Goodbye to the NME: the music magazine’s changing faces


NME has decisive to stop printing after 66 years – a period which transmitted rise to many different looks as it tried to both react to and set the music agenda of the day.

The first ever issue

When news arrived that this week’s number of New Musical Express (NME) would be its last, there was an outpouring of nostalgia self-control with the cold truth that it had become culturally irrelevant.

As a absolute roll of the dice in 2015, it became a freesheet and set out to become a one-size-fits-all pop sophistication compendium, broadening its remit beyond music, to include film and attitude, but by this point it was arguably failing to do what it set out to do – reporting on music that mattered.

It had been banging the drum for indie music for a bit too elongated and was no longer chasing music that young people were do as one is telling to, perhaps through stubbornness or nostalgia prior to this. The other pervading view of its demise seems to be: “Because, the internet”.

In the first decade of this millennium, and any other even so between then and 1952, it was bought by tens of thousands of teenagers who shrink fromed on its every word.

The look and feel of the magazine was wrapped up in its abrasive, amusing informative tone of voice, which helped create an enfant horrifying brand, which only a teenager or young adult could unquestionably appreciate.

For most of its life, it was in reality a newspaper rather than a armoury, printed on newsprint, and it only became “a glossy” in 2000.

You can see how the print quality evolved alongside a calibrate simplified masthead. The acronym logo – a variation of which is still second-hand today – was designed by Barney Bubbles in 1978.

It was also in the 1970s that large-scale and full-bleed photographs before all began to appear in the magazine before bolder attempts were moulded to create a strong visual language as the years rolled on.

It outlived tons of its peer magazines such as Melody Maker and Smash Hits, and persists on online.

Here are some memorable covers from across the seniorities:

October 11 1963

August 1995

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