After 66 Years…


Cover of NME in October 2013

BBC reports:

NME will no longer be available as a weekly magazine, its publisher has announced.

The final edition will be released on Friday after 66 years as one of the UK’s most iconic music publications.

Its publisher Time Inc UK said the decision to stop its print edition is due to rising production costs and a “tough” advertising market.

Iconic NME magazine to end its weekly print edition (BBC)

24 thoughts on “After 66 Years…

    1. Harry Molloy

      What about the stage show Lazarus, think he was working on that with Enda Walsh?
      Have we seen that yet?

    1. Neilo

      I felt its long march into irrelevance started in the Red Wedge era once it had jettisoned a lot of its soul-friendly writers like Stuart Cosgrove or Richard Cook. I’d have a lot of sympathy for the people losing their gigs. though – it must be tough to write about SheerOncé for bugger all money.

  1. Neilo

    Chill out, baby, I cited the Red Wedge era (86-89ish) as the time when – in my imperfect memory – the soul,R’n’B and jazz coverage went from generous to skinflint. I know it’s painful to be reminded of socialism’s manifest failures in the last 100 years but this is surely the least of them?

  2. The Ghost of Starina

    I always preferred the Maker as they were less cynical (and they published my first article), but when they closed I begrudgingly switched to the NME. Was only having a discussion this week about how fractured the “scene” is compared to 80s-00s; the NME and the Melody Maker sustained it and themselves largely through cult of personality (Damon Albarn and Brett Anderson come to fisticuffs on their five favourite singles and ex-girlfriends! Richey Manics’ recipe for vodkatinis, page 6!), which just doesn’t exist on quite the same level anymore. ho-hum. What times they were.

    RIP, old frenemy.

  3. Donk

    It’s rubbish and stuck in the past. They’re obsession with 90’s British guitar bands was never going to keep appealing to people. 80% of content is Liam Gallagher related

  4. Peter Dempsey

    Sad day although it had gone downhill for a long time.
    Liked Mr Agreeable in Melody Maker.
    They had a brilliant feature on sampling around 1987 , M/A/R/R/S, J/A/M/M/S etc

  5. david

    An iconic publication which was the bible that spanned the whole rock eras is no more
    Seems when the x factor processed pop arrived there was no longer need for serious music journalism and articles about the likes of led zep or the stones or Dylan or the greats
    I remember reading about the awards that honoured icons like plant
    Sad to see the demise of such a giant
    I suppose the future belongs to barbi publications about insipid bubblegum tunes

    1. rotide

      Apparently processed pop didn’t exist on dominate the charts before X Factor.
      Oh wait, it did.

      Apparently noone writes in music magazines about rock anymore.
      Oh wait they do.

      1. Nigel

        Seriously, growing up in the era of Stock Aitken and Waterman was the aural equivalent of having endless elevator music pumped into your life every time you went near an operating radio or hi-fi device. Christ, the blandness.

  6. petey

    i’ve had it UP TO HERE with writers using “iconic” wrongly in an attempt to sound grahnd.

    ooh, i like my new avatar. it’s crabby – like me.

  7. Matt Lucozade: The Only Reader of the Village

    Sad. Memories. Wouldn’t buy it now mind, as Modern, Life, I mean Music is Rubbish.

    Hot Press should go too.

    The Face was great. Miss that one though.

  8. Matt Lucozade: The Only Reader of the Village

    Speaking of Lazarus and music journalism:

    Why is there a complete Irish media blackout on the accusations against Olaf Tyaransen? Dereliction of professional duty or fear more will be exposed. That’s some message to send to victims but also to readers generally.

    Tom Humphries syndrome and omerta again? #YouTooNUJ

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