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AARP Celebrates Adam Duritz and His Unfortunate Hair

Today is Counting Crows lead singer Adam Duritz’s 50th birthday, and to help him celebrate, AARP created a special cover.

Sadly, the AARP cover is ruined by Duritz’s unusual (and slightly worrisome) dedication to his misguided attempt at dreads. If ever there was a case for photoshopping, this is it.

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Albany Dad Defends His Brand New One Direction Tattoo

Fly923LogoMoms and dads of boy-band fans everywhere: the ante has been raised. Per an item today from Albany CBS-TV affiliate Channel 6:

When Fly 92.3 FM’s Morning Rush show announced they would be giving away front row seats to see the band One Direction play at MetLife Stadium, Ron Deutsch knew he wanted to make his daughter’s dream to see her favorite band up close a reality. But, in order to do that, he had to get a softball-sized tattoo of One Direction, on his upper thigh, live on the radio.

The idea created backlash on social media, and now Ron is speaking out against critics and says he’d do it again. “I think it’s a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for my daughter and I guess the tattoo will last forever but so will our relationship, so I think it’s worth doing,” he says.

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Norman Pearlstine Opens Up

Norman Pearlstine, Time Inc.’s chief content officer, is not afraid to speak his mind. When Time began selling ads on its cover, Pearlstine brushed aside the notion that the practice was a bad thing, even though it broke ASME’s number one guideline.

In a wide-ranging interview with WWD, Pearlstine shares some more thoughts about the industry. Below are a few highlights, but be sure to read the entire piece.

On the future of Time, EW, SI and People:

You can’t just reprise the news. You have to have journalism that makes a point and you have to be in sync with your audience. When I think about Sports Illustrated, when I think about People, Entertainment Weekly, Time — all four of them have editors who are very much in touch with their readers and that’s a comfort to me.

On replacing Andy Serwer, Fortune’s longtime editor, with Alan Murray:

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More Changes at Self

We’re just going to make this a site dedicated to Self news. Hope you’re cool with that. Joyce Chang and Mary Murcko, editor and publisher of the magazine, respectively, have announced… Wait for it… New hires! Alex Postman has been named deputy editor, and Maureen Dempsey has been named site director.

Since Chang and Murcko took over in April, they’ve let more than a few people go, and hired the following:

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Former Self Editor Lucy Danziger Joins Penguin Random House

lucy danziger GLucy Danziger, who served as Self’s editor-in-chief for more than a decade, is joining Penguin Random House’s Ballantine Bantam Dell division as an editor-at-large.

Danziger was a casualty of Anna Wintour‘s desire to shake up Self. Danziger and Self’s publisher — Laura McEwen — were both bounced from the title in April. Wintour chose Joyce Chang to replace Danziger and Mary Murcko to succeed McEwen.

At Ballantine Bantam Dell, Danziger will serve as a part-time scout while working closely with Jennifer Tung, Ballantine’s VP and editorial director of nonfiction, and Marnie Cochran, Ballantine’s executive editor.

Danziger is also launching her own company — 10Points Ventures. The New York Post reports 10Points “will be involved in creating digital affinity groups in the fitness and well-being space.”

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PBS NewsHour Names ABC’s Sara Just Executive Producer (FishbowlDC)
PBS NewsHour announced Thursday that 25-plus year ABC News-er Sara Just has been tapped to serve as the program’s executive producer and SVP of NewsHour Productions LLC. Variety Just will oversee the daily operations of the nightly news program, co-anchored by Gwen Ifill and Judy Woodruff. Deadline Hollywood Just, who has been ABC News’ deputy Washington Bureau chief since April, will join NewsHour on Sept. 2, succeeding Linda Winslow, who is retiring. Just’s hire comes on the heels of WETA taking over NewsHour from MacNeil/Lehrer Productions, the company named after former anchors Robert MacNeil and Jim Lehrer, on July 1. Politico / Dylan Byers on Media Before becoming deputy Washington bureau chief at ABC, Just was senior Washington producer for Good Morning America and had spent 17 years at Ted Koppel’s Nightline. ABC News president James Goldston said in a memo to staff Just was integral to the innovation of their digital political coverage. NYT NewsHour has struggled in recent years to raise enough funds to meet its annual budget of $25 million to $30 million, although WETA officials said at the time of the ownership transfer they were confident they could find the money. With money tight, the program has not been able to do as much field reporting as some critics would like. Just said that she would better understand the program’s budget challenges once she started, but added “I think reporting from the field is essential,” when paired with insightful analysis.

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Bush Push | Keep Buying | No Yolo

bushGalleyCat: George W. Bush is writing a book about his father, George H.W. Bush. Early rumors are that the book will be titled “Isn’t My Dad Great?” and the first chapter will be named “Yes.”

PRNewser: Johnson & Johnson’s new ad campaign summarized: “Sorry your baby keeps getting bathed in carcinogens now buy our stuff.”

SocialTimes: An app called Yo wants Apple to ban an app called Yolo. These are amazing times we live in.

Fallon Vacation Also Golden for Jamaican Reggae Artist Chronixx

“Synergy, man…. Synn-errrr-geeee.”

That might as well be the new refrain at GoldenEye, the Jamaican luxury resort owned by Island Records founder Chris Blackwell. The local hit single of Chronixx, a rapper signed with Island Records, was piping through the resort when Jimmy Fallon recently vacationed there. That product placement led in turn to Chronixx making his American TV debut July 22 on The Tonight Show.

Per an item today by Billboard contributor Patricia Meschino, the rest is Reggae charts history:

Fallon booked Chronixx to perform four days ahead of the artist’s free concert on July 26 as part of Central Park’s annual SummerStage series… Prior to Chronixx’s Tonight Show performance, “Here Comes Trouble” had registered 1,051 downloads; following the broadcast and his Central Park concert, the numbers swelled to 12,476 downloads, according to Nielsen SoundScan, earning a No. 2 position on the Digital Reggae Singles chart.

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Salon Slides Into Larger New York Office

SalonLogoHere’s the first salient number: 65%. According to a rep for Salon Media Group, that’s the year-to-year revenue growth for the company as it crossed 500,000 Facebook likes and 300,000 Twitter followers.

Here’s the second salient number: 6,523 square feet. That’s the size of the company’s new NYC headquarters, into which staff have moved today.* The new digs are double the size of the company’s previous Manhattan office space.

Salon is closing in on its 20th anniversary, a fact that led us – on this #tbt – to browse through the FishbowlNY archives and land on this Rachel Sklar October 2005 item:

Salon’s turning ten next month — which seems crazy, by the way — and they’ve kicked off the celebrations by getting a sleek new look. It’s their first redesign since mid-2000 and as media websites get sleeker, more efficient and easier to navigate with even more content, it’s been overdue for a while. It looks great…

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