Running Away With The CIRCUS:
An Oral History Of
CIRCUS Magazine #1 - Stevie Wart

CIRCUS Magazine appeared at the newsstands in 1969. [HULLABALOO 1st issue - October 1966; CIRCUS 1st issue - March 1969] And like Jann Wenner at Rolling Stone, CIRCUS Publisher and Editor-in-Chief the boss is still at the helm. The boss actually started CIRCUS in 1966, under the title Hullabaloo...  Continue Reading

Running Away With The CIRCUS #4

Jim Farber

Jim Farber is the pop music critic for the New York Daily News. Back in the '70s and '80s, Farber wrote for Rolling Stone, Creem, and Crawdaddy!. Farber's first full-time job in rock journalism was at CIRCUS while he attended college. Below, Farber talks about what the magazine meant to him as a kid and what it was like working ... Continue Reading

Running Away With The CIRCUS #7

Kurt Loder

Kurt Loder is probably best known as MTV's senior news correspondent. Before that, Loder was one of Rolling Stone's most talented and prolific feature writers in the '80s. Loder probably never would have gotten his job at Rolling Stone if it wasn't for his time working for CIRCUS in the late '70s. Below, Loder goes into detail about... Continue Reading

Running Away With The CIRCUS #10

Ben Liemer

Ben Liemer has been the director of National Sales, Northeast at TVT Records for 10 years. Years ago, Liemer was the Managing Editor--second in command to publisher the boss --at CIRCUS magazine from 1985 to 1989. Those years happen to be the most profitable in CIRCUS history thanks to the huge popularity... Continue Reading

Running Away With The CIRCUS #13

Don Sill

Don Sill is a freelance metal journalist who has been published in dozens of print and online publications. Sill was a contributing writer who usually had a story or two in every issue of the magazine.

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"I was doing a college radio show at WUSB SUNY Stony Brook and was beginning to interview many metal... Continue Reading

An Oral History Of CIRCUS Magazine #2

"The boss Complete Interview"; May 2009 conducted by Shawn Schroeder

Interviewer: I am speaking with the boss, creator/publisher of CIRCUS Magazine. As a fan, I've been going back and repurchasing any of these that I can find at garage sales, swap meets or through eBay. I'm trying to get these back because the pictures were so good that when I was a teenager...  Continue Reading

Running Away With The CIRCUS #5

John Swenson

John Swenson is a music writer that has written for all the big music mags--Rolling Stone, Crawdaddy!, and, for a brief period of time, CIRCUS. Below, Swenson remembers his time at CIRCUS as a rock critic in the late '70s and early '80s

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     "I edited the record section of the magazine for less than two years, taking over... Continue Reading

Running Away With The CIRCUS #8

Philip Bashe

Philip Bashe left the world of rock writing years ago. Today Bashe is known as the author of such health/self help books as: You Don't Have to Hurt! A Leading Expert in Pain Medicine Shows You How to Treat--and Beat--Chronic Pain, co-written with Peter S. Staats, M.D., (Workman, 2004); Caring For Your Teenager... Continue Reading

Running Away With The CIRCUS #11

Mordechai Kleidermacher

Writer Mordechai Kleidermacher has had music journalism published in Guitar World, Guitar School, and Revolver. He is currently working on a freelance basis for Jazz Improv magazine. The leader of the band J.A.M., Inc., Kleidermacher has just finished making his first CD of original instrumental rock. During the early and mid '90s... Continue Reading

Running Away With The CIRCUS #14

CIRCUS Closes / A Love Letter To CIRCUS / Epilogue

We've never really heard of CIRCUS magazine, and we suspect this is entirely our own fault because we're so inexcusably square. We're told it's a big-deal rock / metal mag, and like Rolling Stone, it's been around since the late '60s and run by the same guy the whole time. That was the case until yesterday, when freelancers... Continue Reading

Running Away With The CIRCUS #3

Robert Smith

Robert Smith is the president of A&R at Zingy, Inc. today. But in the mid to late '70s, Smith was one of the editors at CIRCUS magazine.

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“I was the managing editor at Crawdaddy! for a couple of years prior to working at CIRCUS. The rock journalism world was pretty small considering its impact.... Continue Reading

Running Away With The CIRCUS #6

Stan Soocher

Entertainment attorney Stan Soocher, author of the book They Fought The Law: Rock Goes To Court, is the Editor-in-Chief of the industry trade journal, Entertainment Law and Finance. He is an associate professor and former Chair of Music and Entertainment Industry Studies at the University of Colorado at Denver where he teaches... Continue Reading

Running Away With The CIRCUS #9

Gary Cee

Today, Gary Cee is the program director at the Poughkeepsie, NY, rock station, WPDH. But there was a time when Cee worked for CIRCUS, starting as a receptionist and eventually moving up to become the rock mag's Managing Editor. Below, Cee answers some questions about his time at CIRCUS and the mark that experience left on... Continue Reading

Running Away With The CIRCUS #12

Christian Wissmuller

Christian Wissmuller is the editor of School Band and Orchestra and Choral Director magazine. He is also a music freelancer who serves as a contributing writer at Guitar One and CIRCUS. Wissmuller talks about writing for CIRCUS magazine in the last few years.

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An Interview With

CIRCUS Magazine's CEO

I discovered CIRCUS Magazine in 1977 but was too young for it. Saw it again in 7th grade (Autumn of ‘83) and by March 1984 my six-year subscription had started simultaneously with my teen years. By 1989 I’d moved on because I wanted a more serious, musician-minded publication. At the time I felt that CIRCUS was being... Continue Reading