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Richard Horgan

[Email contact: rhorgan@gmail.com; personal Twitter account: @hollywoodspin] I have worked as a journalist and editor for several decades, beginning in Canada at age 17 with a full-time job at the Ottawa bureau of Associated Press Canada (Canadian Press).

Moving Into the Old NYT Building: Guitar Center

Coinciding with the retail chain’s 50th-year anniversary, Guitar Center Times Square is in final rehearsals.

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The 28,000-square-foot location opens Thursday August 7 with a free evening concert by The Roots at the Best Buy Theater across the street. Free tickets for the show are being given away at various New York GC locations:

Housed in the original New York Times building at 44th & Broadway, the Times Square location fosters a hands-on environment and offers unique features including a Fender custom shop where craftsmen tailor guitars to specifications, a boutique pedal selection in a 360-degree display and The Platinum Club, which showcases top-of-the-line, high-end luxury guitars.

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PR Firm Edelman Unsure of China Chief Whereabouts

EdelmanBeijingIt may turn out to be a false alarm. But for now, this dispatch by Beijing Reuters correspondent Megha Rajagopalan is rather alarming:

U.S. public relations firm Edelman said on Friday it did not know the whereabouts of its China chief, who has been helping Chinese authorities with an unspecified investigation.

Two sources with knowledge of the matter said Steven Cao had not been seen this week at either the Edelman office in Beijing or that of its subsidiary, Pegasus Public Relations Consulting. Cao is chief executive of Edelman’s China arm and also runs Pegasus.

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Ross Levinsohn Segues to Scout Media

Per Keith J. Kelly, there has been no shortage of high-level activity at Scout Media.

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The company secured backing from the Pilot Group, a venture capital fund headed by former AOL CEO Bob Pittman. It amalgamated North American Hunter, PGA Sports and other media assets from Pittman’s North American Membership Group. And this week, it welcomed a very recognizable executive chairman – former Guggenheim Media CEO Ross Levinsohn:

Levinsohn will once again be teaming up with James Heckman, Scout’s CEO and founder. Heckman had exited as head of global media strategy for Yahoo shortly after new CEO Marissa Mayer nixed his plan to aggressively remake the company.

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Freddie Mercury Then, Adam Lambert Now

Interesting interview with Adam Lambert by Curtis M. Wong, deputy editor of HuffPo Gay Voices. Framed by the fact that in six, vertiginous years, Lambert has gone from auditioning on American Idol with “Bohemian Rhapsody” to fronting this summer’s Queen tour.

The bulk of the article is about how it was basically impossible for Mercury to talk publicly about his sexuality:

“From what I understand, it took Freddie a bit of time to come to terms with his sexuality, and once he did… He was living in a time when, as a celebrity or a rock star, it was something that was kind of off-limits,” said Lambert…

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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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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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Reverend Bud Green Says He Orchestrated Red, White and Blue Flags Switch

RevBudGreenFacebookWow. Per a report today by the New York Daily NewsJill Coffey and Tom Tracy, the news trail about the clandestine July 22 replacement of American flags atop the Brooklyn Bridge just veered into Cheech and Chong territory.

From their exclusive:

Reverend Bud Green, 49, called the News on Thursday to say that the flag replacement was actually the first part of what was to be a two-part strategy, with another set of banners going up later. But the increased NYPD surveillance on the bridge put a kibosh on a second switch.

“It was interesting that nobody knew what to make of it,” Green said. “It was interesting that people took it as a terror risk. We believe in non-violent civil disobedience. The government has everybody scared s——s. Was Martin Luther King Jr. a terrorist? Was Abbie Hoffman a terrorist? The government is trying to silence people.”

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VICE Chats with an Atypical Crack Reporter

RubenCastenedaCoverWe thoroughly enjoyed this week’s interview by VICE staff writer Matt Taylor with Ruben Castaneda, the Washington Post alum who once upon a time covered the crack beat while also, himself, regularly getting high on crack.

Castaneda’s book about this incredible and dangerous odyssey, Street Rising, was published at the beginning of the month. Here’s what Castaneda, who before the Post was with the Los Angeles Herald Examiner, he told Taylor when asked about the first time he tried the addictive drug:

“I was on a reporting assignment on the western edge of downtown LA in a pretty tough neighborhood. This very, very attractive young woman caught my eye. She gestured for me to come over, so I put the reporting aside for a moment and went over to flirt with her. Now, I was already, at this time, drinking heavily. In fact, I had already gotten pretty toasted that afternoon at Corky’s — a dive bar — so I was pretty impaired in judgment.”

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How James Brown Helped a Fledgling Reporter Turn It Loose

ShutterstockJamesBrownThe day before James Brown answered the door at his home in Beech Island, South Carolina in the summer of 2003, reporter Karen Fragala Smith had valiantly rustled up bus fare. From her Huffington Post blog item:

I had withdrawn the last hundred bucks from my checking account and boarded a Greyhound bus for Augusta, Georgia, just over the state line from Beech Island. I was in town to interview James Brown for Newsweek magazine.

Well, sort of. I was an editorial assistant who spent most of my time arranging travel accommodations for the director of the foreign language editions, and making photocopies for an elderly editor who found both the technology of a copy machine and the fact that women in the office weren’t just secretaries anymore, to be equally confounding. I was eager to do something that resembled journalism.

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