No More Editions: NME Cuts Print

After 66 years, British music weekly NME has printed its last regular issue.

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NME, the British music magazine that energetically documented the shifting, sprawling pop-music scenes in the US and UK for more than six decades, published its last regular print issue on March 9, 2018. NME's features covered everything from Merseybeat to Madchester, and its covers featured everyone from Adam Ant to Zayn. (The British-Jamaican hip-hop artist Stefflon Don appears on its final cover, above.) The good news for the magazine's fans? NME says it will maintain its website,, and occasionally print special issues.

The BBC offers a heartfelt eulogy here. Below, we commemorate the magazine with photos from our archive.

Skifflemania V&A Images/Getty Images Skifflemania NME launched in 1952 and soon began hosting concerts and awards shows. Above, a skiffle act performs at an NME concert in 1956.

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Beatles vs. Stones
Between 1964 and 1970, these two groups won a total of 17 NME Awards — the Beatles taking 12 to the Stones' 5.

Underground Sound Chalkie Davies/Getty Images Underground Sound The Clash talk with NME writer Tony Parsons (far right) on the London Underground in 1977. In a 2016 interview with the Guardian, Parsons recalled that he and the band "met in the morning and spent the whole afternoon going round and round the line, drinking Foster’s and taking amphetamine sulphate."
A Magazine For Ants? Janette Beckman/Getty Images A Magazine For Ants? Adam and the Ants bite into copies of NME in the London office of Do It Records in 1979. Felthead Kevin Cummins/Getty Images Felthead Morrissey, a pool table, and a 1952 issue of NME celebrate the magazine's 40th anniversary in 1992. WFH Martyn Goodacre/Getty Images WFH NME editor James Brown reclines in London, ca. 1993.

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Blur lead singer Damon Albarn and radio and TV personality Mark Lamarr, pictured left, and Justine Frischmann, Donna Mathews, and Sheila Chipperfield of Elastica, right, visit NME's London offices in the 1990s.

St. Hubbins Lives! Martyn Goodacre/Getty Images St. Hubbins Lives! Michael McKean, bewigged as Spinal Tap vocalist David St. Hubbins, holds up a copy of NME with the Welsh band Manic Street Preachers on the cover.
Tranquil Street Preacher Kevin Cummins/Getty Images Tranquil Street Preacher Manic Street Preachers guitarist Richey James Edwards reads NME in Bangkok, 1994. Spoiled Brits Kevin Cummins/Getty Images Spoiled Brits In 1994, the NME Awards rebranded as the Brat Awards, poking fun at the British Phonographic Industry's BRIT Awards. The name eventually fizzled, but the middle-finger trophies are still handed out. Noel Gallagher and Oasis took home four Brats Awards in 1996.
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