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Sounds (magazine)

Cover of Sounds (24 May 1980)
Categories Music newspaper
Frequency Weekly
First issue 10 October 1970
Final issue 6 April 1991
Company United Newspapers
Country United Kingdom
Language English

Sounds was a long-term UK weekly Melody Maker to start their own company. Sounds was their first project, a weekly paper devoted to progressive rock and described by Hutton, to those he was attempting to recruit from his former publication, as "a leftwing Melody Maker". Sounds was intended to be a weekly rival to titles such as Melody Maker and New Musical Express (NME). It was well known for giving away posters in the centre of the paper (initially black and white, but colour from late 1971) and later for covering heavy metal (especially the New Wave of British Heavy Metal (NWOBHM))[1] and Oi! music in its late 1970s–early 1980s heyday.[2] Sounds was the first music paper in its coverage of punk; while maintaining its reputation for getting there first, John Robb covered the Manchester music scene for Sounds and came up with the term "Britpop". The paper's editors realised the importance of its regional audience and had freelancers across the UK contributing gig reviews and articles about up-and-coming local bands.

Keith Cameron wrote about Nirvana after Robb carried out the first ever interview with them.[3]

One of the "trinity" of British music weeklies, along with NME and Melody Maker, Sounds folded in 1991 after the parent company, rock magazine Kerrang!, which was originally issued as a supplement before being spun off as a separate publication.[1]

Contributors included Garry Bushell, Geoff Barton, Mick Sinclair,[4] Caroline Coon, Antonella Gambotto, Vivien Goldman, Jonh Ingham, Alan Moore (aka "Curt Vile"),[5] Lizo Mzimba,[6] John Peel, Edwin Pouncey (aka "Savage Pencil"), Cathi Unsworth, Jon Ronson, Jon Savage, Sylvie Simmons, Penny Valentine, Marguerite Van Cook, Mary Anne Hobbs, Mat Snow, James Brown (who went on to form Loaded), Steve Lamacq, Kev F. Sutherland and Russ Carvell's UT strip, Ross Halfin, Janette Beckman.[7]


  1. ^ a b Tucker, John (2006). "Denim and Leather – 1979". Suzie Smiles... The New Wave of British Heavy Metal.  
  2. ^ "Cockney Rejects: History and Pictures / Oi Music / Punk Rock". Retrieved 24 March 2010. 
  3. ^  
  4. ^ "The Mick Sinclair Archive". Retrieved 20 March 2013. 
  5. ^ "The Sounds Collection". The Alan Moore Store. Retrieved 24 March 2011. 
  6. ^ Display Ad AwakeningsThe Observer; 17 March 1991
  7. ^ "ACAPULCO GOLD INTERVIEW: JANETTE BECKMAN". Archived from the original on 7 January 2008. Retrieved 9 January 2008. 

External links

  • Comic strips that were published in Sounds by Alan Moore
  • Reviews and features published in Sounds by Mick Sinclair
  • Photos published in Sounds by Simon Clegg
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