Krist's third post to alt.music.nirvana

I've just finished reading the Rolling Stone Article on Pearl Jam and Eddie Vedder. It breaks my heart the way they tear apart Eddie. I really don't think Rolling Stone has the authority to carry out such a thrashing. There are many points in the article that I take issue with.

First off, on a personal note, it was painful that those writers had to exhume Kurt to build up their case against Pearl Jam. R.S. opened up a can of worms. No one was above or below receiving a negative perspective from Kurt. No one. Some were printed, some weren't. I'll assure Rolling Stone that a quickly penned message on a T-shirt was the least of it. I'll tell you this though, if Kurt knew someone was personally hurt by his words, he truly felt bad. God bless Kurt.

It seems like the magazine believes it has license to use Kurt's name to illustrate any point it wants to make. A few months ago it was a reefer madness, anti-drug hysteria article against Seattle. Now they dig up Kurt to slam one of our exemplary community leaders. This belligerence and disrespect annoys me.

What standard is R.S. basing its scrutiny on? For R.S. to judge Pearl Jam or Eddies credibility, in regards to the revolution, is a complete ruse. If not the revolution, then what are they holding him up to? I have original copies of the earliest R.S. magazines. I love them. 30 years ago they had something to say. Printed on newsprint it was like a fanzine, the music and politics covered were truly revolutionary. Today, the magazine is pop culture and political status quo. Why did R.S. move away from it's original mission? It did so to keep up with it's demographic. R.S. may be successful but is it real? I'd like to quote a true revolutionary, Jesus Christ, who said, "It is better to have not known me than to have known me and turned away".

R.S. turned away long ago. Rolling Stone magazine doesn't have the authority or credibility to judge anyone.

Krist Novoselic


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