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A tribute to the fine art of writing captions for music magazines: Arise the subs on The Word and Q magazines

April 28, 2013

THE gradual death of the hard copy music magazine is something that is mourned by people of my generation, but not by our very cool 12-year-old daughter’s generation. They get their information straight from the artists without needing the gatekeepers of the inkies and the glossies.

As a result many magazines are disappearing or their cultures are changing as they move online to adapt to the modern environment.

However, one thing I will miss when it is gone, is the fine art of caption writing.

Ordinarily, in newspapers or online outlets, the caption is merely a distillation of journalism’s five Ws: who, what, why, where and when.

However, in music magazines, particularly in Q and the late lamented The Word, the caption is a brilliant opportunity for punning word play, mickey taking and maintaining the highest principles of sixth form humour.

Here’s a few that jumped from the pop culture archive that is our toilet.








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  1. April 29, 2013 12:36 am

    Glad to see this truly clever body of work being recognized!

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