Local David Remnick Groupies Crash AMC After-Party In Phoenix


Remnick, right, with New York’s Adam Moss and Jann Wenner at the 2006 National Magazine Awards, has spawned groupies once reserved for bands featured in Rolling Stone

We’re not sure if this is an indictment of American celebrity or just plain sad, but shuffling between the cigar bar at the American Magazine Conference’s “late-night DJ party” and the bar at the Arizona Biltmore we encountered what can only be described as “magazine executive groupies,” who had crashed the after-hours portion of the conference with the express purpose of meeting New Yorker editor David Remnick and, if not Remnick, Jane editor Brandon Holley.

Armed with vague sounding business cards, the groupies, however, went home disappointed. “We heard he left right after his Obama interview,” said one of the “groupies” who asked not to be identified. “We saw the schedule online and just decided to show up,” another said. “Plus, we’re sick of Phoenix and want better jobs.”

Holley, who did not partake in the cigar smoking session, bolted before the “groupies” could get to her.

These were not the only magazine groupies to surface at AMC. Other “attendees” without laminates left the conference hall hauling armfuls of complimentary general interest magazines, multiple copies of Playboy in tow.

“They probably just wanted something to read by the pool,” a fellow attendee said.

FishbowlNY will be blogging live this week from the American Magazine Conference — the annual pow-wow of high-powered magazine executives — at the Arizona Biltmore Resort & Spa in Phoenix. Check back often for our extended coverage.

FishbowlNY’s AMC 2006 Coverage:

  • AMC 2006: Hachette Prez: ‘Closing A Magazine No More A Sign Of Industry Death Than Cancellation Of A TV Series’
  • Time Inc. Chief Ann Moore: Overseeing Time Inc.’s Magazines Are ‘Like Having 149 Children That Need To Go To College At The Same Time’
  • Barack Obama: ‘I Inhaled — That Was The Point’
  • Ex-G+J Prez Joins First Round Bids For Time Inc.’s Time 4
  • Anna Wintour Named Editor Of The Year
  • AMC 2006: Sipping Cactus Juice With David Remnick, Other Mag Execs In The Desert
  • Rachael Ray To Open Burger Joint
  • MagShapes? Magazine Executives To Deejay ‘After-Party’ In Desert