Wednesday, July 4, 2012
"The History of NME" by Pat Long
And to think it all started with accordion music. The flame that started the fire that was heard all around the world. Well Polka is not that far from punk really, but nevertheless New Music Express (NME) started off as a newspaper focusing on the accordion music scene that was happening in the early 1950's - and of course one has to presume that it lead to the pop music of its era. And strange enough NME, in 2012, is still with us. In fact its the second thing i see on the Internet. First is Dennis Cooper's blog, then NME, after that the Guradian for news. So you can see what's important in my life!
Pat Long's book on NME is really good, and being designed orientated, this is a perfectly designed book with respect to its subject. A lot has happened in Pop music over the years, and its amazing that a press can still exist after so many generations. And without a doubt NME had or has its dives into the underworld as well as its highs - but as a paper it had some remarkable writers - to be specifically the wonderful Nick Kent. The rock n' roll writer who didn't have a guitar to throw around, but his pen was pretty mighty.
This book by its very nature of its subject matter also has ties to England's pop culture history -and really, this book could have been five or six books. One on the fifties, one on the sixties and so forth. But beyond that this is a really good introduction to pop history and more important the presses that were beyond and supported such pop movements. Buy it for the beauty of it all!
And here's a fantastic documentary on the History of NME.