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J.G. Rothberg with Kiss in publication's NYC Headquarters

J.G. Rothberg with Kiss in publication's NYC Headquarters, 1973. Kiss Band, left to right. Gene Simmons, Ace Frehely, (JG, Jerry, Gerry, Gerald Rothberg,) Paul Stanley, Peter Criss.


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J.G. Rothberg and the Cast of Broadway Musical, Hair Supporting the Cancer Society's No Smoking Campaign.

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July 18, 1967: The Jimi Hendrix Experience is thrown off Monkees tour. Jimi's manager Chas Chandler admits afterwards that it was a publicity stunt.

Jimi Hendrix

Monkees

{Continued From History of Circus Magazine}
My 40 Year History with Circus Magazine

The Legendary Rock Music Publication
By J. G. Rothberg
Circus Magazine Founder,
Editor, and Publisher
{Copyright ©2018 by J.G. Rothberg. All rights reserved.}

Seeing the first edition going to “bed” was a nightmare. I was at the printing plant as a means of micro managing, I suppose. Making sure there would be no last minute glitches, or emergency phone calls.

When we finally got on press, late at night, and the last job of the shift, I looked up, and saw the pressman man running on top of the gigantic press machinery.

The press kept moving, as paper was fed in for inking, with the pressman in pursuit on top, overseeing the right holes fit into the correct grooves. What a frightful sight, as he could have been trapped in this labyrinth of machinery.

Back in the office, two camps arose, in our editorial process. One which favored lampooning artists and, the other to stay the course with a strict music appreciation line. Bruce Gedman strongly favored the strict music appreciation point of view, with criticism left to the record reviews. He was adamant about this, and thankfully so.

We could have drifted off to a less than serious rock, and pop publication. From the onset, several writers, and critics praised the magazine for taking the music seriously. I tended to lean towards a less than serious point of view. But Bruce held to his viewpoint. In a way, Circus Magazine, as it evolved over the years owes its approach to rock music to Bruce Gedman.


Hullabaloo Second Issue

Issue #2. Cover photo (l. to r. ) Mick Jagger, Keith Richard, Charlie Watts, Bill Wyman, and Brian Jones. Brian Jones   passed away tragically on July 03, 1969, aged 27. He was founder, and original leader of The Rolling Stones.


Bruce was the kind of guy who felt the music, and sought out the right people for us to be in contact with. Among these music people was Nat Weiss, who dealt with Brian Epstein, who managed the Beatles. Bruce was quick to set up a dialogue with Nat, who had many contacts in the music biz.

So on we march to the second issue, which was tighter, and more focused in my opinion. The Rolling Stones in an incredible, cover story with great photos, the Beach Boys, Dave Clark 5Paul Revere, and the Raiders, Donovan, among our interviews. With all this, we launched The Adventures of Gedman, a music column by, you guessed it, Bruce Gedman.


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The cover story remains a mystery to me. Were those photos by Linda Eastman, who soon became Linda McCartney? Who wrote the piece? The author starts off that he received a phone call from me, assigning him to this Stones project, but never identifies himself. No photo credits appear on the pages. Hm-mmm! 

Stay tuned. Circus Magazine History to be continued.


What's Up in Rock Music?

News & Notes from 9-22-2018

Circus Magazine got its start in 1966. I began publishing Circus as a general interest rock magazine, running stories on big-name rockers of the day. Later, I realized that the target audience of teenage boys loved reading about their favorite rock stars over and over.

I soon made it my priority to cover the top acts repeatedly. Circus covered all kinds of rock and pop music but always featured many heavy metal and hard rock bands in its pages. My 40-year journey with Circus Magazine was an interesting ride — e-mail me today to learn more about it. Read more about this iconic American magazine and watch some early TV commercials below.

About me: J.G. (Gerald, Gerry, Jerry} Rothberg founded Circus Magazine, the legendary rock and roll publication and had been its editor and publisher for forty years.

Rothberg is the author of "The Esau Swindle," "Love Song for Montana Greene," the just-released “Memoirs of a Woman With Two Lovers," and the forthcoming fantasy novel "Billy B Gude, and the Escape from Elsinore Castle."


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