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  posted on 12/3/2015 at 11:49 AM
I was online yesterday looking at the HTN editorials. One editorial caught my eye. Hittin' The Final Notes and it went on to say about its history and stops at TO READ MORE, CLICK HERE. When I clicked on it, it just took me back to the same page. I could not locate the rest of the story. It goes like this:

Hittin’ the Final Notes

Hittin' the Note – an expression of joy. The original band used this term to describe that moment in time when the music, musicians and audience united...when the soul was moved to experience joy through the power of music.

In the spring of 1992 Kirk West, Ron Currens, Bill Ector and Joe Bell started Hittin' the Note magazine as a way for Allman Brothers Band fans to unite and share in the joy of this music. It was a simple, black & white, 16 page newsletter and our cover story for issue #1 was First There is a Mountain - one of the best we ever published.

Over time we became a color magazine, got into Tower Records, Barnes and Noble, Borders, Books a Million and countless other independent retailers. As the internet blossomed we began our website and grew the merchandise line. We started touring with the band and setting up at all of the concerts and festivals. Along the way we met you and it felt like a family whenever we got together. To read more please click here.

Maybe I'm getting ahead of myself, but is the magazine discontinuing? I sure hope not!

 

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  posted on 12/3/2015 at 01:29 PM
I checked it out and that link does send you right back to the same page.

It reads like it is the end of HTN, hopefully not, but I can understand why if it is. Magazine sales are down across the board and the main subject generator for the magazine is now broken into several little pieces.

If it is the end, I thank everyone involved for a great magazine and hope they have some other creative outlet that they can fall back on.

Also if it is over, what about those of us with an active subscription?

 

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  posted on 12/3/2015 at 03:07 PM
Good question about those who still have active subscriptions. If the magazine is going to be discontinued perhaps, as you said HTN will come up with a "creative outlet." Maybe in the form of online subscriptions? I'm pretty sure we'll know soon.

 

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  posted on 12/3/2015 at 07:33 PM
Wowza, it certainly does read like an obituary. The rest of the story. please????

I have every single issue of HTN...and the last 3-5 issues of the Les Brer's before it transformed.

 

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  posted on 12/7/2015 at 03:53 PM
The link to finish the article still isn't working, did they close up shop before finishing the farewell?
 

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  posted on 12/7/2015 at 04:15 PM
The "article" is gone, now. I'm guessing someone jumped the gun in posting it online.
 

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  posted on 12/7/2015 at 04:49 PM
Unless I am overlooking it, I don't see any links for subscriptions on there anymore either.
 

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  posted on 12/7/2015 at 05:35 PM
Not the least bit surprised.

 

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  posted on 12/8/2015 at 03:57 PM
The HTN website has been updated....................
 

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  posted on 12/8/2015 at 04:05 PM
Yes. Just read the "Hittin' The Final Note." It sure was a great 23 year run! Ah well, all good things must come to an end sometime. Let's just hope that the folks at the Big House museum may consider carrying it on, but we'll see. Kudos on a job well done Hittin' The Note gang! May life treat you well!

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  posted on 12/8/2015 at 04:24 PM
Hittin' the Note – an expression of joy. The original band used this term to describe that moment in time when the music, musicians and audience united…when the soul was moved to experience joy through the power of music.

In the spring of 1992 Kirk West, Ron Currens, Bill Ector and Joe Bell started Hittin' the Note magazine as a way for Allman Brothers Band fans to unite and share in the joy of this music. It was a simple, black & white, 16 page newsletter and our cover story for issue #1 was First There is a Mountain - one of the best we ever published.

Over time we became a color magazine, got into Tower Records, Barnes and Noble, Borders, Books a Million and countless other independent retailers. As the internet blossomed we began our website and grew the merchandise line. We started touring with the band and setting up at all of the concerts and festivals. Along the way we met you and it felt like a family whenever we got together.

