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Addicted to Noise (ATN) 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 and online music pioneer Jon Luini, it published its first issue in December 1994 and 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. The distinctive logo – originally a coat of arms using two syringes, but later changed so it featured two guitars – was designed by artist Frank Kozik. ATN's daily "Music News of the World" quickly became a source of music news used by MTV, numerous radio stations throughout the world, and many print publications including the NME and Melody Maker.

Goldberg enlisted a who's who of music critics to write for ATN including Dave Marsh, Greil Marcus, Richard Meltzer, Ed Ward, Billy Altman,Deborah Frost, Bud Scoppa, Roy Trakin, Chris Morris, and others. Music and literary stars including Joey Ramone, William Gibson, Was (Not Was) co-leader David Was, Patti Smith Group guitarist Lenny Kaye, and Sleater-Kinney's Corin Tucker wrote guest columns or reviews.[1]

In 1997, ATN and SonicNet were both acquired by Paradigm Music Entertainment,[2] which in turn was acquired by TCI Music which was then acquired by Viacom in 1999 and folded into MTV's online operation, MTVi.[3] Goldberg became a Senior Vice-President at SonicNet where he was also Editor in Chief of both SonicNet and Addicted To Noise. He went on to found a music and culture blog, Days of the Crazy-Wild and is a columnist for the Australian Addicted to Noise.[4][5] Luini remains in the digital media business, and serves as the president and founder of Chime Interactive, a digital media consulting agency, among other ventures.[6][7] Former Director of Ad Sales, David Hyman, went on to found MOG.[8]

In 2008 MTV started a short-lived online venture using the same domain name.[9]


  1. ^ "Internet Archive Wayback Machine". Archived from the original on August 15, 2000.
  2. ^ Billboard March 8, 1997
  3. ^ CMJ June 7, 1999
  4. ^ Goldberg, Michael. "About Me". Days of the Crazy-Wild. Retrieved October 17, 2013.
  5. ^ Goldberg, Michael. "The Drama You've Been Craving". Addicted to Noise. Australia. Retrieved October 17, 2013.
  6. ^ Mitchell, Dan (August 22, 2013). "Blast from the past: IUMA cofounder on the state of online music". Business Insider. Archived from the original on October 19, 2013. Retrieved October 17, 2013.
  7. ^ "About". Chime Interactive. Retrieved October 17, 2013.
  8. ^ Addicted To Noise
  9. ^ Addicted To Noise - DIY Stardom

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