Media

1996

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  • “The Newspaper that can’t be bought!” The Village Voice is now distributed free in Manhattan (newsstand price was $1.25) and circulation increases to 230,000. Red newspaper boxes spring up on city streets.
  • Karin Durbin resigns as Editor in Chief and former NY Newsday Editor Donald Forst is appointed.
  • Beck’s Odelay is named best album and Quad City DJs’ “C’mon Ride It (The Train)” was named best single in the Pazz & Jop Music Critic’s poll.
  • Pulitzer-Prize winning rock musical, Rent, opens at the Nederlander Theater. The musical centers around a group of poor young artists struggling to survive in Alphabet City under the shadow of AIDS. Rent wins a special citation at the 1996 Obie Award Ceremony.
  • Bring in ‘da Noise/Bring in ‘da Funk wins a special citation at the Obie Awards.
  • Michael Feingold wins George Jean Nathan Award for Dramatic Criticism and for Best Column.
  • Ann Powers wins Music Journalist of the Year from the Music Journalism Awards and Conference.
  • Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn-born rapper Jay-Z releases his first album, Reasonable Doubt. Despite its initial lack of recognition, the album is later regarded as one of the most influential hip-hop albums of the 1990s.
  • The Village Voice mourns the passing of founding editor Dan Wolf.
  • The Village Voice mourns the passing of former owner Carter Burden.
  • The Village Voice mourns the passing of Nell Blaine, designer of the original 1955 Voice logo.
  • The Village Voice mourns the passing of Mary Perot Nichols, a former columnist and city editor.
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