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The Quietus

The Quietus
Web address
Type of site Music and pop culture webzine
Registration No
Created by John Doran
Launched Summer 2008
Current status Active

The Quietus is a British online rock music and pop culture magazine, focusing on arts news, reviews, and features. The site is an editorially independent publication led by John Doran and a group of freelance journalists and critics, some of whom have worked for other media outlets.


The Quietus concentrates on reviews for albums and films and often features interviews with notable musicians and artists. It also occasionally reviews books, comics, graphic novels, TV series, and DVDs. The website is edited by John Doran, who claims that it caters for "the intelligent music fan between the age of 21 and, well, 73".[1] Its staff list includes former Melody Maker journalist David Stubbs,[2] BBC Radio 1 DJ Steve Lamacq, and Professor Simon Frith and often includes guest writers. The Quietus has featured exclusive interviews with Sex Pistols' Glen Matlock, The Clash's Mick Jones, The Smiths' Johnny Marr, The The's Matt Johnson, Oasis's Noel Gallagher, New Order's Peter Hook, Sonic Youth's Lee Ranaldo, The Killers' Brandon Flowers, Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark's Andy McCluskey, and La Roux's Elly Jackson, among others. Content from the site's interviews have been used by other national and international media outlets.[3][4][5][6][7][8] The site's news has been cited by publications from Russia to Brazil and Indonesia.[9][10][11] The Quietus also organises independent music gigs in tandem with entertainment venues.

Metallica controversy

In 2008, the management company of heavy metal band Metallica, Q Prime, set up a "listening party" with several prominent music critics, including staff from The Quietus, to play them early versions of tracks from the upcoming album Death Magnetic. The Quietus, Kerrang!, and Metal Hammer subsequently published editorial reviews of the tracks, but were contacted by Metallica's management who asked that they remove the commentary.[12] Doran told The Guardian, "Q Prime were obviously only doing what they thought was best for the band, but sometimes you just have to step away from the espresso machine, take a deep breath and realise that you can't stage manage the entire worldwide media."[13] Metallica apologised for the error and commented in an official statement, "Why take down mostly positive reviews of the new material and prevent people from getting psyched about the next record ... that makes no sense to us!" Links to the websites in question, including The Quietus, were included in the band's post to make up for the error.[14]


In 2008, The Quietus won Student Publication Choice at the Record of the Day Awards.[15] In 2009, the site won Best Digital Publication at the same awards ceremony, where Doran won Live Review Writer of the Year.[16] The same year, it was chosen as one of The 25 Best Music Websites by The Independent.[17]


External links

  • Metallica v. The Quietus at Citizen Media Law Project
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