September 26, 2012 13:52
First ever issue of NME free inside this week's 60th birthday issue
Own a piece of NME's history with a copy of the first magazine from 1952
The issue features all the biggest stars from the era, including Vera Lynn, Alan Dean and Heath and Hylton, plus the big debate on whether two-beat Dixieland music rules over four-beat Big Band.
It's also packed with timely news coverage – including an exclusive story announcing that the Government would soon introduce commercial radio in Britain for the first time. Plus the hottest new music tips – including a certain "sexy singer from America" – future Amy Winehouse collaborator Tony Bennett.
NME celebrates 60 years as the world's greatest music magazine this week with a special collectors' issue. We're celebrating with eight iconic covers featuring the biggest stars of our history – including Noel and Liam Gallagher, Arctic Monkeys, Patti Smith, John Lydon, Manic Street Preachers, The Killers and Paul Weller.
Inside, all eight cover stars reflect on their relationship with NME over the last 60 years – the high times, low times and all the hilarious moments. It's also packed with interviews from Kasabian, Green Day, Biffy Clyro and Beth Ditto talking through their favourite ever NME covers.
Watch a raft of artists from Bat For Lashes, The Futureheads, Kate Nash, Gallows, Charli XCX, Major Lazer and more wish us a happy 60th birthday in the video below.
You can pick up this very special edition of the magazine on newsstands from tomorrow (September 26), or digitally now. Meanwhile, to snap up one of 60 complete bundles of our #NME60 birthday issue collectors' covers, click here.