Spent a lot of today in the Voice archives, doing some digging for a certain post-punk book. I had never realized what terrible shape the back issues were in. The yellowed, tattered pages were literally falling apart at the seams — they were in such piss-poor condition that even though I ever-so-carefully and gingerly handled them I felt bad even touching them. But wow, some great stuff in there! One of my favorites: Pazz n Jop 1983, which had a comments section entitled ‘THE VIDEO MENACE’, complete with a big photo of a scheming, grinning David Bowie reaching into his coat pocket. Caption: “Is this man a video? Will we take his check?” Run, everyone! MTV’s on the loose!

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