Andy remains, in the hearts of those who knew and worked with him at WBCN-FM, and later at The Nation, Village Voice, New York Review of Books and elsewhere, as we miss and remember gutsy and radical and kind and brilliant Andy.
Fred W. McDarrah: Save the Village takes its name from the words painted on the side of an artist's studio on Greenwich Avenue, demolished in 1960 and memorably photographed by McDarrah. Its shadows remain in the literary and cultural walking tours that lace the neighborhood.
Musto first made a name for himself in the 80s, when the downtown New York scene was at its peak of flamboyance and grit. It was also a battleground for gay rights, and Musto, an openly gay man, was a fierce voice for equality.
This week I talked with Michael Musto, the legendary NYC club and celebrity reporter whose weekly gossip column "La Dolce Musto," which ran in The Village Voice for 28 years, came to an abrupt end. We talked about the future of journalism and his spin on LGBT issues.
The abrupt closing last week of the 47-year-old Boston Phoenix was a shock to the alternative weekly ecosystem. It also underscored the divide between struggling big city papers and more viable smaller-market ones.