I just noticed the thread to THE Show Newport was locked, so I wanted to continue this here (I started it there). Good thing, locking THE Show Newport's thread. I was getting tired of reading about how EVERYBODY else was responsible for the success of THE Show in all the audiophile websites. I'm even reading that from my peers in the high end that we (our Head-Fi crew) spent time so much time with! No, it wasn't the injection of the youth that helped lively up THE Show this year! It's not an ego-thing, but they don't even wanna admit that we helped make it fun.
What, was it all the Hawaiian shirts on-display??
THANKS TO ALL MY HEAD-FI BROTHERS FOR THE SUPPORT AND KIND WORDS.
YOU MADE THE SHOW FOR ME.
I've finally found a COMMUNITY here in Head-Fi.
NOT a bunch of ego-driven, middle aged pocket-protector audiophiles that argue over 20,000 a meter snake-oil, and which sucker bought it today!
Sure, it was the cigar stand that gave THE Show an injection of fun.
Damn these high end fools are so outta touch with the street and the youth movement in todays information age it makes me wanna scream! Because not only are they wholly disconnected from the populace. The Absolute Sound publishes it's 40th Anniversary issue, without so much as a PHONE CALL OR A CAPSULE DEDICATED TO ITS FOUNDER??
Sure, Jonathan Valin told a vailed history of TAS for the issue.
But Harry Pearson's ISN'T DEAD. This man gave almost ALL OF THEM their start, just like me, and they forget that so conveniently now it makes me SICK. As John Atkinson told me at Newport (when discussing Harry, and how I feel like I'm the only one who gives him ANY credit for creating the community for which they are ALL employed): "You can NEVER stop thanking people enough who have helped you in life". John is one of the few real dudes still in this.
So, in light of this admitted anger over what I see as an insult to the very man who coined the term "high end audio", and also the man who literally gave us a language to describe things sonically that we all deploy today - I think it's time the world heard about how a kid fresh outta high school and his ALWAYS-FAITHFUL group of lifelong friends, along with his mother (no BS) and a couple friends
SAVED THE ABSOLUTE SOUND!
I mean, it warms my heart to hear "sonic fairy dust" is still in the lexicon here! Also originated from Harry: who's not doing so well, so, UNLIKE the magazine that just celebrated it's 40th anniversary without so much as a phone call to its founder - lets ALL think Positive for Harry Pearson OK?
I can't share details yet, but I haven't even said this much to the old guard high end audio circles. The venom and envy/jealousy (coming down to one of his former writers calling him "irrelevant" - what an insult) - if it wasn't for Harry Pearson NONE of us would be here. J Gordon Holt began a new sonic journey many years ago - by beginning to review stereo equipment by describing it's musical performance, not mere test results.
Many peeps don't know this (and I believe you won't find it in the 40th anniversary of The Absolute Sound - I can't even open it I'm so broken-hearted over the way they treat the man ):
But Harry Pearson started The Absolute Sound Newsletter (before it became a magazine, that was digest sized and always had cool artistic covers - NOT just gear photos) because he got tired of waiting for his issues of Stereophile! Mr. Holt was a fantastic writer, but not a good business man. He was beloved, and for good reason. Harry wanted to take what he started and expand on it.
He also wanted to build a community around high end audio. After all, he started with a newsletter (he was a reporter for Newsday and Consumer Reports before that)! So - he's very happy when I speak about what you guys have built here. I'm not b*******ting. He's spoken with Jude a few times and has alot of love for that man!
Anyway - sorry for the em-passioned cyberbabble - but I'm preparing my own article for Positive Feedback - about how, at one point (and you won't find this is the new issue either - not that many peeps, if ANY here, read TAS today) it was me and my teenage friends - along with a handful of dedicated older cats, that worked for MONTHS without pay for Pearson Publishing Empire LTD (The Absolute Sound's previous parent company) in order to keep the magazine ALIVE!!!!
Seriously, we made it possible to present the magazine for sale to Tom Martin and the team at Absolute Multimedia
(they own the magazine today).
We put issues out with shoestring budgets before the sale to keep it alive,
and my own mother came in to copy-edit Harry Pearson (she's an editor)!!!!
I think its time to tell people that if it wasn't for some youthful people/energy surrounding Hp, when everybody who learned under him
left when the money went missing (another story of loss and deceit, CRAZY drama) and started their own magazine entitled Fi -
which only lasted a few issues - that the MIGHTY TAS WOULD'VE FALLEN!!!!
We (my boys and I) at one point, had to move the magazines entire office ourselves to a small space in Sea Cliff, Long Island.
I did it all with a few of my oldest friends - NONE of whom were or are audiophiles. We were forced to vacate the original Pearson Publishing building. We even broke back in to take possession of all the back issues! Seriously, I couldn't make this s__ up!!
Think audiophiles wanna hear that story? About the fact that the large, standard-issue consumer format magazine they currently get
entitled The Absolute Sound would not exist if it wasn't for the care, love, and dedication to Harry from a bunch of my childhood friends!
THAT's why Harry is so proud of what ya'll have built here. He always wanted the high end to work together to spread the message of
great sounding music to more people. The way I see it?
It's destiny that I ended up a proud member of this COMMUNITY.
So should I shake the audiophile world up a little bit with this?? I think it's important for people to know (while many ignore the youth market) that it was a group of youths who saved arguably the most influential high end audio magazine. Period.