Friday, 21 December 2012 16:07

Q&A with Paul Jendrasiak, writer/photographer 1990-94, editor 1994-96

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How did you get involved at Music Revue?

It was May 1990 and I was fascinated by Music Revue. I played guitar and realized I wasn't going to become a musician for a career and I thought it would be cool to interview musicians. I called up Music Revue and talked to [editor] Bruce Madden and told him I could get an interview with Gene Simmons of KISS.

Wow. That's a big name.

I didn't have any experience, I didn't have any contacts. I figured out who to talk to and I ended up getting an interview. It was one of the most intimidating experiences of my life [at the time].

So that was your first interview ever as a journalist?

Yes. I guess maybe the point of it is to go ahead and give something a shot. Maybe you'll get something out of it, even if it seems like a difficult thing like getting Gene Simmons for an interview.

Who else did you interview?

I went on to interview about 150 to 200 folks, anyone from Jon Bon Jovi to Ozzy Osbourne, folks in Black Sabbath, Def Leppard, Sarah McLachlan.

What did you enjoy most about Music Revue during that time period?

It was kind of like a mini, local version of Rolling Stone, so that was cool. To see that they were a big champion of local music and local events and culture, that was attractive.

What have you been up to since leaving Music Revue?

I got involved in doing a lot of stuff with the Internet. In '96, the Internet became kind of a big thing and I got into doing search engine work. I did that probably for six or eight years, then got into a software business (Spambully) and I've been doing that since 2003. Then I got back into doing photography maybe two or three years ago with GRNow ... [and]doing interview stuff with Townsquare Sunday and Channel 95.7 and 105 The River.

Interview conducted, condensed and edited by Lindsay Patton-Carson. Photo: Ryan H Vaughn

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