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March 8th, 2014

Rock And Roll March Madness Sweet Sixteen Round - Classic Rock Division

Poll #1959733 Rock And Roll March Madness Sweet Sixteen Round - Classic Rock Division

Stones/Floyd

The Rolling Stones
50(62.5%)
Pink Floyd
30(37.5%)

Hendrix/CCR

Jimi Hendrix
54(67.5%)
Creedence Clearwater Revival
26(32.5%)

Rock And Roll March Madness Sweet Sixteen Round - Women In Rock Division

Poll #1959734 Rock And Roll March Madness Sweet Sixteen Round - Women In Rock Division

Joan/Heart

Joan Jett
52(65.0%)
Heart
28(35.0%)

Tina/Janis

Tina Turner
35(43.8%)
Janis Joplin
45(56.2%)

Rock And Roll March Madness Sweet Sixteen Round - Punk/Alternative Division

Poll #1959735 Rock And Roll March Madness Sweet Sixteen Round - Punk/Alternative Division

Cash/REM

Johnny Cash
50(61.7%)
REM
31(38.3%)

Ramones/Clash

The Ramones
30(37.5%)
The Clash
50(62.5%)

Rock And Roll March Madness Sweet Sixteen Round - Metal Division

Poll #1959736 Rock And Roll March Madness Sweet Sixteen Round - Metal Division

Zep/Maiden

Led Zeppelin
56(67.5%)
Iron Maiden
27(32.5%)

Metallica/Sabbath

Metallica
35(42.7%)
Black Sabbath
47(57.3%)

Rock And Roll March Madness Sweet Sixteen Round - Anchor Post

Metal

Punk/Alternative

Women In Rock

Classic Rock

Anne Rice Is Mad As Hell And Not Going To Take It Anymore

Anne Rice has given an interview to The Guardian arguing that Amazon reviewers are being mean to her and should have to reveal their real names.





"They've worked their way into the Amazon system as parasites, posting largely under pseudonyms, lecturing, bullying, seeking to discipline authors whom they see as their special prey."




She's signed a petition to that effect that has about 1,000 signatures. Amazon is pretty much silent on the issue (which makes sense - better to be nice to people who buy books than people who write books if you are trying to sell books.)

Rice does make some valid points - in the sense that people who write reviews that are nothing more than "this author should die" should probably be banned from the system. But, Amazon can do that without taking away everyone's anonymity.

Beyond that, I can't imagine anything at this point would stop people from posting some mean comments about Anne Rice books.

Lord knows some of her books are awful - I'm looking at you "Violin" and "Lasher" - and people are going to say shitty things about them no matter what.

That said, the larger problems seem to be on the forums section of Amazon.





"My experience with the gangster bullies in the forum has been very bleak and ugly," Rice writes on the petition to Amazon. "I post there under my own name. They blatantly violate your guidelines with personal insults and harassing posts. If you would only apply your own guidelines this would greatly help. I feel a lot of these people are obsessive abusers who have found some sort of dark home on Amazon tormenting writers. I urge you to take action."




This seems like an issue that could be solved by forum moderators - because while I think people should be able to say awful things about awful books, getting threatening towards writers themselves is beyond the pale.

Rock And Roll March Madness Sweet Sixteen Round - The Brackets

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