September 2017, James Lavelle, Dorian Lynskey
The structure of this article is a biography that is created to be easy and fun to read; due to the different sizes of writing and bold choice in colour: (red label at the top of the page, the text ‘Dorian Lynskey’ in red, the Drop Cap.
This article informs you that the presence of the journalist is current during the Biography, you can tell he is there because of the introduction paragraph which states ‘Dorian Lynskey hears his story’. The impact of the journalist being there makes the reader feel more as if they can try and get secrets and truth out of the person, also, come across as friendly/reliable, therefore leading them to want to read what they have to say.
From reading the article, the journalist sets the location quickly and in a short manner by saying that they are in James Lavelle’s ‘manager’s office in Camden’ which gives off a sense that he must be a hard working man. The writer gives off the connotations of Lavelle to be:
– Strong, as he tells them how he went through a rough patch and was broke.
– Wise, because he has ‘learnt from his mistakes’.
– ‘Boy wonder’, as of his music career, was a director and founder of a music label.
Analysing closely at the text, the writer has used literary techniques to entice the audience, for example:
-Short sentence- ‘James Lavelle has.’
-Adjectives- ‘visionary lightning rod’, ‘hipster geek’, ‘Insane’, ‘gutsy’.
-Retorical question- ‘Have you looked at yourself? And have you thought about the mistakes you’ve made, and the road you’ve walked?’
-Metaphor- ‘Everest of cocaine’
these are all used to create an impression and build his meta narrative into something that he wants the audience to see him as. For example with the expression of drug use and repeated swearing you can instantly tell this is targeted at older readers.
The mode of address comes across to be as if the writer is talking straight to you, this results in the reader feeling involved and that it’s their business due to him sharing Lavelle’s story.
Assuming that the writer would have spoken to the star for a good amount of time, the only quotes he put forward we’re very simplistic answers, and had two with swearing, which suggests that he’s not afraid of his reputation being ruined as he knew that this was going to be published. Some quotes consisted of: “A fu**ing amazing night”, “It was beautiful”, “While I had it.”, “The last 13 years have been fu**ing tough financially”.
Reading this article, the reader would experience an understanding of what this man does/has done. And, now know about his life which makes them in this case sympathise that he was broke and creates a small connection.
In conclusion, the journalist of this article, Dorian Lynskey, represents the star through his writing as a man who is just like us and has had set backs however is trying to portray the idea of positivity.