Joe Levy Takes The Reins At “Blender”

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VH1 talking-head staple and former Rolling Stone executive editor Joe Levy has been named editor-in-chief of Blender, according to a release that just landed in our inbox. Levy is apparently replacing Craig Marks, who had been Blender‘s editor-in-chief since 2004; the magazine also appointed a new publisher in December. Guess this means Levy won’t be on the next season of I’m From Rolling Stone! Full release after the jump.

New York, NY (January 9, 2008) — Alpha Media Group Inc. CEO Kent Brownridge today announced the appointment of Joe Levy to Editor-in-Chief of Blender, the award-winning music magazine. Levy will oversee the editorial strategy and direction of Blender. He joins Ben Madden who was named Publisher in December.

Levy joins Blender from Rolling Stone where he most recently served as Executive Editor. For the past ten years, Levy helped define the editorial direction of Rolling Stone, steered the magazine’s music coverage, edited features and cover stories, and supervised special issues such as Rolling Stone’s 1000th issue and the RS 500, the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.

Prior to Rolling Stone, Levy was a senior editor at Details and an editor at the Village Voice and Spin. He taught at NYU’s Clive Davis School of Recorded Music as an adjunct professor and is the co-editor of The Rolling Stone Interviews (Back Bay Books).

Kent Brownridge, CEO of Alpha Media Group Inc. said, “Joe is the Dean of today’s music magazine editors–he is well known among his peers in the music industry, and beyond, for his passion and professionalism and I am thrilled to welcome him.”

Levy graduated from Yale University with distinction. He and his wife reside in New York City.

Blender [Official site] [Photo: MTV]

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