Addicted to Noise was an online music magazine in the early days of the World Wide Web. Founded in 1994 by ex-Rolling Stone Associate Editor and Senior Writer Michael Goldberg, he was also the Editor in Chief from October 1994 – June 2000). The first issue was in December 1994 and it was the first online magazine to include audio samples alongside new album reviews.
Among the many artists interviewed for ATN were R.E.M., Neil Young, Patti Smith, Sonic Youth, Chris Isaak, Eminem, Green Day, Metallica, American Music Club, Tom Waits, Paul Westerberg, Lou Reed, David Lowery of Cracker/ Camper Van Beethoven, Sleater-Kinney and Prince. ATN also became renowned for its comprehensive music news coverage.
In 1997 Telstra Australia licensed the name and ATN content from the USA and started Addicted To Noise (Australia), which went on to win two national ONYA Awards as Best Online Music Magazine in 1999 and 2000.
After a merger with SonicNet both companies were acquired in America by MTV and the ATN site eventually folded. The Australian site was also closed and made way to BigPond Music.
Michael Goldberg went on to found and run the not-for-profit music/art site Neumu (neumu.net) (2001-2005). He completed his first novel, Days of the Crazy-Wild, in 2012, and is currently writing a second novel.
Brian Wise continued to edit and publish Rhythms Magazine, Australia’s ‘roots’ music Bible, until 2007 and edited its website until 2012. He remains its senior Contributing Editor.
Now in 2013 Addicted To Noise has been resurrected in Australia and promises to bring the same passionate coverage of music as it did in its first incarnation. All of the good stuff!