Yesterday’s Papers – The End of the Music Press
Monday, 16.00, BBC Radio 4
We last bought the NME last year when it printed its list of the hundred greatest Britpop songs, and we wouldn’t particularly argue that feature illustrated the dire straits of the current pop scene because when we bought it regularly during the actual Britpop era it was forever harking back to punk. In fact the music press seems to have been at death’s door for many years now, first back in the early nineties when Sounds and Record Mirror closed down, then ten years later when Melody Maker and Select went, so it’s perhaps amazing we’re still pondering its future another decade later. David Hepworth knows a thing or two about the music press, but then he did also think those appalling illustrated covers on Word magazine were a good idea, so we’re not sure we’ll be too convinced by his argument. Good job the Bake’s going to be contributing as well.