‘Q Maverick (September 2017) James Lavelle, by Dorian Lynskey.’
This is an biography. The article feels like it was done with the journalist being present. This is displayed by the structure of the article – it switches between the journalist describing the story based on the quotes given by James Lavelle, and the journalist describing the story of James Lavelle. The way that it comes out, it seems that both participants were face to face in the creation of this article, yet nowhere does it state that there was a face to face confrontation.
From reading this article, I got the feeling that the journalist was questioning James Lavelle right in his office, I got this feeling from a specific line in the article stating ‘ he says over cartons of Korean food in his manager’s office in Camden’, this created a visual set piece which I could imagine the location looked like, but again, the article does not state anywhere that the two men even met.
Expletives are used in the article to create a sense of personalization – to make the person in the article more relatable, a bit more ‘normal’. This creates a feeling that James Lavelle is also just a ‘regular’ person, this also connotes well with the article itself as it discusses the fact that he wen’t bankrupt and had to get back up again – making mistakes like any other person does. This can create a bond between the article and the reader, making it more intriguing.
The journalist addressed the audience as if he’s telling this as a story to his friends. The style that he has chosen to write this article is done in a elegant yet simple matter, as the text does not read like a tabloid yet can be understood just as easily. An example of this is ‘By 2003, however, his star had plunged. Mo’Wax was dead and Lavelle was in debt to the tune of £270.000.’, this extract is simplistic but it has relevant information.
By reading this article, the reader experiences some of the best and worst fragments of James Lavelles’ life, as he goes from ‘The Boy Wonder’ to a bankrupt artist looking to make his way back up.
In conclusion, this article discusses the more public fragments of James Lavelles’ life. The article includes information about James, It’s also quite an entertaining article, discussing his private party. It was also quite intimate as people might relate with the situations that James has endured, whether it might be the climb up, the fall down or anything in between. It is informative as it discusses Jame’s life and it’s entertaining as well because of how interesting this article is.