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.
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.
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.