By Abby Grinberg, The Verb Hotel
Last month, a loyal Verb fan donated her entire Rolling Stone Magazine collection to the hotel. Now this isn't just any collection. It involved a trip to her attic to collect many boxes filled to the brim with magazines.
Mary Melodee Mena is a life-long rock and roll fan, former D.I. and self-proclaimed pack rat. When Mary and her husband, Paul, finally combined and alphabetized their music collections (over 1500 CDs and countless albums) they saw it as a deeper commitment than their wedding vows. I had the opportunity to ask Mary a few questions about her collection and love for music.
1. When did you start collecting Rolling Stone Magazines and what inspired you to start?
I started reading Rolling Stone Magazines in the mid to late 70s. I didn't start collecting them until the early 80s when I moved to Massachusetts from the Midwest. I started saving them because of the great photography on the cover and inside the magazine. I also knew eventually it would be fun to look back through them to read about "up and coming bands" that are now mainstream superstars.
2. As a rough estimate, how many magazines would you say you have?
I'm not sure of the exact number...but I'd guesstimate that it is close to 1000.
3. Do you have a favorite issue?
Any issue with Sting on the cover. :)
4. Who is your favorite artist/band?
See answer above! I'm a very big fan of The Police and Sting's solo career...but I also love Indi artists like The Mountain Goats, Amen Dunes, Mark Eitzel, Mike Doughty, I could go on and on...
5. What is the best concert you've ever attended?
I've seen A LOT of live shows, so it is difficult to pick just one. The Ramones at the Cape Cod Coliseum in the early 80s was pretty memorable. Also, seeing hometown boy, Jonathan Richman play at the TCAN in Natick in 2005 was an incredible experience. A third of the people in the audience were my age and knew him from the Modern Lovers. Another third were young people who had seem him in the movie, There's Something About Mary, and the rest were Jonathan's former school teachers, family and friends. It was a really intimate show and so much fun.
6. If you could be any famous person for a day, who would you be?
Trudie Styler, of course!
The Verb sends a huge thank you to Mary and Paul for their kind donation. The collection will soon be on display for the reading enjoyment of our guests, so stay tuned!