Pitchfork turns fifteen

By | Published on Wednesday 17 August 2011


Pitchfork has reached it fifteenth birthday, which hardly seems possible but it’s true.

Writing on the website, founder Ryan Schreiber said: “A decade and a half feels like an eternity on the internet. In the late summer of 1996, when Pitchfork launched as a daily music review site, the web itself had just turned five, and the tools that now power our daily online lives – search engines, social networks, and MP3s – were either embryonic or years away from invention. In its infancy, the web essentially served one purpose: to provide its users with a platform to self-publish material that could be accessed by anyone with a connection. It’s easy to take that ability for granted today, but to a kid from Minnesota who had dreamed for years of one day starting his own music publication, it was revolutionary”.

This week, the site is publishing a series of features on its history, and the lives of some of its favourite artists in that time, as well as showcasing some key articles from the last fifteen years. You’ll find all that collated here.