NME DOCUMENTARY TO AIR NEXT WEEK

'Inky Fingers: The NME Story' will screen on Monday (July 4)…

NME is the focus of an upcoming behind the scenes documentary.

’Inky Fingers: The NME Story’ will show how a group of journalists turned the paper from a “giddy little pop mag” into a “snarling underground rag”.

Featuring interviews with Nick Kent, Chrissie Hynde, Danny Baker, Nicky Wire, Charles Shaar Murray, Hugh Cornwell, Paul Morley and Tony Parsons, the programme will screen on BBC4 on Monday (July 4) at 9pm.

Producer-director Chloe Thomas said: “It changed from this giddy pop paper in the 50s and the 60s to this snarling underground rag. The NME’s story is basically the story of British music, which is incredible when you think it’s a rock paper.”

She added: “But just as crucial is how much it influenced people growing up in Britain. It wasn’t just about music, it was important than that.”

Exclusive excerpts from the programme are now being streamed on [url=]bbc.co.uk

bbc.co.uk, including Danny Baker talking about ‘losing’ an interview with Jam about the split of Manic Street Preachers, Nick Kent on Keith Richards and Steve Lamacq recounting the night when [a][/a] guitarist Richey Edwards carved ’4Real’ into his arm with a razor blade.

To watch the streams, follow the link here [url=]visit www.bbc.co.uk/bbcfour/documentaries/features/nme.shtml.com.

Following the first showing of the documentary, ’Inky Fingers: The NME Story’ will be repeated at 1.40am on July 5, 10.40pm on July 8 and 1.45am on July 9.