In 1997 we incorporated and hired Pete Sienkiewicz as our first employee. Pete and Chris King (our second employee) did an admirable job in holding down the fort through those early lean times. John Lynskey joined us as our Editor on HTN #17 and his stellar talents added immensely to the magazine. Jeff Faith, Lindsey Rogers and Terry Bradley were our Art Directors through the years. Terry was especially adept at creating that authentic psychedelic feel to the magazine and his creativity helped the magazine look its best from issue #66 through #85.

In our wildest dreams we never would have imagined all of the incredible experiences that would take place over this 23 year journey. Back when we started this none of us had gray hair, if we had children they were in diapers. Now the kids are out on their own, the hair is gray (or gone) and we are starting to wind down what has been a major part of our lives. After 23 years of helping found, fund, volunteer and work for HTN, Joe and Vicky Bell are ready to retire; Kirk West has been working on his Gallery and pictorial book and John Lynskey had a major promotion that has taken away much of his free time.

As a result our current issue, HTN #85, is our last. We had hoped to publish one more magazine but family issues and a lack of time have caused those hopes to fade. We want to be as honorable as possible to our valued subscribers. Any issues that you have remaining can be converted into credits towards the purchase of any merchandise we have left. We will either e-mail you or send you a letter indicating how much of a credit you have. Or, if you order something, put a note in the order that you are a subscriber and we will issue you the appropriate credit. We also promised those that pre-ordered the Gregg Allman Live: Back to Macon a free digital issue of HTN#86. Given that issue will not be published, those who pre-ordered are welcome to a free digital copy of any other issue. Please bear with us as we figure out a way to accomplish this. Obviously, if we have a huge volume of phone calls we will not be able to keep up. Let’s try to make this happen via e-mails if at all possible.

Regarding the future of the merchandise portion of our business – we hope to move this to the Big House in the New Year. That may or may not happen. Either way, we will be working towards reducing our inventory as we wrap up the business. So, if there is an item you want, you should purchase it now as we will not be re-ordering items that go out of stock.

It is so hard for us to let go of something that has been such a big portion of our lives. It gave us immense pleasure to be able to create items for you that we ourselves wanted as fans. It caused us substantial frustration to not be able to deliver some products that we knew you wanted. Hopefully those things will happen in the future. Thank you for being with us on this incredible journey!

Sincerely,

The Staff at Hittin’ the Note


Sad to read.

I haven't been a subscriber for a while - international postal rates plus a lot of old articles being reprinted - but I do have a collection back to issue #1. When I did subscribe, delivery was always very quick, often in advance of USPS delivery.

It was always highly readable and the introduction to many new acts. Its development from a Xeroxed fanzine to a glossy colour magazine was a major triumph for all involved.

You have well earned your rest!






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  posted on 12/8/2015 at 04:49 PM
Sad news.
 

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  posted on 12/8/2015 at 05:27 PM
Hittin the Note and the people who ran the operation, both merchandise and the magazine, played a big role for the Allman Brothers success over their final couple decades. Handling much of what the band would have had to organize (merch sales) and employ people to handle was alone a great burden off the band. They also helped get us some really cool product over the years!

I've made good friends with lots of the team there. Have tons of magazines in the house. Ordered lots of merch....I'm about to put in another order. Thank you HTN note team past and present!

 

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  posted on 12/8/2015 at 05:29 PM
Very sad indeed. Nobody likes to see people lose their jobs. And a company going under.

It was a great run. Too bad...

 

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  posted on 12/8/2015 at 05:35 PM
I'm not sure I'd call this a company going under as much as folks moving on to other things in their lives. The band went part time years ago, then retired last year. It's not surprising the independent merchandising & magazine company would after that as well. Successful landing sounds more like it.

 

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  posted on 12/8/2015 at 06:03 PM
I've been a contributor, subscriber and customer of Hittin the Note since the beginning. Very sad to see it go.

Joe Bell and HTN also played a huge role in the early success of One Way Out, which helped it get on the bestseller's list. We PRE-SOLD over 1,000 copies through them, a number that astounded the people at St. Martin's. Thanks for all the support and all the great products Joe and company.

I wish we could have a big ol' going-away party.

 

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Sad to read.

I haven't been a subscriber for a while - international postal rates plus a lot of old articles being reprinted - but I do have a collection back to issue #1. When I did subscribe, delivery was always very quick, often in advance of USPS delivery.

