In my Textual Analysis I studied mainly magazines that feature bands/artists of aRock genre, with the exception of some bands/artists who are currently growing inpopularity and are of Pop or other genres. These magazines, Q, Kerrang! And RollingStone are my inspiration and the genre will be kept similar to these magazines andso research will consist of bands/artists that have been featured in these magazinesor are of a rock genre. I’m more comfortable will analysis a rock genre as it is myfavourite music genre myself with the exception of a few pop songs that are myweakness!
SPECIFIC TO ANALYSED MAGAZINES & MY MUSIC TASTE (RELEVANT BANDS):ROCK GENRE HISTORY: In the early Sixties veterans of that scene, or disciples of that scene, led to the formation of bands such as The Rolling Stones (which has been featured in at least one of the magazines I have analysed and will be featured in my brief), the Yardbirds and the Animals. The Rolling Stones became "the" sensation in London and went on to record the most successful singles of the era. The Yardbirds were the most experimental of them all, and became the training ground for three of the greatest guitarists ever: Eric Clapton (Insert: Favoured musician, recently went to one of his concerts in Abu Dhabi!), Jeff Beck and Jimi Page. Two blues bands were then born, the Cream and the Led Zeppelin (another favoured musician), that in a few years will revolutionize rock music again. Liverpool did not have a great underground scene but had a more commercial brand of rock bands. The producer George Martin was instrumental in creating the whole phenomenon, with both Gerry And The Pacemakers and The Beatles (Insert: one of my top favourite bands and featured several times in ‘Q magazine’ annually on Lennon’s Birthday), the band that went on to achieve world-wide success. Rock music as a major business was born.
RELEVANT BAND RESEARCH/ROCK GENRE HISTORY… The Rolling Stones, The Kinks (Insert: favoured band and to be a relevant band featured, also been features in ‘Rolling Stone’) and the Who represent the triad of British rock bands of the mid 1960s that would influence entire generations of rock bands for decades. The Who were composing autobiographical songs of the angry and frustrated urban youth. The Rolling Stones were composing autobiographical songs of the decadent punks of the working class. The Kinks were composing realistic vignettes of ordinary life in bourgeois England. The three together provide a complete picture of the time. Cream and Led Zeppelin upped the ante when they started playing very loud blues. Creams lengthy solos and Led Zeppelins fast riffs created the epitome of "hard rock".
FROM THE BOOKS – TEACHING THE MUSIC PRESS BY CATH DAVIES…To produce a music magazine successfullyform in very important. By looking back at FORM/GENRE RESEARCH:acquired magazines, Kerrang!, Q and Rolling Stoneand what they are all similar of in terms of form.Other music magazines such as NME were lookedat to make sure they had similar forms as well. There is a predominant male readership that comes with the rock genre, and so to be similar in terms of form, the mise-en-scene, iconography, colours and other aspects of a magazine will be kept masculine, ‘aggressive persona’. Because the rock genre has essential a men of ‘all age’ readership, icons, colours, mise-en- scene, performance etc. will also appeal to all age groups such as using action shots to create a more playful side rather than seriousness of posing to appeal to the younger readership. Suggesting rock music in late 90s was considered a more black-dominating genre, this has changed significantly as Kerrang! Now displays evidently a balance of racial identity, this will be brought forward in the design of the magazine.
ROCK GENRE HISTORY/FORM RESEARCH… This became an issue in 2005 suggesting women’s presence in the rock genre was not as predominant as it is nowadays, this is supported with bands such as ‘Paramore’ who demonstrate a female singer, bands in the rock genre’s history through research I have discovered lacked a female presence, such bands like The Kinks, The Rolling Stones, The Beatles and even Muse today reinforce this. Thus in terms of form, like other magazines I will involve female aspects but the magazine will be essentially male-orientated to appease the larger target audience of males, or females will adopt masculine characteristics. Women are also used in magazines with a significant male readership who give a sexy, seductive performance to ultimately also appeal to males as their favourite bands would, this is demonstrated through the ‘Q’ magazine front cover I analysed with Lily Allen, she is given fierce props and an animalistic impression.
ROCK GENRE HISTORY/FORM RESEARCH… ‘The Kinks in the September 2004 edition’ Relevant band: Has been featured several times in magazines, I will be doing the same. Music magazines of a rock genre still celebrate music from older era’s allowing audiences to broaden their music knowledge and embrace it with tributes, photographs and other material, this can contribute is making a successful magazine. Those who were young and purchasing ‘Q’ are now shifting into an older bracket, my magazine will features 60s, 70s etc. to keep up with this fact.
FORM RESEARCH (WHAT MAY BE DEMONSTRATED IN MY MAG)/CONVENTIONS…A convention of magazines On most musicin general music magazine magazines there is ais that the front cover Masthead, thetypically displays Large masthead is the title ofPhoto/Image, the image is the magazine such asusually of an exclusive ‘Rolling Stone’. Theguest/band/singer and the masthead ismagazine will have detailed conventionally nearlyarticles and double page always located on thespreads about that guest. top of the magazine. Most magazines situateThe background behind the Masthead behindthe main image in the main photo/image,specifically ‘Q’ magazine so it superimposes toare typically left white as connotes theto limit distraction, this importance of theexample does not keep to guests given theirthis convention possibly dominance over theas its background creates Masthead. ‘Q’ in thisa playful, creative example has broken thisappearance to connote convention.the exclusive bandspersona/music type. All text on the front page is kept brief with simpleMost magazines have language to read, this issecond title located on because its the frontthe front cover, it is page which you judge ofusually the name of the whether to buy theband/guest with articleswithin. Barcode placed conventionally at bottom as it has less importance. magazine.
FORM RESEARCH (WHAT MAY BE DEMONSTRATED IN MY MAG)/CONVENTIONS… CompositionFrom this I can learn that by keeping to the of the images to be taken for each page can be experimented with conventionally and unconventionally:conventions of a page layout and thus the From a double page spread thatcomposition being designed to be familiar previously in the blog was textuallywill keep the page please and safe, but to analysed, different compositions canwhat extent I will keep to these conventions be played with using the mediumit still negotiable as rock shouldn’tnecessarily be connoted as ‘safe’. shot image of Tom Morello. Conventionally an image of one of the band members to be created could be displayed like so: From this I can learn that composition is extremely important, combined with lighting and framing (cropping) as it helps in drawing the attention of the audience to what you want This medium close-up of an individuals to be most face can create connotations of mystery significant and and appear enigmatic but can also important on a connote one half of a person’s page. personality is being displayed.Page(s) by Lucy Scott-Galloway.
In my magazine as Rock magazine wouldn’t conventionally display pictures connoting ‘safe, but more the opposite as rock music is stereotypically seen as a rebellious, dangerous music, so I may as this paragraph suggests ‘break the rules of composition’. The composition could be displayed unconventionally as such to connote a playfulness ofConventionally a medium an individual as the personprofile shot could also be used ‘peaks’ over, also possiblywhich has been used in connoting a cheekiness.several rock genre magazinesas it connotes a sense ofsuperiority as it appears asthose the person refuses tolook at the camera.
Use of white space will be put into consideration, as is Q’s popular magazine the front page usually display much white space by cutting out the background of the person’s photographed, which does give the person’s dominance on the front page as without the background no distraction from the person’s is created.My magazine will was tofeature mainly close ups asthe images will want tohave the more powerpresence and power in itsrelationship with theaudience to allow it to havemore of an impact,interesting and memorable.