Media

1974

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  • Owners Carter Burden and Bartle Bull (Taurus Communications) sell a stake in the Voice to merge with New York Magazine Company, where Clay Felker is president and publisher. Felker names himself editor-in-chief and publisher of the Voice, then fires founding editor Dan Wolf and publisher Ed Fancher.
  • Circulation is increased to 150,000.
  • Norman Mailer, Dan Wolf , and Fancher sue New York Magazine and Taurus Communications, claiming they were deprived of their rights as shareholders to purchase the Voice themselves. Lawsuit is later settled with $450,000 payment.
  • Village Voice Pazz & Jop music critics poll debuts with 24 critics voting. Joni Mitchell’s Court and Spark wins top honors.
  • A standalone Personals advertising section debuts. People pay to place their ads, and respondents write to designated mailboxes at the Voice. Ad placers picked up their ads in person at the newspaper offices or have the Voice mail the responses to them.
  • Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band place classified ad looking for a drummer, pianist, trumpet, and violinist.
  • Abraham “Abe” Beame takes office as Mayor of New York City. He presides over the city during its worst financial crisis, spending much of his term attempting to ward off bankruptcy. He slashes the city workforce, freezes wages, and restructures the budget.
  • Bandleader, pianist and famous jazz composer Duke Ellington dies. Ellington was a major force in jazz in New York and beyond from as early as the 1920s. Some of his hits included “Take the A Train,” “Satin Doll,” “Mood Indigo,” and “It Don’t Mean a Thing if it Ain’t Got That Swing.”