THE RISE AND FALL OF THE MUSIC PRESS
By Paul Gorman
PUBLISHING 22 SEPTEMBER 2022
54 illustrations | £25.00 Purchase right here
A raucous but reflective look again on the evolution of the music press and the passionate rock and pop journalists who outlined the music of the twentieth century.
Reward for Completely Wired
‘As soon as, music was the centre of each cool child’s world. And the music press that grew out of that tradition was probably the most thrilling factor on the newsstands. Paul Gorman has given us the e book that the music press deserves: enjoyable, factual, glamorous, gritty, full of mad anecdotes in addition to cold-eyed fact. Important’ – Miranda Sawyer
‘The music press as we knew it barely exists any extra, which makes ‘Completely Wired’ the right eulogy – a broad, deep, fascinating exploration of its 100-year lifespan’ – Alexis Petridis
Completely Wired is the definitive story of the music press on either side of the Atlantic, tracing the rise and fall of the creatively fertile media sector that grew from humble beginnings almost 100 years in the past right into a multi-billion enterprise which examined the boundaries of journalistic endeavour.
Overlaying the music press’s evolution from the Nineteen Fifties to the 2000s, by means of rock & roll, Mod, the Summer season of Love, Glam, Punk, Pop, Reggae, R&B and Hip Hop, Paul Gorman chronicles the event of particular person magazines from Tin Pan Alley beginnings and the countercultural basis of Rolling Stone, the underground press and the 70s heyday of NME, Melody Maker and Sounds. Illuminated by the writer’s first hand interviews, Gorman paints a whole image of the scene exploring the position performed by writers from Lester Bangs to Nelson George, and Caroline Coon to Nick Kent within the improvement of the careers of the likes of David Bowie, The Conflict, Bob Marley, Madonna and Led Zeppelin, and tackling head on the entrenched sexism and racism confronted by girls and other people from marginalized backgrounds by shining a highlight on these publications and people whose contributions have usually been unfairly missed.
Evoking the music press’s kaleidoscopic visible identities, Completely Wired is illustrated with uncommon and legendary journal paintings all through. What emerges is a compelling narrative containing conflicting tales of unbound expertise, blind ambition and typically bitter rivalries which make Completely Wired a rollercoaster and riveting learn.
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