title = Sassy
image_size = 200px
image_caption = The April 1992 cover of "Sassy" featuring
Kurt Cobainand Courtney Love
editor_title = editor-in-chief
frequency = Monthly
category = Teen Magazine
publisher = Matilda Publications (1988-89), Lang Communications (1989-1994)
firstdate = March 1988
country = USA
language = English
"Sassy Magazine" is a defunct cult fave
teen magazine. It was founded in March 1988 by an Australian feminist, Sandra Yates, CEOof Matilda Publications, who based it on the teen magazine "Dolly", which is still in publication in Australia.
Sassy's founding editor was
Jane Pratt, and it had a half Australian, half American staff. Its original main writers were referred to by Pratt as "Sex" (Karen Catchpole), "Drugs" (Catherine Gysin), and "Rock 'n Roll" (Christina Kelly) [Sassy, Jane Pratt's Editor's Page, 1988] because of the topics they covered. The fashion department was headed by Mary Clarke and Andrea Lee Linett, and one of their discoveries was Chloë Sevigny, whom they spotted on the street and hired as an intern. The Australian half of the staff covered the art & design (Neil McCutcheon) and beauty departments.
Sassy was originally published in March 1988 in the
United Statesby Matilda Publications with a circulation of 250,000. It was acquired by Lang Communications in October 1989, at which point its circulation was 450,000. [ [http://query.nytimes.com/gst/fullpage.html?res=950DE0DF1431F934A25753C1A96F948260 Stakes Sold In Magazines] ] Petersen Publishing officially took over with the February – March 1995 issue [ [http://select.nytimes.com/gst/abstract.html?res=F10611FA395D0C7B8CDDAB0994DC494D81 Petersen Will Restart Sassy With Push for Older Readers] ] , and its editorial offices were moved to Los Angelesfrom Manhattan. It then stopped publishing as its own title in 1996, when editorial sections (and staff) of "Sassy" were absorbed into another magazine published by Petersen called `"TEEN" [ [http://caselaw.lp.findlaw.com/cgi-bin/getcase.pl?court=2nd&navby=case&no=987589 TIME, INC. v PETERSON PUBLISHING, Decided: April 14, 1999] ] beginning with the January 1997 issue. [ [http://query.nytimes.com/gst/fullpage.html?res=9E04E6D81239F933A05753C1A960958260 "Sassy and Teen Will Be Merged" -- The New York Times, October 30, 1996] ]
In the early 1990s, "Sassy" spun off a short-lived title for teen boys called "Dirt", which was edited by Andy Jenkins, Mark Lewman and music video director
Spike Jonze(collectively known as "the Master Cluster"). It published seven sporadic issues before ending its run in 1994.
"Sassy"'s in-house band was named after the
Chia Pet, with various members from the editorial staff, including Jane Pratt on violin, Christina Kelly on vocals, her then-husband Robert Weeks on guitar, her then-sister-in-law (and "Sassy" writer) Jessica Vitkus Weeks on bass guitar, Mary Ann Marshall (also a "Sassy" scribe) on drums. Karen Catchpole also lent co-lead vocals to some songs. ["Hey Baby" CD liner notes]
* "Hey Baby" -- CD single of original songs1. "Hey Baby"
3. "Blind Date"
* "Tannis Root Presents: Freedom Of Choice" -- various-artists pro-choice fundraising CD of cover songs16. "Don't You Want Me Baby"
Book: "How "Sassy" Changed My Life"
In April 2007,
Faber and Faberreleased a tribute to and history of "Sassy" by former " Teen Vogue" editor Kara Jesella [ [http://www.mediabistro.com/articles/cache/a9578.asp Book Keeping: Authors Uncover Sassy's Rise and Fall] ] and Marisa Meltzer called "How "Sassy" Changed My Life: A Love Letter To The Greatest Teen Magazine Of All Time". The book recounts the magazine's rise and fall; its unusual appeal to both men and women, teenagers and adults; and its influence on mainstream as well as alternative women's magazines. It includes interviews with staffers and fans.
