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This is a real nice Motley tribute mag published just before the release of Dr. Feelgood in 1989. Rip was a Metal mag from the mid ‘80s to the early ‘90s that featured a wide variety of Hard Rock & Metal acts. They had great articles (as compared to say the writing of a Metal Edge or Blast) & quality photo reproductions. This tribute collector’s edition seems to have been a labour of love with articles on the Crue by Adrianne Stone & Steffan Chirazi & an introduction by Editor-In-Chief Lonn M. Friend.
The Adrianne Stone history of the band, ‘A Hair-Raising History Of Motley Crue,’ is a well-detailed account of the band’s first 8 years, focusing on 1981-84, & was probably the best writing on the band I had read up to that point. The photos in the article from the ‘Too Fast’ period were some of the earliest I had seen by 1989. This was of course before the days when you could just Google ‘rare early Motley Crue photos and articles.’ THIS kind of Rock culture is still not well represented on the Internet, much of it still only available in print.
Having seen the Crue as talking heads in so many docs over the last 20 years, telling the same old stories the same old ways over & over, this article comes as a pleasure. It’s crazy to think that even by 1989 journalists were talking about the band as if they had always been legends.