Simon Reynolds longs for and mesmerizes (romanticizes too) the ‘era’ in which music magazines ‘mattered’ – in an essay he wrote for Pitchfork. They still matter, but after reading Reynolds piece (and knowing a lot of them have to shut down – recently even including a magazine I worked for in the past) I’m not sure what he wants of ‘us’, pop music fanatics. The physicality of the magazine is what he actually longs for, the pace of the time when ‘time’ was not yet ruled by constant accessibility to news.
Reynolds refers to the era of the ’70/’80s when in the UK the music magazines appeared every Wednesday anew in the kiosks, but it’s a phenomenon that reached further than the UK (obviously) and that is not only remembered by people who grew up in the ’70/’80s. (Plus, what about the decrease of print media in general?) There’s still a group of people who await these weekly’s (if they haven’t turned into monthly’s) and .. is there really such a remarkable change in quality/ writing or content of what these magazines present online? Okay, it’s not that feeling of paper in your hands anymore, no more ink spills, and no more additional single or album you got with an issue. But still, in essence: there’s still music journalism & there’s still chunks of music & appraising words or critique …So, I’m just wondering, do we need to be nostalgic about this already?
*Update: After posting this blog and tweeting about it Simon Reynolds favorited it and I asked him some questions: see our little conversation here (read upwards):