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Heard a story that the NME might become a free magazine.
Anyone else heard this?
Is is a good idea?
but I guess it's inevitable. I use to buy it every week from the early 90s to the early 00s when it turned into a glorified version of Look-In with free stickers and masks. I see no point in buying a physical copy of that magazine anymore. Who knows where below average culture print journalists for The Guardian and The Observer will start making a name for themselves as champagne socialists from now on.
(Isis are a terrible idea by the way. They need to be stopped.)
Smash Hits, even more so.
in the quality of their journalism
maybe being free will mean they can stop putting oasis on the front cover
ive no idea
but I'd question whether there's the money from music advertising to really fund it at any sort of massive scale, or even really the potential for a large audience any more. They'd need both for it to really be a Time Out/Evening Standard style resurrection; if they just want to be a niche thing then fair enough but I can only see it drawing out the inevitable, especially in light of The Fly and The Stool Pigeon having both folded recently.
though more in terms of denying it'll go free next week than saying they're enot planning to do it
...a career in marketing beckons ;)
but i've thumbed through the odd copy lately in shops, and picked one up in an airport quite recently and to be fucking honest it wasn't completely shit.
The covers are always of irrelevant bands, but then i guess that's just to shift copy, the content was a lot better than i thought it would be, they covered a LOT of DiS-centric bands, and it was even a lot less ad-heavy than i remember it being when i last used to buy it.
I honestly think it's worth the money and that it compares favourably to any mainstream music magazine...just basically they've never been able to get over Conor McNicholas being such a monumentally pointless cunt.
i always genuinely forget that there are still music magazines out there that you have to pay for
you certainly can't find it in London
if you're talking about the Skinny, then maybe
First time I'd read it in over 5 years, and it wasn't too bad. The writing wasn't great but that's been the case for years now. Great features on Suede, Joy Division & Thurston Moore, and I guess therein lies the problem - such content is fine for old fuckers like me but not much fun for "ver kids" as Smash Hits used to say. If it was free then for sure I'd read it every week.
as its only $1.99. the new music coverage is ok, and theres a fair bit of page coverage devoted to it. they're trying, but as stated previously they'll never get over the Conor McNicholas reign i'd imagine.
obviously NME is way past it. I think it died when punk did, and glossies like "The Face" hit the scene.
delivered to my house every week. More out of habit than anything but I still flick through the reviews.
and Album of the Year honours.
I assumed that was a picture of a front cover from like 10 years ago
even if it is to laugh at how awful it is. It would be just like the Observer music monthly I reckon. The odd review or interview that catches the eye.
The price of Sunday papers is getting a bit silly.
although if you can't even give it away as part of a newspaper, could pose a problem.
I feel obligated to give it a go when it comes out. But a tweet about the content from Conor McNicholas made my blood run cold. Seek it out if you feel brave.
so I'll probably pick it up and then bin it in a fit of rage every single week now. shit.
my housemate buys it sometimes and as mentioned above, yeah the cover bands are usually shite but most of the content is a lot more varied than you'd imagine
Obviously it was better when they were a kid, as they ignored the shit and got on board with some of the cringey bands of the day,
Makes a lot more sense when you compare the ad revenue of 300,000 circulation to 15,000, unless you're some super-glossy mag that can charge £10 an issue.
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