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R.I.P. Paste Magazine

R.I.P. Paste Magazine

In incredibly sad and shocking news today, Georgia-based pop culture journal Paste is closing its doors after eight years of publication. The magazine's staffers were given two hours notice yesterday to clean out their desks.

 

Though the magazine experienced a great deal of financial trouble over the last two years, the announcement came as quite of a shock to employees, as chronicled on Gawker through their assorted Twitter accounts.

 

Throughout Paste's run, the publication routinely won awards for their reporting and set a new standard for print music and entertainment journals to follow. We wish its former employees the best of luck in their future endeavors.

 

P.S. Hey, cheap bastards reading this: If you like shit, buy it once in a while! I know the recession is bad and cigarettes/drugs/out of court settlements are expensive, but you can afford a magazine once in a while. Really, you can!


Update: Read Paste's official statement here.

 

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Wonder what they're gonna do with their web site.

/site_media/uploads/images/users/daba/me-bermudajpg.jpg Daba

Yeah, but it was more advertisers drying up as opposed to circulation dwindling, no?

jeff

Prefix, you are the paste of the internet. Die already.

umm

we're very different from paste and are nowhere near dying! yep! yep! #1. da best. r.0

/site_media/uploads/images/users/daba/me-bermudajpg.jpg Daba

Kind of genuinely shocked about this. Man. Rough.

/site_media/uploads/images/users/ChrisBosman/Bio Pic.jpg ChrisBosman

Sad news indeed.

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Proof that fans, donations, readers, brand-awareness, and good writers are still not going to cut it if they money's not there. Sad, sad news. I'm waiting 20 years until old people start dying and the moneyed class is okay with web-only.

/site_media/uploads/images/users/Ethan/nirvana-corporate-rock-whoresjpg.jpg EStan

EStan...good observation. Everyone wants free content...we'll see how it shakes out in the next few years, but no one has cracked the code yet.

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Former Paste intern/freelancer who is in mourning tonight. That's a very nice magazine staff that just got gutted. Sounds like the Web site will hang around, but who knows?

/site_media/uploads/images/users/OnlySon/RealJer2.jpg OnlySon

I hate to spoil the mood around here, but I agree with the Chunklet dude. Like I said when they almost went under last year, I like Paste's writing, the fact that they have long-form reviews about music/movies/etc. but I feel like their focus is what did them in. They're basically a version of No Depression that acknowledges that hip-hop exists. I am still puzzled at that World Music Issue where they spent a bunch of space talking about rappers in Africa but refuse to write about T.I., Pill, Gucci Mane, etc., rappers from miles down the road that are more vital than whatever Josh Ritter or Pete Yorn are putting out. They never seemed to have a complete focus; they seemed like they wanted to go the Spin route some issues (indie rock-centric stuff like Grizzly Bear, etc. with an occasional Kanye cover issue) but then they seemed like they wanted to go the Harp route and ignore anything that isn't written on a guitar. Like I said, sad to see a mag go under, but Blender's death was a worse loss for the Music Mag landscape.

/site_media/uploads/images/users/thestorfer/1202393jpeg.jpeg andross

Yeah I thought there magazine was boring, it only focused on the safest indie rock available totally tame, and very white

Logcabinlesbian

RIP Paste, you'll be missed. Having a brother that worked there I can proudly say I knew hours before the Internet did :)

Thomas Borland

Thank the Linder family. The father is brilliant, the son that bought paste is a moron.

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