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Rock of pages: it’s a golden age for music writing—so why is the pleasure bittersweet?

The current gang of pop writers are the best we've ever had. But are they eulogising a dying art form?

By DJ Taylor   July 2018

NME of the people: clockwise from top left, the last ever issue; Pamela Des Barres with Alice Cooper; Suede’s Brett Anderson; the German group Can; and seventies rockers Slade

For a generation of middle-aged and mostly male British rock fans, 8th March 2018 was a date fit to be carved in stone. On that day the proprietors of the New Musical Express, founded in 1952, announced they would be closing the print edition and, like other magazines blasted by the zephyrs of technological change, concentrating on…

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