Rolling Stone fired a writer over his bad Hootie and the Blowfish review

Hootie and the Blowfish

Hootie and the Blowfish

Rolling Stone has announced they won't change policies or staff following their retraction of "A Rape on Campus." What has prompted past action? Complaining about a yanked Hootie and the Blowfish review, later published in City Pages.

Jim DeRogatis wrote a review of the 1996 album Fairweather Johnson*, titled "American Blandstand." After his review got pulled and replaced with a more favorable one by Elysa Gardner, DeRogatis complained to the New York Observer.

The Observer quoted a spokesman for Rolling Stone saying the review swap was a matter of writing quality and not opinion, and DeRogatis saying Rolling Stone Editor and Publisher Jann Wenner is not necessarily a Hootie fan, but "a fan of bands that sell eight and a half million copies" of a record. The day after the piece ran, DeRogatis was fired. (A follow-up piece in the Observer said Rolling Stone would not discuss DeRogatis's departure for reasons of employer-employee privacy.)

Read DeRogatis' full review below while listening to the soothing sounds of 1996.

A Good Blowfish Is Hard to Find (City Pages)

* correction: original post erroneously said DeRogatis' review was for Cracked Rear View.