Geoff Wilbur's Renegade Newsletter is actually 3 distinct quarterly publications. A total of 12 Renegade's are published each year (3 editions times 4 issues per edition). The two local editions (Lansing, MI and Grand Rapids, MI) feature local and major label interviews, album reviews, demo reviews from across North America, and local scene coverage. In addition to their local distribution (750 copies at music stores, record stores, and clubs are enough to blanket the local music scenes), the local issues have an industry distribution (to labels, management companies, and publicists) of 250 plus 50 to bands. Currently, the local editions are running at 8 pages.
The "industry edition" (the Renegade trade publication) features interviews and reviews of unsigned bands from across North America and overseas. The "industry edition" is available by mail only. Current distribution is 500 to the industry plus 100 to bands. Currently, the "industry edition" is running at 4 to 8 pages.
The Renegade has been in existence since July 1993. Geoff Wilbur has written for various publications since September 1989. You can still read his "Short Spins" album review column and interviews in College Monthly, which has been distributed at colleges across New England for the past 10 years and, for the past year, has been available nationally.
DEMO REVIEWS: Bands interested in getting demos reviewed should send two copies, plus additional information about the band (including a contact name/address/phone number) to:
Each band does, of course, receive a complimentary copy of the edition in which its review appears.
The Grand Rapids edition hits the streets mid-month in January, April, July, and October. The Lansing edition runs at the beginning of the month in March, June, September, and December. The Industry edition is printed in early February, May, August, and November.
Send $4 for a one year subscription to one edition. Send $12 for a one year subscription to all three editions. (In Canada and Mexico, subscriptions are US$6 per year per edition/US$18 for all three; overseas subscriptions are US $8 per year per edition/US$24 for all three.) Send check or money order PAYABLE TO GEOFF WILBUR to:
Be sure to indicate the Lansing edition, Grand Rapids edition, Industry edition, or all three editions when subscribing.
Sample issues are available for $1 (US$1.50 in Canada/Mexico; US$2.00 overseas). Please indicate which edition you would like to receive.
Good writers are always invited to contact us about writing. If you or someone you know would be interested in writing for the Renegade, please request a "writing" fact sheet. Current needs include country music interviewers, and dance and industrial music reviewers and interviewers. The Renegade also seeks writers to write short "local scene" columns in its Industry editions.
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