There was never anything authoritarian about the old Gramophone; authoritative, yes, maddening even, but then that's what made it such a valuable and provocative read.
The tone of over-familiarity - chumminess, if you like - adopted by Jolly and Inverne struck me as faintly bizarre; as with those in charge of Radio 3 they seem to confuse accessibility with vacuousness. And the endless clichés in heads and sub-heads suggest a paucity of imagination that doesn't sit well with a magazine that has pretensions to quality.
As for the various redesigns, I haven't seen the most recent one, but typographically previous incarnations merely confirmed the mag was losing its way - and much of its core readership.
I wish them well under their new owners, and like John I'd be happy to subscribe again if it were it to return to something resembling its old, indispensable self.
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