I recently retrieved a large pile of old N.M.E. and Melody Makers from a dusty attic. Most of my copies are from around 1987 to 1996. Somehow can’t bring myself to throw them out so I thought I’d start scanning in some of the more interesting covers, reviews and articles at a decent resolution so they can be linked to, read, printed and generally preserved for posterity. I figure someone’s bound to have a use or interest in this stuff if I keep at it. If I feel particularly inclined I might write a few words about the musician, band or journalist.

It’s also my way of saying thank you to all the people who’ve taken the trouble to upload material I’ve gratefully found on the web over many years. All pages will be scanned full size at 150dpi. In simple terms this means you’ll be able to re-produce any page you find here to good quality on A3 size paper.

I’ll be posting once a day and have set myself a target to complete at least a years worth of entries.

Thanks for visiting.

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The copyright of all scanned material remains with either IPC magazines (staff writers) or the respective freelance writer / photographer. I believe I have the blessing of many, if not all of those involved as long as this material is not re-used or exploited in a commercial form.

Any post will be removed promptly on request if you do not wish your contribution to be featured.

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Addendum

Since starting this blog there have been a few questions.

  • I don’t have ANY copies outside of the time period 1987 – 1996.
  • I’ve only got a crappy A4 scanner but a rather depressingly good ability with Photoshop. Scanning the bigger copies takes time but I do it because I love you all.
  • The choice of post is selected pretty much at random but I have posted certain items based on requests & forum discussions – generally linked to when posting. With all posts I’ve tried to strike a balance between the archive year, music reviews, live reviews, covers, interviews etc. and I have tried to showcase ‘the big names’ as best I can.
  • Despite what it might look like I’m not an anorak about this stuff. I don’t have hundreds of copies of the Maker meticulously alphabetised, so I probably don’t have that legendary excoriating review you remember and even if I do, it’s going to be really easy to overlook it. Drop me a line to let me know what to look for and I’ll keep my eyes peeled as I flick through. Better still have an open discussion on one of the boards so I can link to it on the blog and everyone can read the collective memory about the review or interview.

Finally – although I had my favourite writers – I’d like to thank everyone connected with both papers (apart from the Nazi lovin’ James Brown who can fuck right off). I grew up in a place and household where music and culture was pretty hard to come by. Melody Maker, especially in the early years, stoked my curiosity about far more than just new music.

Cheers.

17 Responses to “About”

  1. David Gunnip Says:

    “I recently retrieved a large pile of old N.M.E. and Melody Makers from a dusty attic. Most of my copies are from around 1987 to 1996. Somehow can’t bring myself to throw them out”

    That could be me talking there!! My parents attic is overflowing with the things! They keep wanting to throw them out but I never let them. when I visit. Great idea this — good on you. I remember reading some of the scans you’ve already put up. That Tremalo interview seems so recent in some ways. Gets me all misty eyed nostalgic. I found this via the Reynolds link. I’ll be tuning in regularly with anticipation. Cheers

  2. A Says:

    Thanks for this great blast from the past. I’m sure I’ve got a few copies from the same era somewhere at my parents house still too.

  3. Ian Watson Says:

    “The copyright of all scanned material remains with either IPC magazines (staff writers) or the respective freelance writer / photographer. I believe I have the blessing of many, if not all of those involved as long as this material is not re-used or exploited in a commercial form.”

    You definitely have my blessing. Even if rereading this stuff feels like someone walking over my grave.

  4. phil Says:

    excellent blog old friend.

    i threw out my piles of melody maker years ago – to make way for a less sentimental, more laddish version of me.

    of course, it didn’t work. at 37 i am the same uncertain elitist with the same obsessions and flaws, musical and otherwise.

    reading this blog is like seeing my psychological DNA unfold. it’s no overclaim to say that melody maker was both an education and a kind of imaginary best mate.

    i don’t think the same could be said of nme or sounds of that era. and i suspect it was the same for the writers – who mostly seem to be only a few years older.

    rip melody maker.

    and thanks for bringing her back.

  5. Pete Says:

    Nice one man, great site! Way to give something back! Maybe a digi camera and tripod would be quicker than scanning? could still get pretty god resolution.

  6. Mark E Moon Says:

    As a bloke in his late 30s who read the NME avidly between 1988-2000, this is a great gesture, thanks so much for sharing, my NME collection has long since gone :-(

  7. Manuka Says:

    Great idea! Was just at my parents place on the weekend throwing out old NMEs and MM from the same era. Stumbled on your site looking for a Loop – Gilded Eternity review. cheers!

  8. Littlepixel Says:

    I think you need to do a little special post that compiles some of the best (i.e. worst) Morrisey-related letters that blighted the back pages of pretty much *every* NME I ever bought (1990-1994).

    They are probably more funny than annoying these days haha…

    Keep the scanner warm – love it all.
    Lttlpxl

  9. Shaun Roden Says:

    Very nice information. Thanks for the time put into the blog you wrote.

  10. Robin Bresnark Says:

    I only started writing for the old dear in 1996, but you have buckets of blessing from me. Look forward to seeing what you find. Best, Robin

  11. Robin Spurrier Says:

    Fantastic… The last time I read MM/NME was around 1993, they were both available at the library in my sleepy hometown (still sleepy as far as I know) south of Stockholm. Me and my mate used to sit crosseyed by the table – dreaming of Reading, Oxford, London et c. – just like I’ve been sitting crosseyed by my laptop all day.

    The Boo Radley ’95 ‘Look back in languor’-interview pretty much sums up my current state of mind… This could be the beginning of my delayed 30 year crisis ;)

    Thank you, and lots of respect. /Robin Spurrier

  12. Matt Pomroy Says:

    Thanks for doing this, it’s much appreciated.

    Especially the Boo Radleys stuff.

  13. Line Derambure Says:

    Hello, im a French girl in need… I hope you could help me!
    So im looking for the article in which Steve sutherland name shoegaze “the scene that celebrates itself”. You’d be very brilliant and helpful if you could help… thanks from france. :)

  14. David James Says:

    This is such a great resource. I’ve got a couple piles of MM, Sounds and NME here at my house in southern California. I kept most of them, carefully bundling them up whenever I moved. Now I pull one out every Saturday morning and luxuriate in an era when music seemed to matter more. Was this solely because it was harder to obtain?
    David

  15. Citizen Sane Says:

    Love what you’re doing here. I was a fanatical Melody Maker reader from 1992-1997 so re-reading some of this old stuff is fantastic and the fact that former writers check it out is great too.

    Alas, I finally relented to the wishes of my mum and threw out all my old music papers in 2003. They were still piled up in an old wardrobe at her house and I just didn’t have the space for them myself. Still kicking myself about that, otherwise I’d be doing what you’re doing now.

  16. R Joyce Says:

    Hello,
    I just found this blog, which is superb! I am searching for the letters pages of the post death of Cobain issues of MM and NME (April 1994) as I had a letter printed – can’t remember which as used to read both avidly then. I was only 15 and would love to see a copy. Is there any way you could help?
    Many thanks, in anticipation.
    R. Joyce

  17. Steve Says:

    Hi hope you can help. I am trying to get hold of the issue of NME after the Reading Festival in 1988 with the infamous bottle fights where Meat Loaf was bottled off stage. There was a picture of the huge bottle fight and i am front and centre in that picture. Please let me know if you have this issue and if you can scan it in. Thanks


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