in sync was rougher. A whole new group of freelancers was necessary. The new writers were Fred Schruers, brought in by George Nobbe, and Al Aronowitz. formerly a Life Magazine writer. At the desk in the office was Carl Arrington from People Magazine and Mark Mehler from Record World. and Robert Smith, Kurt Loder and freelance work of David Fricke. Sound good? Yes, if you think Mount Vesuvius erupting is a docile noise. Well, I never saw it coming: the music staff and the non-music freelancers, did not blend.
Foremost on my mind at the time was to get recognition from post office and the printing company that we are a weekly magazine to be reckoned with. And, all the whistles and bells of smooth and fast transit should be awarded to Circus Magazine Weekly. Stay Tuned. To be continued. ...
Alternate Version of Circus Magazine TV Commercial for Weekly edition.