Editors this week scrambled to get their Michael Jackson cover stories out. Vibe's, which almost certainly would have been quite popular, will never get the chance to see daylight. We emailed Rob Kenner, Editor At Large at the now shuttered Vibe magazine and editor at the reggae blog boomshots for his thoughts on the end of an era:
"VIBE was not just a magazine; it was a mission. The edit staff is mad we won't get to finish our Michael Jackson tribute issue... And please believe it was about to be a hot one. There's nothing else quite like VIBE out there. It's a bad day for music and those who care about it. And it's another bad day for publishing."
Vibe was founded by Quincy Jones in 1992. In a memo to staff today, Vibe's CEO Steve Aaron cited the tough economic climate.