* The November 1990 issue contained an offer to win a free 7" single by
Sonic Youth. The A-side was a cover of "Personality Crisis" by the New York Dolls; the B-side was "Dirty Boots (8-track demo short version)." It was limited to 2000 copies. View cover [http://sonicyouth.com/mustang/lp/ep23e.jpghere] .
Ian Svenoniusof the rock band The Nation of Ulysseswas named the inaugural "Sassiest Boy In America" in the October 1991 issue.
* After excerpting it three times, Sassy led to the publication of
Blake Nelson's first novel Girl, which had been rejected previously by over forty publishers and agents.
teen magazineshave now folded under [http://www.womensenews.org/article.cfm/dyn/aid/833/context/jounalistofthemonth Christina Kelly] as Editor in Chief: first Sassy Magazine, then YM Magazine, and most recently Elle Girl, which only lasted five issues under Kelly.
* "Sassy" is also a
Hawaiian youth magazine published by Double Talk Publishing. Its companion title is "G". Both titles are unaffiliated with Jane Pratt's periodical.
* "Sassy" was the subject of some mockery and criticism during its run for what some saw as superficiality and trendiness. These attacks included a profanity-laden rant by the lead character in the first chapter of the
Dan Clowes graphic novel" Ghost World", and the recurring " Saturday Night Live" sketch with Phil Hartmanas "Russell Clark, Senior Editor of "Sassy Magazine" serving as the rather strenuously hip host of a roundtable discussion of "sassy" young men; his character inexplicably declared every utterance from the men to be "SASSY!"
* A line in the
Cap'n Jazzsong "Planet Shhh" references the magazine with the line "I can't shake the shapeless memories every time I read "Sassy"."
* The alternative school
Hampshire Collegewas selected as the "sassiest" college in America
* Jane Magazine
* [http://www.wwd.com/issue/article/111378 "The Sassy Era"] at
* [http://www.blairmag.com/sissy/ "Sissy Magazine" at Blairmag: the lost December 1994 issue -- Sassy's Last Issue Ever]
* [http://radosh.net/writing/sassy.html "Too Young to Know: The Selling of Sassy"]
* [http://www.salon.com/media/media961118.html "KICKING SASS -- sassy's dead. R.I.P. Sassy. And it's about damn time."]
* [http://www.mediabistro.com/articles/cache/a5284.asp Why Jane Pratt's "Jane" never quite lived up to Jane Pratt's "Sassy"]
* [http://www.thenyrm.com/000642.html The New York Review of Magazines: We Still Love Sassy]
* [http://www.oberlin.edu/stupub/ocreview/archives/1997.10.03/arts/jane.html Interview with Jane Pratt in "The Oberlin Review"]
* [http://www.nerve.com/dispatches/jesella/cutebandalert/ Cute Band Alert: How "Sassy" magazine created a new sex object.]
* [http://sonicyouth.com/mustang/lp/ep23.html Sonic Youth 7" info]
* [http://web.archive.org/web/20060407141902/http://www.crownfarmer.com/333/dirt/index.html Issue 8 of "Dirt", never published] (archived site that went offline in 2006; may contain dead links and broken images)
* [http://www.wired.com/wired/archive/3.08/scans.html Wired.com article on "Dirt"]
* [http://www.sassymag.com/Issue.html Hawaiian youth magazine also entitled "Sassy"]
* [http://www.snarly.com/Sassy/index.html Some of the articles Marjorie Ingall wrote for Sassy (as Margie Ingall)]
* [http://www.forward.com/authors/marjorie-ingall/ Recent articles by ex-Sassy writer/editor Marjorie Ingall]
* [http://www.papierdoll.net/themag/2006/12/01/confessions-of-a-sassy-girl/ Confessions of a Sassy Girl article by writer Mengly Taing]
* [http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=9826498 NPR's Talk of the Nation on Sassy, April 25, 2007]
* [http://venuszine.com/stories/arts_reads/3810.php Ms. Junior: an excerpt from the book "How Sassy Changed My Life"] in the Spring 2007 of "Venus Zine"
* February 1990 cover: [http://www.thejumpingfrog.com/si/1175177.html The Sassiest Girl in America]
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