(NYPOST) — Much has changed in the 30 years since Bob Guccione Jr. put Madonna on the inaugural cover of his Spin magazine and positioned the monthly as a “menacing” alternative to category-owner Rolling Stone.
Guccione, 59, who no longer owns Spin — having sold it in 1997 for a top-of-the-market price of $43.5 million — is hunkering down to guest-edit its 30th anniversary issue, scheduled for cyber-release in October. It’s clear that music remains foremost on his mind.
“The commodification of music is so complete that artists these days create songs thinking they would make a good car commercial,” Guccione says. “And they’re more fixated on their social-media strategy than they are on their music.”
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