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Postby macliam » Wed Mar 07, 2018 9:01 pm

The New Musical Express is to cease printing on Friday after 66 years -

I guess it was predictable having been funded only by adverts after becoming a "free" magazine in 2015 and with its owner Time Inc. UK seeing advertising revenues fall.

It might be hard to imagine in the internet age, but when the "normal" press were still pushing Disco and Glam Rock if they covered music at all, the music papers were the "alternative" and promoted what was popular with the youth. Those of us around in the 70's and 80s will remember the NME reinventing itself to take back top spot from Melody Maker and championing political causes during the time of punk - it's opposition to the National Front and to Thatcherite toryism after Maggie's election in 1979.

Its day has passed, but it's sad to see another relic of the past disappear .....
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Postby pabenny » Thu Mar 08, 2018 7:04 am

NME was indeed something in its heyday but has long been an irrelevant shadow of its former self. A bit like Woolworths, really.

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Postby kevinchess1 » Thu Mar 08, 2018 8:05 am

Yse to keep mine stack in front of a pile of American sitcom Dvds
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Postby expressman33 » Thu Mar 08, 2018 8:11 am

macliam wrote:it's sad to see another relic of the past disappear .....

Has Kev gone on holiday ? ;)

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

I have not bought it for many years and am saddened. But I guess online is the only way for music papers to go.

More worrying to me was Annie Nightingale's statement about looking for new music. She said that with the death of John Peel she is the only one looking for new music and helping the next trend to get a wider audience.

Might not like all the new music but it would be a bit sad if the young of today and tomorrow were just stuck with the music that I grew up with.

Hopefully John Peel's son or someone I have never heard of can take on the mantle of John and Annie.
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Postby pabenny » Thu Mar 08, 2018 5:04 pm

Not sure Annie NIghtingale is correct. Isn't new music part of the rasion d'etre of 6 Music? There's plenty there that's new to me. And that's where Tom Ravenscroft can be found on air.

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