|For many of you, this weekly mailout is Popbitch, but when we kicked things off back in the early 2000s there was another important aspect of our work. The Popbitch messageboard: a place where journalists, celebrities and pop culture obsessives came to face off.
Madonna used to post here. Queen’s John Deacon turned up to support the board’s first fundraiser. Much of Fleet St, half the UK music industry, even well-known MPs-turned-nutjob-conspiracy-theorists. Everyone cut their teeth here. It led to Popbitch weddings, babies, divorces – and worse.
Keeping us all entertained year after year was the Reverend Goatboy, an ex-roadie with a raft of tall tales. It’s hard to believe that this weekend will mark 10 years since he died, but this anniversary seems to be the right moment for us to take the step to shutter the board.
We don’t need to tell you how much the internet’s moved on this last decade, and we know so many of you personally now that there are other ways to fill the pages of this newsletter each week (which, to be clear, is going to continue for as long as you’ll have us).
So, old PB posters: you’ve got ’til 31st July to say your farewells, pretend you think everyone’s a cunt, and (if you’re lucky) cop off with someone for old times’ sake.
Thanks to everyone who ever posted or lurked. It’s been a privilege, and we look forward to hanging out with you for many more years (including a celebratory party – details coming soon.)
If you want to jump in for one last bout of p and b, do it now.