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Gloria Stavers: October 3rd, 1927-April 1st, 1983

Dave Marsh, Rolling Stone, 12 May 1983

ON THE surface, 16 magazine was no more than a shallow, dizzy fanzine for teenage girls. It was crammed with bubblegum singers, TV idols, "win a dream date" contests and "what's your favorite color" interviews. What made it something more was Gloria Stavers, its editor, chief writer and photographer from 1957 to 1974. When she died recently, we lost more than a friend; we also lost America's original pop-music writer, the force behind what was at one time the most influential and widely circulated rock publication in America.

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