SKF NOTE: Every time boxes of the new Modern Drummer arrived at the MD office it was exciting. Each issue was the culmination of team work by many people. MD’s entire crew – editors, artists, ad sales, subscriptions. The music industry people – manufacturers, managers, record label execs, drummers. MD‘s freelance writers and photographers. The magazine publisher. Of course, MD‘s readers had the final say. Either magazine sales went up, or they went down.
The September 1983 Modern Drummer was the last issue delivered to the office while I was Managing Editor. The last MD I was a part of from idea phase to final product.
The M’BOOM cover story was the one time Features Editor Rick Mattingly and I collaborated on an interview. Reading this interview 30-plus years up the road, I wish I could have formed my questions in 1983 based on the music listening and reading I have today.
One final point: The September 1983 issue also includes my feature interview with Fred Below.