Michael Molenda, Editor in Chief, Guitar Player
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Michael Molenda, Editor in Chief, Guitar Player

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Michael Molenda has launched, relaunched, revamped, overseen, and/or edited MC2, Rumble, Christian Guitarist & Bassist, Heroes of Electric Blues, Icon Series: Jimi Hendrix, Frets, The Essential Guide to Strings & Accessories, The Ulimate Guide to Guitar & Bass Gear, Masters of Metal, Dream Machines, Icon Series: The Marshall Amp, Icon Series: The PRS Guitar, The Guitar Player Book, and Heroes of Classic Rock


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Michael Molenda - Editor In Chief, Guitar Player
One of San Francisco's seminal punk rockers (mid '70s vintage) who is profiled in Who's Who in California Rock, Michael Molenda has haunted the Bay Area music scene as a performer, audio engineer, producer, studio owner (Sound & Vision, and, currently, Tiki Town), benefit-concert promoter, and seminar speaker. His Black&Blue (1972) was one of the city's first musician-oriented newsletters, covering gear, concerts, career and gigging strategies, and the then-infant home-recording scene. After achieving international "underground" notoriety with Silhouette (1977-1979) and the Wobblies (1979-82), Molenda self-produced, wrote, and starred in Streetbeat (1983) -- one of the first rock multimedia performances, incorporating a libretto, sound design, live actors, dancers, rear-screen projections, sets, and a complete onstage rock band.

Still performing (as a solo artist) and producing (for various Bay Area rock bands and record labels, as well as clients such as NASA, PBS, the National Park Service, Roto Rooter, CBS, and Paramount Pictures), Molenda assumed the Editor in Chief role at Electronic Musician in 1990, transforming the former DIY and MIDI magazine into the premier home recording publication in the U.S. Molenda became Editor in Chief of Guitar Player in 1998, and, within little more than a year, helped the magazine attain more than 100,000 subscribers -- a plateau still unmatched for an instrument magazine in the MI industry. While at GP, he also launched or guided Rumble (a youth-oriented guitar and bass zine), MC2 (an electronic/DJ/home studio culture magazine), the Editors' Pick Awards, the Readers' Choice Awards, Christian Guitarist & Bassist, and Guitar Player's Guitar Hero Competition.