I haven’t read NME since I returned to the UK. I fact I wasn’t sure if my old print era stomping ground was still in business. Then our pal Skylaire posted the following on Facebook. Seems things are not good at the venerable rag – where, back in the day, we snorted speed and drank to excess – the new generation are now messing around with focus groups. Hardly good news. I’ve heard that focus groups can lead to harder and more addictive corporate foolishness.
“Well, I suppose a Happy Birthday is in order. This week the New Musical Express celebrates the 60th anniversary of its publication and while the paper was a crucial part of my life as a music fan it's now somewhat sad to see it floundering.
When I first bought it back in the early 70s it was a conduit to another world. Not only did the NME keep me informed on a weekly basis as to what was happening in rock'n'roll but it was extremely adept at tipping me off as to what might well happen a few months down the road. When the paper sensed that the musical winds were changing in the mid-70s they were first off the mark, dispatching Charles Shaar Murray to New York to check out a nascent club scene which came to be known as Punk Rock. As a 17 year-old full of vim and vigour this was like a call to arms and when Mick Farren penned the famous article The Titanic Sails at Dawn, urging youngsters to form a band rather than complain that the music they were being fed was rubbish, it had the desired effect.” (Click here for more)
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