The music press intro to a level

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The music press intro to a level

  1. 1. Foundation Portfolio Your task, to be completed with evaluation by Christmas. The front page, contents and double page spread of a new music magazine. All images and text used must be original, produced by the candidate, minimum of FOUR images.
  2. 2. • Popular music magazines have played a key role in the emergence of rock and pop styles since the mid-1950s. • These publications have reported and reflected musical trends from Elvis Presley to Eminem, the Beatles to Lady Gaga.
  3. 3. • They have become more than mere mirrors to pop culture: they have also helped to shape the way music is heard and the way music is consumed.
  4. 4. Issues to consider… • 1. The relationship between the print media and the industry. • 2. The role of the writer and critic as 'gatekeeper’.
  5. 5. • 3. There has been a long running struggle between the inkies and the glossies, who is winning and why? Are any of them in the digital age? • 4. In recent years, the mainstream press has taken an increasing interest in pop and rock matters.
  6. 6. • 5. How have digital outlets brought changes to this field? • 6. What are the different ways in which writers and journalists in this sector express their critical views? • 7. The relationship between the music industry and the media publications.
  7. 7. • 8. What do magazines cover and how do they express their ideas? 
 • 9. Style and content analysis.
  8. 8. • 
11. How far is rock writing concerned with issues of the artistic and aesthetic and how far does it have to toe the line of the corporate industry?
  9. 9. • 10. Consider the ideological functions of this kind of publication. What social, cultural and even political messages can we recognise beyond the headlines and images? 

  10. 10. • 11. How far is rock writing concerned with issues of the artistic and aesthetic and how far does it have to toe the line of the corporate industry?
  11. 11. Next steps • After we have researched the music press from these viewpoints you will then create your own; • Front page, • Contents • Double page spread • With a house style and definitive ‘aesthetic’.

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