It was always highly readable and the introduction to many new acts. Its development from a Xeroxed fanzine to a glossy colour magazine was a major triumph for all involved.

You have well earned your rest!

[Edited on 12/8/2015 by Shavian]


Well said Gordon ... pretty much sums it all up for me too ...

I had the pleasure of meeting Joe, Bill and Ron on my first visit across the pond for the Beacon in 2004 and they could not have been more welcoming ... we have been friends ever since and I have always sought them out in subsequent visits to the US for Beacon and Wanee ... it is indeed like being part of a family and I wish all of our Brothers and Sisters well with their future endeavours ...

 

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  posted on 12/8/2015 at 08:03 PM
Very sorry to hear this.

Thank yo for all the great work and great times you've given over the years.

As was mentioned, hitting the note and this website really created a great community that made so many years special with their articles, beacon parties, HTN tent at shows and the releases that likely would not have come to pass otherwise. The ABB would not have found the success they had without you. No doubt about it. The ABB experience would not have been the unique community that it was without you either.

THANKYOU!

 

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  posted on 12/8/2015 at 09:43 PM
Thanks to everyone at HTN

 

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  posted on 12/8/2015 at 10:23 PM
Wow, This is a sad read. I appreciate all you kind folks have done. At times seemingly with not much fanfare and at times unfairly bashed for the silliest of reasons. Through it all you've taken the high road time after time, Live Full, Be Well, & Do Right. May Your Blessings Of Love, Health, & Happiness Be Many! Thanx, Ronny
 

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  posted on 12/9/2015 at 01:54 PM
Very, very sad news indeed!

 

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  posted on 12/9/2015 at 02:32 PM
Sorry to hear this. Best music magazine around, covered artists that NO ONE else did.

 

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  posted on 12/9/2015 at 05:39 PM
A bit of sadness but they brought a lot of joy for us who liked the magazine and merchandise, I always called my orders in since the staff had so much enthusiasm and knowledge of the ABB and associates, retirement is a wonderful thing so best wishes and thank you for the memories. Its hard work to keep it all going so I totally understand how torn they must be. Blue Sky's to all!

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  posted on 12/10/2015 at 01:51 PM
Thanks for the kind words - It has always been our pleasure to hang with y'all!

As I type this, both my father and my step father are in hospice. It is a strong reminder of how short life is and how important it is to find joy in every day, to live in the now and to seek and hopefully find contentment. Both of my fathers have had great lives...they are ready to be with their wives in the sweet bye and bye.

I hit 60 in November and am ready to enjoy some time traveling with my wife. I do want HTN to live on and hopefully it will through the Big House...but no guarantees.

HTN has been our passion. But, many times I have put the job ahead of family needs. Now, I need to have my full time focus spent on family. Will see you down the road...

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Thanks for the kind words - It has always been our pleasure to hang with y'all!

As I type this, both my father and my step father are in hospice. It is a strong reminder of how short life is and how important it is to find joy in every day, to live in the now and to seek and hopefully find contentment.

I hit 60 in November and am ready to enjoy some time traveling with my wife. I do want HTN to live on and hopefully it will through the Big House...but no guarantees.

Both my fathers are 86 and have had great lives. They are ready to join their wives in the sweet bye and bye.

HTN has been our passion. But, many times I have put the job ahead of family needs. Now, I need to have my full time focus spent on family. Will see you down the road...

JNB

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Hello Joe,

I already posted about the sad news regarding the (sudden) end of HTN but i want to take this opportunity to wish Vicky and you the strength you need to get through the next days and weeks regarding your fathers. Just lost my father a few weeks ago (passed away peacefully in a beautiful hospice over here in the Netherlands). He was 88 and became sick in the last 2 years of his life which was blessed with good health since his (pre) retirement when he was 58. Hopefully you and Vicky had already time to sit down and have all the conversations you want to have had with your dads before it's too late. Thanking them and telling them what they meant to you are a big step in finding consolation and inner peace for your fathers and you and Vicky as well!

 

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