Posted in NYC | industry | music on May 17, 2013

Village Voice

It's Black Friday at The Village Voice:

The planned layoffs at the Village Voice, which caused its brand-new editor-in-chief and deputy to quit in protest, went down this morning regardless, Gawker reports, and included legendary gossip columnist Michael Musto and veteran theater critic Michael Feingold, both of whom had already filed forthcoming pieces for the paper. Food critic Robert Sietsema was also let go. "So many people have come out to offer their love (and opportunities)," Musto told Hamilton Nolan. "My brand will be feistier than ever." We don't doubt it. The Voice, on the other hand ... - [Intelligencer]
Michael Musto had been with the iconic NYC alt-weekly since 1984. Also leaving, The Voice from its longtime Cooper Sq. offices.

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Comments (28)

That shim is gross.

Posted by Anonymous | May 17, 2013 12:47 PM

Their three best writers following the sacking of the great film critic J. Hoberman last year. Let's see how good the quality is when they aren't paying anyone.

Posted by Anonymous | May 17, 2013 12:51 PM

Musto gone? Wow, that's like ABC firing Barbara Walters.

Posted by Anonymous | May 17, 2013 12:59 PM

The only people who read The Village Voice are people looking for hookers. Just let it go already. No one cares.

Posted by Anonymous | May 17, 2013 1:00 PM

I want to see him ride his bike in that.

Posted by Anonymous | May 17, 2013 1:01 PM

http://img.gawkerassets.com/img/18nyoa4wa5hhtjpg/k-medium.jpg

these are the idiots behind the Voice?

hahahah

yet oddly fitting

Posted by Anonymous | May 17, 2013 1:04 PM

Hey everyone involved in this 'story', why don't you join us in the 21st century?

Posted by Anonymous | May 17, 2013 1:05 PM

Screw you Michael Musto, you're no Bruce Vilanch!

Posted by Anonymous | May 17, 2013 1:07 PM

This is the end of the Voice. No more hard hitting news guys and no more culture guys (and yeah it was always guys it seemed). The print version will be gone soon and the web version is and will be a shell of itself. That too may as well fold because it can't offer anything found better elsewhere. It's all over.

Fitting though. The Village itself is a deadened glossy dystopia of glass and commerce. When Fro-Yo is more popular than music and real food, it's over. Oh well, we had our fun.

Posted by Anonymous | May 17, 2013 1:07 PM

^totally written by a 60's burnout

Posted by Anonymous | May 17, 2013 1:11 PM

anyone who refers to this corporate RAG as the village voice should be beaten to a bloody pulp.

i read my older brother's copies of the VV going back to the mid-late 70's where i discovered the comic genius of lynda barry (ernie pook's comics) and matt groening (life in hell). and the music reviews. and nat hentoff.

this garbage that still carries the name is an embarrassment to 'journalism' and everything the VV once represented.

PLEASE let it die.

Posted by Anonymous | May 17, 2013 1:12 PM

fuck this commie rag

Posted by Anonymous | May 17, 2013 1:17 PM

laughs at anyone who still reads anything printed on paper. you dinosaurs.

Posted by Anonymous | May 17, 2013 1:18 PM

The VV used to be part of my weekly Wednesday ritual. Imagine, getting a newspaper to look at the classifieds (concert ads). The first few Siren festivals were amazing.

The paper is no longer relevant. Just give it up.

Posted by Anonymous | May 17, 2013 1:20 PM

^I remember you had to get it early to scoop the apartment listings.

But, yeah, it's time to let it go.

Posted by Anonymous | May 17, 2013 1:22 PM

Honestly, I don't pick up the Voice anymore. I used to read it for the concert listings, but now that's unnecessary due to the internets. Now I only pick it up once a year when they publish their Pazz & Jop poll.

Posted by Anonymous | May 17, 2013 1:23 PM

it's ova!

Posted by Anonymous | May 17, 2013 2:12 PM

Posted by Anonymous | May 17, 2013 2:16 PM

luckily i saved some copies of the REAL VV, like the one with the adverts for the upcoming Joy Division show at Hurrah in May 1980 and the subsequent issue where it's listed as 'canceled.'

Posted by Anonymous | May 17, 2013 3:15 PM

^Rockin Daddy keeps a scrapbook?

Posted by Anonymous | May 17, 2013 3:19 PM

If the Voice goes away, where will a find a good tranny who is new to town who does out calls?

Posted by The mighty KC | May 17, 2013 3:54 PM

losing Christgau was when it stopped being the Voice.

Posted by Anonymous | May 17, 2013 4:40 PM

The Village Voice was better when it cost $1.50 than when it was free.

It's been a shitrag for years.

The only writer worth reading is Wayne Barrett, if he still writes for them anymore.

Posted by D | May 18, 2013 1:59 AM

I'll write for them for free (hookers). People always reply to my bitter insecure insane comments. They would pay good money to wipe their asses with my words, maybe a portrait of my face.

Posted by Anonymous | May 18, 2013 3:35 AM

This is sad. The Voice was a New York institution. Now they do this. Money ruins everything.

Posted by Anonymous | May 19, 2013 9:18 AM

Wow. You could see it going down hill through the past few years but there was hope. Some good stuff was popping up here and their. I read it every week. But this is bad news.

Posted by Anonymous | May 19, 2013 9:27 AM

I'm sorry to hear this.

Posted by Anonymous | May 19, 2013 9:28 AM

Let Michael Musto ? WTF ? He's typist, not a writer- a professional douchebag.

Posted by Anonymous | May 19, 2013 5:06 PM

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