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December 20, 2009

From Sid Whelan, "African Beat" 2003-2005

CC: As you say, the surprise is that it (and you) lasted so long. The magazine certainly enriched many lives and helped musicians and music fans gain a deeper understanding of our amazingly diverse world.

I wish I could have been a part of it longer than I was. I got so busy with real estate that my ability to properly cover the music suffered and I had to bow out. Barry did a much more thorough job than I ever could have.


  1. Sid, I'm a fellow contributor, and I was always boggled by the amount of thought and depth you put into your columns. I loved reading your work and learned a lot from your writing. Real estate, huh? I'm now working retail! Better than most retail jobs, but still... We need to find a way to nourish our creative selves and hopefully earn something from our work.

  2. Say, I like this! Suddenly my writers are talking to each other instead of being separated on different pages. Maybe there is something in this blog stuff after all? Yeah, you guys should all meet each other and talk! Stephen Davis, please call Jeff Callen....Mara Weiss, Mike Turner is looking for you. Tarte, get in touch with Heilig....

  3. We should keep the dialogue going. I'm going to miss my Beat community a lot -- even without having direct communication with anyone but CC and Carol, I could feel you all out there.

  4. Carol Haile SelassieDecember 21, 2009 at 4:23 PM

    I give thanks for the honor and pleasure of working with you, Roger, all the contributors, subscribers and advertisers along the way. The Beat has opened my heart and mind to the power of the music we cover--the passion, consciousness and positive spirit will stay with me for a lifetime. I will miss every moment, all the worldwide friends I've made through the years, our occasional differences and all the laughter we've shared. Keeping the magazine going for 28 years plus keeping what's left of your sanity is a major feat. If I wore a hat, I'd take it off to you!

  5. More communication is always better. You and the magazine will both be very much missed C.C.. It served a wonderful community - wonderfully.

    Thanks and blessings,

    Jim Marshall

    Reggae Photographer, Ethiopian, Jamaican, Reggae, Rastafari Archivist