A 350-400 word analysis of the journalistic language used in a music magazine article. This analysis could be in bullet points if you wish.
Reference the article you are analysing
‘Qmaverick (september 2017), James Lavelle.’
Structure of article
The first thing you see is a full page colour photograph of James LAvelle by Rachael Wright, it’s a close up head shot, he is unsmiling and has an intense gaze.
On the following page his name takes up half the page in capitalized letters in bold font. At the top of the page in the middle using a red accent colour the work ‘MAVRICK’ appears and the sub heading ‘Celebrating the wild cards who’ve inspired cult worship’ this immediately gives a sense if status and it makes us think of him as a metaphorical ‘wild card’ before we have even started reading. There is also the sense of him being a pioneer of music and outside the mainstream and someone who does things unconventionally, there are also the abstract nouns ‘cult worship’ which suggest that he has fans who idolise him and they have given him the status of a hero. This is compounded by the font being in white both on his photograph and on the red accent as the colour white is associated in the media and films with being a hero. This gives the sense that the Journalist Dorian Lynsky is one of his supporters who is going to write sympathetically about him.
The is an interview embedded into the article along side the biography and facts.
Are you aware of the presence of journalist
The name of the journalist is given in red and there are direct quotations from Lavelle which give a sense of narration and makes the article more personal and have a stronger impact on the reader.
Sense of the location / event / person that the journalist writing about
The journalist speaks to his audience using Standard English combined with colloquial language such as ‘boy wonder’ and ‘geek’ along side street terminology such as ‘hipster’ and ‘impeccable cool junction box’.
The first quotation from Lovelle himself contains an expletive, by doing this Doran Lynskey is cementing the idea of Lavelle being a really cool guy, as Lavelle is describing a night out with celebrities in a famous London bar and there is also the metaphor ‘an Everest of cocaine’. This opening paragraph also links to the previous metaphor of wild card and maveric as he was only 24 at the time and was clearly doing things differently to an average 24 year old. He was forging his own path in the music world. The next quote is expressing his feelings about having to sell his Basquiat painting as he was in debt, ‘It was beautiful, while I had it’ the writer at this point uses the adverb ‘wistfully’ which conveys his sympathy for Lavelle and he includes the detail about this painting in order to show Lavelle as artistic, intellectual, sensitive and soulful which further makes him sound unique and different to others within the music industry.
How does the journalist represent the star
Arguably the reader will experience the same sense of sympathy and support of James Lavelle as the journalist and the reader’s sense of being impressed by Lavelle will have been enhanced.
In conclusion Dorian Lynskey presents James Lavelle as being incredibly talented, extremely cool, passionate and dedicated to his music but also somebody who has had incredible highs in his music career but also some terrible lows as well. He is someone who is skillful enough to use his experiences within the music industry to generate a new album which is reflective and his celebrity associations continue as he has the actor Brian Cox speaking on his album.