NME, beloved magazine of inky-fingered indie kids, is zigging while the world zags by re-launching a print edition. The mag went digital-only in 2018 but, thanks to an acquisition by Caldecott Music Group, NME Networks COO Holly Bishop is cranking up the presses again to create “a pop-culture bible to capture a moment in time”. Just like proper rock ‘n roll stars, she’s not in it for the money but rather to “super-serve our super fans”. UK vinyl sales rose in 2022 for the 15th successive year, to 5.5 million units and, against the odds, the country now has more than 400 independent record shops. The new NME won’t just be long hair and Doc Martens, though. According to Group CEO and founder of Caldecott, Meng Ru Kuok, the new NME will offer “an immersive journey celebrating the best in music, film, TV and gaming”.
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