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The NME bites the dust...

Postby JimN » Wed Mar 07, 2018 5:13 pm

... or at least, the print edition does.

I had no idea that it had been free of charge for the last two or three years.

https://www.theguardian.com/media/2018/mar/07/nme-ceases-print-edition-weekly-music-magazine
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Re: The NME bites the dust...

Postby Tigerdaisy » Wed Mar 07, 2018 5:49 pm

In the sixties I used to read music papers, NME and Melody Maker etc, but gradually the situation grew where I didn't have a clue what they were talking about and so I knocked them all on the head in early seventies. Problem with music papers is that largely they are not a suitable vehicle for much propaganda and thus serve no useful purpose to the elite who control the MSM publishers.
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Postby MikeAB » Wed Mar 07, 2018 6:28 pm

Read the NME avidly until PUNK which stopped it in its tracks for me. That was a manufactured craze if ever I saw one.

Preferred the NME to the other mags even though I seem to recall the Shads had one less No 1 in its charts (Kon Tiki?). Silly what you recall but Wondeful Land went 12 - 6 - No1 in the NME I remember - and didn't it have an extra week than elsewhere, tieing with Nut Rocker? Sure someone knows!!
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Postby Derek Mowbray » Wed Mar 07, 2018 9:21 pm

I read The New Musical Express from the late 1950`s until about 1968 but stopped reading it after heavy metal took over .the best part was The Alley Cats page on the back ,Jet Harris took offence at something he said.I have only one old tatty copy somewhere,other musical papers going in the 60`s were, Disc, Melody Maker and Record Mirror,I suppose they all have now gone. The internet is not always a good thing.
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Re: The NME bites the dust...

Postby drakula63 » Thu Mar 08, 2018 9:27 am

Not too sorry to hear this. We always used to call them the ENEMY.

Having said that...

In 2004, I wrote a letter to them on the subject of oasis, who had played at Glastonbury that year (I think). The letter was published as 'letter of the week'. I also received a letter from the editor (or maybe deputy editor) saying how much they'd enjoyed reading my letter, etc, and would I be at all interested in writing an article for them? They asked me to get back in touch if I had any ideas. To be honest, I had absolutely no ideas whatsoever and struggled to think of anything suitable. In the end, more out of desperation and loyalty to the band, I wrote back and suggested an article on The Shadows - pointing out that their influence was still being felt today and that the producer of the White Stripes latest album had even gone so far as to reference them in an interview regarding the (White Stripes' album) sound.

I never received a reply.

I do have the letter lying around somewhere and the published letter as well. Clearly I was not destined to be the next Tony Parsons!
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Re: The NME bites the dust...

Postby Allclaphands » Thu Mar 08, 2018 10:02 am

A must have read for anyone who was interested in the music scene in the 60's
The attitude today for the later generation is more on the online sites

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Re: The NME bites the dust...

Postby neil2726 » Thu Mar 08, 2018 11:31 am

I always had the NME during the sixties but like others when it stopped reporting on any of my fave bands or artists I stopped reading it. Maybe they had a new younger editorial team and were aiming at a new readership.
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Re: The NME bites the dust...

Postby Gary Allen » Thu Mar 08, 2018 1:23 pm

I guess there's easier ways to find out about your favorite artists these days.
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Re: The NME bites the dust...

Postby Iain Purdon » Tue Mar 13, 2018 1:56 pm

The NME was always my favourite when I was that age.
Sad news about it stopping print production.
I used to keep mine in a pile near my bed, just in front of my American sitcom DVDs:
I'd keep my Friends close, but my NMEs closer.
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Re: The NME bites the dust...

Postby chaddopete » Tue Mar 13, 2018 9:45 pm

Boom, Boom !!!
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