Fisher was a big fan of Andy Beckett’s histories of the 1970s and 1980s, which noted that British households were at their most equal economically, as measured by the Gini coefficient, in 1977. Just as importantly for Fisher’s purposes, Beckett also observed that the UK music papers hit their peak in the early 1980s, when the NME sold between 200,000 and 270,000 copies every week, “almost as many … as the Times.” Fisher said often that he learned about “fine art, European cinema, avant-garde literature” from names dropped by artists and journalists in “the inkies”—“No sob stories, but for someone of my background, it’s difficult to see where else that interest would have come from.” “It wasn’t only about music, and music wasn’t only about music,” Simon Reynolds, in his foreword to the k-punk book, remembers Fisher saying about the 1980s music press.
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