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Sylvia Patterson: I’m Not With The Band

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Eyewitness account of music journalism’s decline.

At the peak of Perth-born lapsed goth Sylvia Patterson’s late-80s tenure at Smash Hits, the title was regularly selling in excess of a million copies an issue. The prevailing pop scene that the magazine served was an uncommonly broad church, and each and every one of its parishioners, from Madonna to the Manics, U2 to Siouxsie Sioux, Prince to Milli Vanilli, understood the selling power of controversy.


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