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I’ve read countless articles on Medium about “How To” make hundreds, if not thousands, of dollars on this platform each month. I appreciate and enjoy all of them.

What seems to be lacking however is the more realistic, less extravagant, and infinitely more attainable, “How to earn $1 to $5 a month on Medium” articles. Fear not my probably average, mostly overlooked, fellow coffee money writers, I’ve got you. Your worries are over and I will reveal all of my secrets.

If it sounds like I’m taking a shot at those making a killing each month writing on the same…

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Writing poetry or articles, as I’ve been doing weekly (sometimes daily) here on Medium for the past year, is a lot easier than writing an entire piece about myself…but here goes!

Hi, my name is Rob Janicke. I was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York but don’t have the accent to prove it. I got rid of that a long time ago. Catch me when I’m tired or after a couple of glasses of wine and it may spill out a little bit.

I’m 47-years-old, have been married since 2012, have two kids (7 and almost 5) and I’m…


Going back in time with one of punk’s most important bands

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In 2015, California punk icons, Bad Religion, announced a limited series of shows they dubbed, “Battle of the Centuries” to help them celebrate their 35th anniversary as a band.

The idea was to play back-to-back nights in the same city and split the gigs into songs from the 20th Century (1981–2000) on the first night and the 21st Century (2002–2013) on the second.

I’m a bit spoiled when it comes to seeing shows because of where I live. I’ve lived in New York my entire life. Started in Brooklyn, then to Staten Island, then to Long Island, back to Brooklyn…

What would music be like if Kurt Cobain were still alive?

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April 5th, 2021, marked 27 years that Nirvana frontman, Kurt Cobain left this world.

For those born in or after the 1990s, Kurt Cobain is likely more of a myth than a man. A musical reference for terms and sounds you’ve only read about and listened to but never experienced. He’s a unicorn with a guitar.

When Cobain was found dead from a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head on April 8th, 1994 (the medical examiner estimated his death occurred three days earlier) in his home in Seattle, Washington, the world of music was forever changed.

I was just about…

Books about the music we love and why we care

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“The only true currency in this bankrupt world is what you share with someone else while you’re uncool.” -Lester Bangs

Sharing a love for music isn’t something done without thought, intent, or even some level of stress. We want those we share our sonic souls with to feel the same excitement and passion we feel for the music we hold so dear.

I’ve been a music nerd since I was a little kid and I proudly wear that moniker to this very day. Does it make me “uncool” in some circles? Of course it does. Do I care? …


Autocorrect is a national treasure, how dare you think otherwise

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Dear Dennis Wehirer,

You wrote a letter to me not too long ago, and I must say, I’m highly offended.

I’ll get into several examples which clearly show how off base your vitriol and criticisms were. First, though, I’d like to give you a few lines from your letter just so you can see how angry you were.

Oh, before I do that, I know your name is Deborah Weir and not Dennis Wehirer but I wanted you to feel like you’re not alone in your hatred of autocorrect.

Where was I? Oh right, your deep-seated and misplaced anger from…


A poem about you

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Solitude and possibility, the eyesight of youth.
Churning thoughts of “what ifs” and “what nows”, turn the volume up.

They rushed you through the same wretched holes they spilled from.
A lonely thud.

Unseen by everyone, except for your failures.
The training of obedience and control flowed like the rage of countless rivers.

It was there though, it gnawed at you like a wound.
Unprotected, infected.

The conveyor belt never did move fast enough, zombies one and all.
With feet on the floor and your spot in the queue, entrenched and established.

Light found its way, a ray yours alone…

The movie may have tried to capitalize on the “Grunge” movement, but the soundtrack truly captured it

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Christopher Robin wrote a story about a film and its soundtrack that had a profound impact on him which inspired me to write one as well.

Read Christopher’s story here

The world in 2021 is very different than it was in 1992. The reasons are many, but music is certainly one of the biggest. Honestly, when it comes to music, the two years in question aren’t simply worlds apart, they’re galaxies apart.

Singles, a movie by Cameron Crowe, was written and released to take advantage of the immense popularity of the heavy and introspective music coming out of Seattle, Washington…

Rob Janicke

Married father of two, started a record label & writes a bit! Let’s talk: Twitter @robjanicke & IG @rob_janicke

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