Another print edition bites the dust
The New Musical Express has been at the forefront of the ever-growing music industry for over 60 years, entertaining and informing the youth through the generations. It was most popular in the 1970’s, with over 306,000 copies being distributed. Crowds would anxiously gather outside stations, all eagerly awaiting the next weekly edition of NME. To so many, the New Musical Express was so much more than a magazine, its physical pages forming a unique bond and relationship between the reader and their music, as they could see exclusive photo-shoots and interviews with their favourite artists, proudly hanging the posters on their walls, like an exhibition of what’s current in the music scene. However, with the introduction of music streaming sites, new music could be discovered in a matter of seconds. Additionally the culture of constant accessibility in the web puts a large strain on all journalistic enterprises, as information and content is assumed to be free to the consumer, thus creating a large drop in sales of print edition magazines. NME is yet just another magazine to follow suit towards the online focus, that supports itself with advertisements on the site, as we have recently bid farewell to other classics such as Glamour magazine, the UK’s top 10 paper magazine that stopped its monthly production late last year. But without further ado, here are the 3 most notable covers to grace the front pages.
In December 1980, NME dedicated their issue to the shooting of the legendary John Lennon in New York, bringing a whole community into mourning, a week off from the hyperactive hustle and bustle of the music scene to pay their respects for the tragedy.
The all-too-well-known Britpop rivalry was always going to be a legendary cover for NME. The great fight between Oasis and Blur has still not been concluded as their respective loyal fans will defend them to the grave. This clever cover further fuelled the rivalry of the two biggest names in 90’s rock whilst appealing to the widest possible audience, with supporters of either side rushing to grab themselves a copy.
Amy Winehouse’s death also ranks highly as a memorable cover, also one of the most recent as it was printed after her death in 2011. The powerfully striking wordless cover appears as mostly black with a grey scale photograph of Winehouse with a faint smile, capturing her at her happiest – a touching tribute.