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Ropetackle Arts Portal: The UK Music Press – Then and Now

Saturday 19th May 2018 - Starts 12pm



Award-winning music journalist and Jazzwise magazine’s editor-in-chief, Jon Newey, takes you on a journey through the development of the UK music press as it grew from its humble beginnings almost 100 years ago through to today’s changing digital world.

Discover how early jazz, dance band and accordion journals turned into the giant multi-genre music weeklies, MM, NME and Sounds, which covered rock, jazz, blues and folk and were influential worldwide from the mid-1960s to the mid-1990s, before spawning a plethora of smaller specialist music monthlies and subsequently websites and blogs.

Jon draws on over 40 years’ experience in the music press and as a musician, and from his own press archives will exhibit original and rare copies of many publications from then and now.

Jon was co-founder, with jazz promoter Serious, of the new music writers initiative, The Write Stuff, and will also provide guidance for those interested in writing about music at a transformational time for print and online journalism.