03/18/2010 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree

Well, I've had better Christmases -- thanks to learning a few days ago that my magazine, Editor & Publisher, faces a January 1 expiration notice after publishing for only 125 years. So, to cheer myself up, I launched earlier this week the trailer for my upcoming (and first) Web series, "An Incompleat History of Rock 'n Roll."

Perhaps it will get you, in the immortal words of Brenda Lee, to start "rockin' around the Christmas tree" yourself. In any case, David Wild, longtime writer and contributing editor at Rolling Stone, this week at Huff Post called it "the most promising upcoming Web music series."

Only five minutes long, it features clips of Elvis, Ricky Nelson, Roy Orbison, The Beatles, Bob Dylan and Neil Young. Plus: a photo that John Lennon gave me in my Crawdaddy days that finds him "just pissing about." A look at the very first major article about Bruce Springsteen that I helped create at Crawdaddy. And, on a personal note, a photo of me when I was age three about to spin a record; the ticket stub for my first rock concert (electric Dylan, 1965); me with Springsteen in 1973; and even a movie still that finds me with....Jeff Goldblum.

And, more. It's shot and edited by my film director son, Andy Mitchell of "MacAwesome" fame.

So, consider this either my Christmas gift -- or coal in your stocking. Either way, don't forget to rock! Watch it here, and happy holidays to you.
Greg Mitchell is editor of Editor & Publisher. He was executive editor at Crawdaddy from 1971 to 1979. He can be reached here. And he blogs here.