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Totally Wired

By Paul Gorman
165 x 240mm mm, 384 pages, hardback
Published by Thames & Hudson, 2022

The definitive history of the music press, the UK and US magazines that reported on, and became inseparable from, the sound of youth culture—rock ’n ’roll, mod, the Summer of Love, glam, punk, pop, reggae, dance music, R&B and hip-hop.

From the 1950’s to the current day, pop culture writer Paul Gorman links anecdotes, interviews and insider gossip to highlight big names (NME, Melody Maker, Rolling Stone) and the lesser-known (Collusion). Like anybody that grew up with these titles, Gorman loves his subject, but he is under no illusion about the scene he’s reporting on. He makes a point of surfacing the few successful woman writers in what was a male-dominated industry, as well as showcasing magazines specialising in the otherwise marginalised black music (Echoes, Black Music, The Source).

Along the way we also hear of the eighties style mags (The Face, Blitz, i-D) as well as zines (Ben is Dead) and one-offs like RayGun. It ends with the closure of the traditional weeklies and news of 2022 launch Disco Pogo.

We love music! Paul Gorman discussed his book with Jeremy Leslie, Paul Benney (Disco Pogo) and Kirsty Allison (Ambit) at the magCulture Shop on 27 October 2022.
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