View Full Version : Rock's Back Pages

20-07-2015, 01:47 PM
Is this a bargain, or an annoying rip-off?

I'm occasionally tempted to pay the 55 for 3 months so I can gorge on early Penman and Morley album reviews. But...55?? I could buy a bunch of books for that.

22-07-2015, 12:46 PM
Great thread so far.

22-07-2015, 12:54 PM
i was a member about 10 years ago
wish i did more cut and pasting than i did
cant afford the new price
or wont afford

it looks really tempting though
though the fact its called ROCKs back pages bugs me a bit
id prefer pops back pages
though then no mojo fans would prob bother clicking

22-07-2015, 01:03 PM
Expensive, isn't it?

Then you have to factor in all the time and money copying and priniting. I'd have to buy a printer. And paper. A lot of faff and cash.

Then again a Paul Morley album review can really enrich the day.

22-07-2015, 01:07 PM
i dunno if i have time to really make use of it, though it would be a nice luxury to have just in case

if my work allowed printing i would prob invest

22-07-2015, 01:16 PM
It kills me that the first university I was in had a deal with them, as did my second (both community colleges), but my current one does not.


22-07-2015, 01:26 PM
Another annoying thing is that it keeps so much stuff behind a paywall. Presumably some kind of copywrite contract is worked out with the writers?

22-07-2015, 04:37 PM
must be working though
theyve been going long enough
prob a good example of how paywalls can work for journalism
wonder how many subscribers they have....

22-07-2015, 08:15 PM
Does it work?

Does Simon still review this site? He'd know, I presume a ton of his writing is up there.

22-07-2015, 10:26 PM
well they do pay journalists, as far as i know
what sort of rate i dont know
but if they dont let you view content without paying, well that means that enough people must be paying to see it, and that they feel no need to tempt you with free articles
the fact theyve been going so long also encourages me to think its working for them (that and the fact the subscription rate is INCREASING rather than falling...)

25-07-2015, 08:38 AM
never really been tempted by this - far more appealing surely to buy a grab bag of old NMEs/Rolling Stones/whatever and get the fingerprint of the zeit?