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The Stool Pigeon RIP
Luke Turner , February 6th, 2013 10:38

From all at The Quietus, goodbye to the achingly beautiful newspaper

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It's fair to say that we're gutted and wet around the eyes in The Quietus office this afternoon with the news that The Stool Pigeon newspaper is to cease publication. It's fair to say that without the existence of that paper, the network of brilliant people who contributed to it, the inspiration of editor Phil Hebblethwaite and general attitude of everyone involved, The Quietus wouldn't exist in the form it does today. We spent a few years sharing office space in Stoke Newington and then Hackney Wick, and those late nights of delivery Il Baccios and days of shouting at each other across the room about garage rock are happy memories. I started writing for the paper after meeting Phil in a Ryanair departure lounge in Norway, and it's fair to say that his open mind to new music generous word counts, and the strict rod of iron he wielded as an editor, were about the best lessons in writing I've ever had. - Luke Turner

It's been a pleasure and a privilege to work for the Stool Pigeon. Not only have Phil Hebblethwaite and Mickey Gibbons become good friends but they were also highly inspirational to me when I was starting up The Quietus. Phil is the best editor I've ever had - he is passionate, ethical and righteously engaged - and Mickey is the most deranged and maverick art editor I've ever had. I'd like to wish them the best of luck and happiness with whatever they do in the future. - John Doran

There's a full statement as to the reasons why the paper is closing on their website here.

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Feb 6, 2013 4:29pm

A very sad day indeed. It's all up to The Quietus now...

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Feb 7, 2013 8:36am

disappointing. First the word, now this. Specialist music journalism is being pushed aside like the music it covers. Its all down to figures. Thats it. I read a review of an album the other day. The main point of the review was to inform me that the album in question was one of 2012s "most financially successful" Is this what we are to judge music on now? In terms of business terms? Fuck me pink.

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