Happy Birthday AMP

May 19, 2009

AMP is one year old today! I made it. I kept going. Just. And if it hadn’t been for the holidays, hookers and crushing spells of crippling depression I’d have kept to a post a day just like I promised I would a year ago.

But I don’t think I’ve done badly overall. I’m proud of my minuscule contribution to the wider web and I’m not stopping now.

So Happy Birthday AMP.

Now…where’s that piece Taylor Parkes wrote celebrating The Verve as the saviours of music…

I’ll be taking a little break over Easter so I’ve scanned in the whole Reading Review to tide you over. Normal service will resume around 20th April.

Now, I’ve deliberately kept this blog strictly about the scans and topic in hand up to this point but I’m organising a small event soon and I wonder if you (whoever you are out there) would be interested in being part of what I’m planning?

Do you Twitter? I do. Since 2007 in fact so, y’know, I’ve been a Twitter twat longer than most. However my use of it has changed and increased since the beginning of the year, and really, it’s all down to this blog. I didn’t use Twitter much to begin with, I followed a few mates but mostly it just lay dormant for months on end. But then, at the beginning of this year, all that started to change. I started being followed, and in return following, people who had found me via my blog, despite not publicising myself on the blog.

All of which leads me to my point. There’s a little Twitter experiment/event planned soon in central London. To be part of what I’m organising you’ll need to be able to be available for an hour or two in Kings Cross, on the evening of Wednesday 22nd April . You’ll also need to consent to being filmed.

If you’d like to know more, then follow me on Twitter and say hello [http://twitter.com/thehomme]


Whilst there is still more material to post from the original pile of papers I started out with back in May last year I feel that I’ve now posted most of the “best stuff”. Allied to that, my familiarity with these papers led to a certain listlessness on my part to keep the blog going, which is sad because I have enjoyed doing this in a perverse kind of way. So the choice became increasingly clear – end the blog early or find new material.

Now occasionally people have written offering to send me some scans from their collection and I’ve always replied to the effect that the standard of the scan really matters to me. I’ve asked to borrow copies I don’t have to scan and then return but it’s never amounted to anything – probably because I came across like a arrogant prick. But you see whilst I’ve enjoyed and warmed to providing the odd bit of (low quality) commentary, I do think that the standard of the scans here is of a high quality and a large factor in this blog’s success. So I started toying with the idea of buying a few more copies myself, not only to have something fresh to post, but also to satisfy my own curiosity and interest, which has been piqued simply as a result of starting this thing up.

Which leads me to the point of this overly long preamble. Today, in a two fingered salute to our impending financial meltdown, I bought a whole pile of new Melody Makers.

Does anyone have any clever ideas for how I go about scanning this new batch? The random thing is easy to start and keeps Mueller on his toes but it does get hard for me to remember what’s been scanned and what hasn’t. I also wonder if I should perhaps date the posts to match the month and year the scan comes from. Moving forward I need a system. For now I’m just going to start chronologically scanning the cover of each new paper I have while I think about it further but if you’ve got a better idea about what will work best then please let me know.

Here endeth the announcement.

Extended Intermission

December 6, 2008

Hello. I know it’s been a while since the last post. Truth is I don’t really feeling like doing this at the moment. I probably will start again but I don’t know when. Sorry.

DO NOT use these scans for any commercial purposes. Please respect the copyright of the writers and photographers. Respect me for taking time to scan these things in.

As I’ve said before I think many of the writers and the photographers are happy for me to scan in the pages and post them as long as it’s for personal non-commercial use. I’m not making any money out of this and don’t intend to.

From now on covers are only going up at 72 dpi to prevent them being exploited commercially. If I hear that these scans are still being abused commercially then I’ll just stop.


September 19, 2008

Taking a short break. Normal service resumes in a week or so.

As I’ll be into my 6th month of this blog soon I thought it might be fun to leave you with some stats.

Here’s the top 10 most popular posts to date

  1. “Dear Backlash” – Wing Commander Stubbs
  2. My Bloody Valentine live at ULU Feb 25th
  3. Kurt Cobain (1967 – 1994) N.M.E. cover
  4. About
  5. Stuart Maconie interviews The LA’s 1990
  6. David Bennun interviews Plastic Fantasic
  7. Taylor Parkes interviews The Boo Radleys
  8. Sinead O’Connor N.M.E. cover 1988
  9. The Stud Brothers interview Radiohead
  10. Everett True interviews The Sundays

I never realised that using WordPress to blog would tell me what people type into Google to find this site – does this happen in blogger, typepad etc? Anyway it’s a fascinating barometer of where interest lies.

Here’s the top 10 search terms typed into Google that result in a visit to this blog

  1. kurt cobain
  2. archived music press
  3. sinead o’connor
  4. melody maker
  5. stone roses
  6. “andrew mueller”
  7. the sundays
  8. justine frischmann married
  9. my bloody valentine
  10. taylor parkes

Sinead O’Connor at No. 3 is a surprise to me and Heat magazine should get on the phone to Justine’s agent pronto cos there’s clearly a lot of interest.

There’s also the really bizarre searches which are lost on a daily basis…I still remember one visit from the search term “caitlin moran porn” though. That’s some mighty niche porn! Oh and who knew there was a www.caitlinmoraninteriors.com ?


August 14, 2008

I’m at Edinburgh Festival. Chill. Normal service will resume shortly.