Readers respond to Aaron Spelling, Ted Danson, and Elvis Costello

A more accurate description of alternative rock has never been written in a mainstream magazine. Either your sources were your very hip children, or your writers are O.P.’s (Original Punks). Maybe your article will inspire people to go through those cutout record bins (yes, vinyl) and find out what underground, independent, avant-garde, and alternative are really all about!
Antonia Borghino

Your total ignorance and drooling over these new incarnations is truly ridiculous. You make it sound as if there is something completely new and exciting taking place, and we should be exceptionally happy about all the choices we have today. Does anyone remember when we didn’t have to categorize bands to enjoy them? What did folks call Elvis Costello at first? New-wave- alternative-folk-anger? Oh, come on.
Nicholas S. Blakey
San Francisco

I wish I could believe that the success of some of my favorite bands was due to the record-buying public’something more sincere. But I fear that it’s just another case of people being spoon-fed by articles like yours, which suggest that being an alternative-music fan means donning a flannel shirt and owning a couple of the albums on your beginners’ checklist. This type of music needs to be felt, not learned. By the way, it’s great that you chose the Chili Peppers for your cover, but you could have gotten Arik Marshall’s name right.

Jenne Nauman East Stroudsburg, Pa.

‘Hills’ of Gold I can’t tell you how saddened I am to read that the cast of Beverly Hills, 90210 is ”ridiculously underpaid” at $20,000 per week (News & Notes). Please print an address where I can send these poor kids grocery money (Ted Danson’s address would also be appreciated-maybe he’ll send me money for a new car).
Yvonne Mills
Havre de Grace, Md.

As the person with whom Aaron Spelling has worked from day one to shape the tone and creative direction of Beverly Hills, 90210, let me state for the record that at no time has Mr. Spelling, or any representative from Spelling Entertainment or the (Fox) network, ever instructed me to ”send a character to boarding school,” or asked me to link creative matters with business considerations, as Alan Carter implies by quoting an anonymous ”90210 source.” Moreover, using Ted Danson’s mega-salary as a standard for comparison (with those of 90210) actors does not take into account that Danson’s salary was negotiated during an era in which the broadcast industry—as well as the world economy in general—was not suffering through a major economic slump.

Those of us on 90210, who have seen our good fortunes rise with the show’s popularity, are learning to temper our expectations with the reality of the times. Get with the program, people!
Charles Rosin
Executive Producer
Beverly Hills, 90210
Los Angeles