Totally wired : the rise and fall of the music press /

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Gorman, Paul,


Thames and Hudson,, London, United Kingdom, p.383 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : (2022)

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(OCoLC)fst01030706, (OCoLC)fst01071451, (OCoLC)fst01099221, 20th century., fast, History, Musical criticism, Musical criticism., Periodicals, Periodicals., Popular music, Rock music


Includes bibliographical references and index.Prologue -- In the beginning: The Melody Maker and the origins of the music press -- 'Everyone thought I was crazy': 16, NME and the birth of rock -- 'Everything was possible': Gloria Stavers and the teen scene -- The aesthetic of rock: Jann Wenner launches Rolling Stone -- 'They didn't realise it was a men's club': taking on macho critics -- 'The first time a critic topped the artist': Oz, IT and Friends reflect the counterculture -- Boy howdy!: Creem unleashes Lester Bangs and Blues & Soul champions Black music -- "We're happy to stick pretension where it belongs': NME makes a deathbed recovery -- 'You would call it blatant misogyny': Caroline Coon upsets the Melody Maker applecart while Black Music champions Carl Gayle -- 'I felt I could conquer': Street Life, Black Echoes, Pressure Drop, Punk and Temporary Hoarding -- 'I didn't want to write anything literary': Savage, Goldman and Suck at Sounds as Nick Logan launches Smash Hits -- 'Oh! Marvellous time!': Danny Baker joins NME and Felix Dennis makes mischief with New Music News -- 'No focus groups': The Face breaks the mould -- 'You could say, "I love this"': from i-D, Collusion and WET to Flexipop, Star Hits and Kerrang! -- 'I should be doing that!': Smash Hits soars and Boy's Own gets on one, matey -- 'We'll take chances': Spin spins a new line and Grand Royal, Ray Gun and Ben Is Dead fly the freak flag -- 'I remember thinking, "He doesn't dance"': Sheryl Garratt steers The Face, Nelson George does it first at The Village Voice, and The Source and Vibe reshape music media -- 'Club culture seemed more stylish': from superclubs and Jockey Slut to Loaded and the new lad -- Sex and Hollywood spell danger: FHM roars while The Face crashes, Select spirals and time is called on Melody Maker -- Epilogue."Totally Wired charts the coming of age of music publications covering the contemporary bands, trends, and scene. This book offers a history of the journalists who described the wild landscape of the rise of rock and its evolution from the 1950s to the 2000s, through R&B, pop, the Summer of Love, punk, and beyond. Author Paul Gorman chronicles the emergence of trailblazing music magazines in New York, Los Angeles, and London and their transformation into essential reading for anyone who cared about popular culture. Gorman captures the extraordinary rise of the inkies on the back of rock and roll's explosion into the postwar American and British youth culture. He recounts the development of individual magazines from their Tin Pan Alley beginnings to Creem, Blender, and Crawdaddy! followed by the foundation of Rolling Stone, NME, Melody Maker, and Sounds-as well as the emergence of dedicated monthlies such as Q, The Face, and Mojo. Evoking the golden age of the music press, the book is illustrated with iconic magazine artwork and archival photography throughout. Writers such as Charles Shaar Murray, Greil Marcus, Nick Kent, and Tony Parsons not only documented the wild excesses of Led Zeppelin, the Who, and the Clash but also played an integral part in the development of the success of the bands themselves. Painting a complete picture of the scene, Gorman also tackles the entrenched sexism and racism faced by women and people from marginalized backgrounds as they tried to make it in the music industry, whether as musicians or journalists. An incisive and entertaining ride, this volume is perfect for anyone interested in popular culture, magazines, and underground cultural history." --