I just began a new publication all about elvis on medium

Es­ti­mated reading time is 3 min­utes.

WE LAUNCHED our new pub­li­ca­tion Tell It Like It Was on Medium on Jan­uary 1, 2019. The ar­ti­cles within ad­dress pop­ular music, pri­marily rock & roll from the ’60s. “We” are John Ross (my fa­vorite music blogger), Lew Shiner (my fa­vorite nov­elist), and my­self. We love the music (and the books and the movies and the styles and the girls girls girls) of that era.

We want to share our en­thu­siasm for the music of that era.

We know how to write about the music of that era.

We fig­ured that if only one-quarter of one per­cent (yup, a mere 0.25%) of Medium’s 60,000,000 unique monthly readers had any in­terest in the great rock, soul, and pop music of those years, then we’d have a po­ten­tial read­er­ship of 150,000. (If anyone reading this has their own “per­sonal” blog, you know how huge that figure is.)

Boy­oboy was we ever wrong!

In my last pay pe­riod from Oc­tober 28 through Oc­tober 31, 2019. I made a whop­ping $2.61 in payment—although the Medium system makes the money more like gratuities—for more than eighty sto­ries that I have pub­lished there. The vast (I mean, vaaaaaaaaast) ma­jority of my sto­ries didn’t make a cent.

That’s be­cause they have few readers.


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Elvis IGotLucky Pickwick 600

The album on top is the orig­inal 1971 re­lease on RCA Camden. The album below it is a reissue re­leased by Pick­wick Records in 1975.

Few Medium readers seem to care

While I do not claim to be a Paul Williams or a Greil Marcus or a Peter Gu­ral­nick, I am a good writer. I do lots of re­search and I do it well (and quan­tity isn’t even close to anal­o­gous with quality with research).

John and Lew are sim­i­larly af­flicted with the need for ac­cu­racy. We mine old data and we find new conclusions.

Few Medium readers seem to care.

John, Lew, and I started Tell It Like It Was filled with vim and vigor, which The Free Dic­tio­nary de­fines as “an abun­dance or ex­ces­sive amount of bois­terous, youthful en­ergy [and] en­thu­siasm.” Given that our com­bined ages are ap­proaching the 200-mark, that alone is a no­table achievement.

Need­less to say, our en­ergy and en­thu­siasm are not so bois­terous at this point.

So what should we do?

Give up and cease pub­lishing Tell It Like It Was?

Heck, no! We are starting an­other music pub­li­ca­tion on Medium be­cause we be­lieve that Medium can be the mes­sage! (A bootleg Marvel No-Prize from 1966 to any reader who gets that reference.)

As a com­ple­men­tary pub­lication to Tell It Like It Was, we have launched Elvis: That’s The Way It Was.

Ob­vi­ously, this new pub­li­ca­tion is geared to­wards fans of Presley. But if you dig rock & roll and pop music of the ’50s, the ’60s, and the ’70s, then you might find more than a few in­ter­esting ar­ti­cles to read there.

To get there, click HERE.

As a com­ple­men­tary pub­li­ca­tion to our rock & roll pub­li­ca­tion ‘Tell It Like It Was,’ we have launched ‘Elvis: That’s The Way It Was’ on Medium. Click To Tweet

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FEATURED IMAGE: The photo at the top of this page was cropped from the 1971 Camden budget album I GOT LUCKY. The album is a col­lec­tion of pre­vi­ously re­leased tracks from the ’60s—mostly from sound­track EP albums—which are com­piled in the non-sensical, slip­shod manner that we would come to as­so­ciate with Presley com­pi­la­tions, es­pe­cially those re­leased in the wake of his death in 1977. The cover shot is one of my all-time faves and was is dra­mat­i­cally su­pe­rior to most of the covers re­leased on Pres­ley’s stan­dard cat­alog albums.


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