Author:Edited by Mark Sinker
Val Wilmer, Jon Savage, Jonathon Green, Richard Williams, Penny Reel, Alan Lewis, Cynthia Rose, Barney Hoskyns, Betty Page, Savage Pencil, Liz Naylor. If these names immediately evoke a time and place, you will get something out of this book.
In 2015 ex-editor of The Wire, Mark Sinkler, organized a conference in Birkbeck College on the music press culture of the 1960-80s. The writers I listed and some of the celebrity journos of that era, the likes of Charles Shaar Murray and Paul Morley, participated in a series on one-to-one interviews and round-table discussions.
This book transcribes these discussions to provide an oral history of the overground and underground music press of that time. It starts with early 60s Melody Maker, moves through the International Times/Oz-dominated late 60s, and the tarries for quite a while in the 70s when NME (obviously) – and Sounds as well – were in their pomp. It peters out as Smash Hit, The Face, and coloured glossies like Q and Mojo appear.
It was published in 2018 by the always interesting Strange Attractor press and I bought it then. However, the very Morley-esque introduction by Sinker put me off. I recently » Continue Reading.