The music press is an astute commentary on contemporary culture. In its time it has spawned prodigious talents who have helped advance - and destroy - new cultural trends. Gorman's latest book, written with contributions from Cameron Crowe, Mark Perry, Chrissie Hynde, Tony Parsons and Garry Bushell, is the first complete account of this phenomenon - from NME and Melody Maker in the 50s; the explosion of new American formats in the 60s with Rolling Stone and Interview; the Punk explosion in the 70s; through Details, The Face and I-D et al and the 80s obsession with materialism and consumer power; to the 1990s with the boom of 'laddism' and the launch of Loaded, Q, Mojo and Smash Hits. Film directors Cameron Crowe (Rolling Stone) and Michael Winner (NME), megabucks screenwriter Joe Estzerhaus (Rolling Stone), to pop stars such as Bob Geldof and Chrissie Hynde, songwriter Don Black and writers such as Julie Burchill, Tony Parsons and Lester Bangs have all emerged from this media background. A fascinating work of remarkable insight, the story ends on the brink of a new media age.