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    Default NME dead and buried

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/newsbeat-43318898

    You could say it died in September '15 when it became a freebie, but as a reader for over 30 years I'd say that in spirit it passed away around 1998. The shift from paper to mag accompanied a blatant editorial play for mainstream readers and the cover artists went from being up-and-coming to proven headliners and global pop stars. You can't blame them for trying since the writing was on the wall when Sounds folded in '91 but I carried on reading it long after it meant much.

    Still, along with the sloth lemur it's another little piece of the world that's lost for good.

    Pete
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    I never liked it or most of the people who wrote for it. Burchill and Parsons spring immediately to mind. Even so it is sad, but it belonged to a world that no longer exists.
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    I'm indifferent. I last bought NME about the same time I last bought coal.

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    thought it died years ago.. used to buy it when a teenager, but not since
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    Quote Originally Posted by struth View Post
    thought it died years ago.. used to buy it when a teenager, but not since
    I used to buy MCN and Exchange & Mart each week too. I don't think either of those are still available in paper form now.

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    J. Rotten had this to say circa 1977:

    How many ways to get what you want
    I use the best, I use the rest
    I use the N.M.E.
    I use anarchy
    'Cause I want to be anarchy
    Its the only way to be



    R.I.P. N.M.E.

    You could say it was guilty of being full of pseudo intellectual pretentious twaddle a lot of the time. Sad to see it go though. I'd like to say they introduced me to quite a few cool bands, but John Peel and a cassette player set to record did a far better job really.
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    I dont think it dead , Just modernised , its the way of the world these days , You now need to buy a reader (ipad kindle ) and pay for a download ( Nothing physical ) Just like downloded music nothing in your hand
    Music , fills the gaps between silence !

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    Quote Originally Posted by Audio Al View Post
    I dont think it dead , Just modernised , its the way of the world these days , You now need to buy a reader (ipad kindle ) and pay for a download ( Nothing physical ) Just like downloded music nothing in your hand
    Ah OK didn't follow the link just assumed it was gone entirely from the OP text.

    I'm actually quite pleased it still lives, even after the above remark.
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    Used to buy it in the 70's and 80's, mostly for the crossword. My work colleague did the same, we'd get each about 3 or 4 answers short of completion then pool our answers. And people called us sad!

    I once bought an album based solely on the review in NME. The man in the record shop had never heard of it, and I had to order it (3 weeks wait). When it arrived, I hated it. The record was "The First Born is Dead" by Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds. I still have it (played once). Maybe I should give it another go, to find out if the reviewer was a visionary, or just wrong.

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    It was always a good guide. If they liked it, I avoided it. If they hated it, I would check it out. It was pretty much infallible.
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