It would be difficult to overstate the importance of @michael_molenda to the guitar community. As the longest-reigning Editor-in-chief of Guitar Player Magazine, he oversaw the magazine during monumental shifts in the music and publishing industries. He adapted with integrity and kept thriving the magazine so many of us have trusted. He has always been a genuine and respectful advocate for female guitar players and up-and-coming talent. And he’s one of the most fundamentally decent, hilarious, self-deprecating, and generous people you’ll ever meet.
The recent... ummm... “changes” at Guitar Player Magazine hit hard. My dad was a casualty of an earlier one when I was a kid. Michael led a team of awesome people who have devoted decades of their lives to the magazine. And heroes deserve gratitude and recognition for their service. Michael has done SO much for so many of us. He is the guitar community’s Captain America.
As he is the last person to sing his own praises, I'm curious to hear your experiences and what he has done for you. Please share! I'd love to know.
For me, Michael had been a friend, mentor, advocate, and creative collaborator and catapult. He brought the Dante concept that became my second album, Abandon All Hope, and assured me I was cut out to tackle something of such magnitude. His faith in me made me push myself harder. I've learned so much from him. And he has given me so much coverage in the magazine and on the GP site. I am so very grateful.
I thank you, Michael. The guitar community owes you a debt of enormous gratitude. All my well wishes on your next adventure. I have complete faith you’ll continue to make magic wherever you go.
Here is a wonderful interview with Michael on the podcast, @everyonelovesguitar. If you don’t know Michael, you’ll see why he is so beloved by so many. If you do, you’ll enjoy some great stories from the man, himself, as guided by a great interviewer, Craig Garber: https://www.everyonelovesguitar.com/2018/06/12/mike-molenda-interview/