Vice Co-Founder’s Rider Agreement … For a Magazine Conference

The Folio: Summit is going on right now in Chicago (FULL DISCLOSURE: I was a senior editor at Folio: from 2004-2006) and I’m actually a little bummed I couldn’t make it this year. Three days of milling around some interesting publishers and aspiring ones, stellar food and too many free magazines to fit in a carry-on.

One publisher who didn’t make it this year, though, was Vice co-founder Gavin McInnes — he of the unironically cool facial hair — whom I wrote about in Folio: awhile back. He was asked to be on an entrepreneurial panel at the show. He was interested. Only his demands were, let’s say, a tad Van Halen-ish (circa 1984) for the Folio: crowd. And he took their hesitation none too kindly:

From: Gavin McInnes

Sent: Thursday, December 01, 2005 3:16 PM

To: Folio

Subject: Re: Invitation to Speak at Folio: EPS

So I’d take a day or two out of my year and pay a few hundred bucks to talk to young people and encourage them to compete with my brand? That is the craziest thing I’ve ever heard. I would never do this in a million years.

In fact, I wouldn’t even begin to consider it without

  • first class plane ticket
  • nice hotel nearby (not South Chicago!)
  • car to pick me up and take me there
  • $5,000

    And even then I’m not sure if I’d do it.

    Gavin Miles McInnes
    Co-Founder VICE
    Brooklyn, NY
    Phone: REDACTED

  • Continue for the Folio: event coordinator’s pithy response.

    From: Meredith Townsley

    Sent: Thursday, December 01, 2005 3:46 PM

    To: ‘Gavin McInnes’

    Subject: RE: Invitation to Speak at Folio: EPS

    I would hardly consider Michigan Avenue South Chicago. The audience for this event consists of managerial and C-level tier of the industry — not “young people.” We’d consider your requests for a larger publishing company/name but we’ll have to pass on this for you. Thanks.

    Meredith Townsley
    Event Coordinator
    FOLIO: – Event Marketer – Event Design – CM