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Bob Guccione, Jr.

AKA Robert Charles Guccione

Born: c. 1956
Birthplace: New York City

Gender: Male
Religion: Roman Catholic
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Relative, Business

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: Spin magazine's ex-publisher

Launched the music magazine Spin in 1985 with a $500,000 loan from his father, Penthouse publisher Bob Guccione. Two years later, dad attempted to wrest editorial control over the magazine and wound up walking away from the venture. Junior managed to round up outside investors and kept the magazine afloat. The unseemly episode prompted an estrangement which lasted more than a decade.

One memorable incident began with Spin printing the interview contract for Guns n' Roses. That earned the magazine's publisher a call-out in their song "Get in the Ring":

Bob Guccione Jr. at Spin / What, you pissed off cuz your dad gets more pussy than you? / Fuck you / Suck my fuckin' dick / You be rippin' off the fuckin' kids / While they be payin' their hard earned money to read about the bands they want to know about / Printin' lies, startin' controversy / You wanta antagonize me / Antagonize me motherfucker / Get in the ring motherfucker / And I'll kick your bitchy little ass / PUNK / I don't like you, I just hate you / I gonna kick your ass

A nine-year karate student, Guccione promptly responded in a letter to Axl Rose that he would be more than happy to square off against the rocker. After Rose failed to respond, the Spin publisher announced to the press: "Clearly the guy's a coward, and I called him on it."

After Guccione personally netted $16.5 million from the 1997 sale of Spin to the publishers of rival Vibe, he took to dating famous women like Candace Bushnell (Sex in the City columnist) and conservative ideologue Ann Coulter, who wrote to The Washington Post: "I must write to correct a few of the many egregious misstatements in your [...] Reliable Source column. I am not, and have never been arm candy for Bob Guccione Jr. The Gooch was my arm candy -- my boy toy -- whom I eventually, and regretfully, had to replace with a much younger man."

Father: Bob Guccione
Mother: Muriel Hudson
Brother: Anthony Guccione
Brother: Nicholas Guccione
Sister: Tonina Guccione
Wife: Camilla Gibbs (div. 1982)
Wife: Kimberlin Grace Brown (m. 22-Sep-2001)
Girlfriend: Ann Coulter
Girlfriend: Candace Bushnell
Girlfriend: Celia Farber

    Gear Publisher (1998-2003)
    Spin Publisher (1985-97)


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