For this blog post I will be analysing a double page spread which I can take tips from for my magazine double page spread. This article is from the 20th June 2015 and it was published in “The Beat” music magazine. The article is about Adam Lambert and is written by Shirley Halperin, so the article in not anonymous. The title is ‘Adam Lambert: Don’t Look Back’
This article is an interview with the famous singer Adam Lambert, we are aware of the journalists presence as she often speaks in the 3rd person or we see the writers point of view. For example “Adam Lambert looks like he’s ready to kick some ass”, the entire article is written within the third person and gives the feeling of story telling so we don’t have the whole story from the celebrities point of view. The mode of address is clear as we are fully aware of the journalists presence. The feature page with the photo of Lambert has a short introduction on it but on the second page we dive deeper into the stars life and actual story.
The second page begins the actual story informing us that Lambert was born in San Diego, giving us a clear sense of location which lots of readers can most likely relate to, which brings in Richard Dyers theory about the presence and absence of stars. Although the article doesn’t go too deep into Lamberts childhood it does tell us his parents professions which humbles Lambert for the readers. The writer describes Lambert as having “A flair for operatic shrieks” and uses adjectives like “Sexually Ambiguous Rockstar” to draw out how Lambert was in his early career. He comes across as almost being stuck inside a popstars body when he really just wants to be a Rockstar. We discover that he came out as gay in an appearance on the cover of Rolling Stone meaning he was welcomed into the LGBTQ+ community as well as the general music community. This only helped his career to grow. The article includes information about his single “Ghost Town” where Lambert has a lyric “My heart is a ghost town”. This shows that Lambert is just like a normal person who has just as many emotions and feelings as the rest of us. As the article comes to a close, as a reader we have a greater appreciation for what the star had to overcome to get to the success he has now.
In conclusion, how the journalist describes the star in this interview will influence how I paint my star to the audience. The way the writer uses her language means she is successful in describing Lambert is a way the reader will love and appreciate. The 3rd person perspective this article is written in, means that we appreciate the stars life as a story and can relate to some aspects.