g i r l h a t t a n

g i r l h a t t a n

Thursday, February 22, 2007

spin vs. rolling stone: FOB edish

i'm a big fan of spin. they keep it real. they're focused. rolling stone has had jennifer aniston and ben affleck on the cover; spin is more likely to have the hives, the yeah yeah yeahs, morrissey. people who make music, hello.

but "rolling stone" is definitely a brand, legendary, iconic.

anywho. this week on newsstands: FALL OUT BOY.
(featuring girlhattan crush of the week, pete wentz.)

spin - black and white pictures of the guys in brooks brothers and dior homme suits
rolling stone - color photographs of the guys holding light sabers; pete is the only one without a shirt

spin - 3 pages of text, 3 pages of photos
rolling stone - 3 pages of text, 2 pages of photos (plus baby pix & good sidebar/chart)

spin - they're basically nerds
rolling stone - pete has a "sulky teenage muse"

spin - pete "embodies the life-in-the-open self-awareness of the livejournal generation"
rolling stone - "with his cushioned lips curling in anger over gleaming teeth, and his glossy black hair rising from his head in exclamation-point spikes, he looks like an animé version of elvis presley."

spin - a matter of fact, tell-it-like-it-is piece that flirts with condescension.
rolling stone - a lushly romantic, mythologized, psychoanalyzed, "what it's like to be in this band" profile.

winner: rolling stone, for better writing and photography.

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