Published on May 22nd, 2015 | by LTWF1
The Louder Than Words team is delighted to announce their new partnership with the Royal Albert Hall.
Our first events took place in July 2015 featuring four very special ‘in conversations’ in the prestigious Elgar Room in this most iconic building. Audiences were treated to evenings with Bob Stanley, Rick Buckler, Whispering Bob Harris, Nina Antonia and Peter Perrett who closed our first partnership sessions with a rare live performance accompanied by his son, Jamie.
Integrating quality with intimacy, these special events enabled audiences to hear first-hand the histories, stories and anecdotes that have shaped the lives and careers of our great guests and authors.
As with all Louder Than Words events, book sales, signings and the opportunity for our audiences to meet the authors were included and special thanks go to our bookshop partners Waterstones.
Louder Than Words Festival are the literary Festival specialists for the music industry. Unlike Frank Zappa’s much quoted interpretation of music-writing, Louder Than Words Festival promotes the craft, conducts interviews with thinking people, encourages reading and aims to develop artistic appreciation of all-comers through engagement.
Our events are rooted in celebrating words – oral, written and published – from authors, artists, poets, performers, lyricists, journalists, DJs, bloggers and publishers of music and popular culture. Working in partnership with top quality partners we bring in-conversations, panel discussions, workshops and performances to audiences in top quality venues across the country and on-line.
Bob Stanley is a writer, musician, DJ, and film producer. Since founding influential pop group Saint Etienne, Bob has enjoyed a parallel career as a music journalist, contributing to publications such as the Times, Smash Hits, NME, the Guardian and the Face. A former artist-in-residence at the Southbank Centre, his films have been shown at the ICA and Royal Festival Hall, and he has curated several seasons for the Barbican.
Yeah, Yeah, Yeah: The Story of Modern Pop
For fifty years, pop music was created and consumed like this: you heard a record on the radio, or read about it in a music paper; you bought it on Saturday; you lent it to, or taped it for, a friend; and they reciprocated with another record. It was a secret network. It was how you made friends, how you met girls, and how you soundtracked your world.
Bob Stanley’s critically acclaimed ‘Yeah Yeah Yeah’ tells the chronological story of the modern pop era, from its beginnings in the fifties with the dawn of the charts, vinyl, and the music press, to pop’s digital switchover in the year 2000, from Rock Around the Clock to Crazy In Love. There was constant change, constant development, a constant craving for newness. It was more than just music – it could be your whole life.
Yeah Yeah Yeah covers the birth of rock, soul, punk, disco, hip hop, indie, house and techno. It also includes the rise and fall of the home stereo, Top Of The Pops, Smash Hits, and “this week’s highest new entry”. Yeah Yeah Yeah is the first book to look back at the entire era: what we gained, what we lost, and the foundations we laid for future generations.
There have been many books on pop but none have attempted to bring the whole story to life, from Billy Fury and Roxy Music to TLC and Britney via Led Zeppelin and Donna Summer. Audacious and addictive, Yeah Yeah Yeah is essential reading for all music lovers. It will remind you why you fell in love with pop music in the first place.
The Jam formed in Woking, Surrey, England, in 1972. They had 18 consecutive Top 40 singles in the United Kingdom, from their debut in 1977 to their break-up in December 1982, including four number one hits. Spearheaded by the songwriter Paul Weller, the rhythm section, of Rick Buckler on drums and Bruce Foxton on bass guitar were an integral part of The Jam’s sound and success.
Rick, who still lives in Woking with his wife Lesley, and their two children has run a successful furniture restoring business as well as working with Time UK, The Gift and From The Jam and managing a number of other musical acts.
That’s Entertainment: My Life in The Jam
Rick Bucklers autobiography is the first from a member of The Jam, who some considered were the ultimate Mod band. Rick tells The Jam story from growing up in Woking and meeting fellow members Paul Weller and Bruce Foxton at school, through their formation in 1972 and tells of the band’s early years before signing to Polydor records. He provides a year by year account of The Jam’s progress whilst describing what it was like being a part of the music industry during the 70’s and 80’s and some of the characters who he met along the way including the Ramones, John Enwhistle, Sid Vicious, Blondie, Boy George and Paul McCartney.
Rick shares his own experiences and thoughts about what it was like to be in one of the UK’s most successful bands who spent a great deal of time recording, performing and touring. Following The Jam’s split in 1982, Rick gives a candid account of how he coped and his subsequent relationship with Paul and Bruce. All three members of The Jam stayed within the music industry and Rick takes the reader through his years in Time UK and various other bands up until forming From the Jam. A must read for any Jam fan.
Whispering Bob Harris
Bob Harris is regarded as a UK broadcasting legend. From his cutting-edge work as the presenter of the iconic BBC Television music show The Old Grey Whistle Test in the 1970s to his hugely influential present-day programmes with BBC Radio 2, Bob has been a tireless and passionate supporter of new music.
Bob is an Americana Music Association Trailblazer and is Britain’s foremost advocate of Roots and American music. He has twice been awarded CMA International Broadcaster of the Year, in 2003, and 2013, and in 2011 was the recipient of the CMA Wesley Rose International Media Achievement Award. In acknowledgement of his work, he has been awarded the Gold Badge of Merit by the British Academy of Composers and Songwriters and in 2011 received an OBE in the Queen’s birthday honours list for his ‘services to music broadcasting’.
Father of eight and grandfather of seven, Bob lives in Oxfordshire with his wife, Trudie, where they run their own independent radio and television production company, WBBC.
Still Whispering After All These Years:
From The Old Grey Whistle Test to his current shows on BBC Radio 2, ‘whispering’ Bob Harris has spent his life at the heart of the British music industry. In Still Whispering, Bob tells how the young music fan who moved to London and co-founded Time Out while seeking his big break ended up being presented with an OBE for his services to music broadcasting.
Bob performed backing vocals for Bowie, saw Arthur Brown set his hair alight performing ‘Fire’, met young hopeful Elton John, was mobbed with Marc Bolan and T Rex, got spiked with LSD watching Bob Marley, spent time with Brian Wilson during his reclusive years, partied with Led Zeppelin and toured America with Queen. He has caroused with Black Sabbath and Alice Cooper, been serenaded by the Bee Gees with ‘Tragedy’ before its release, jammed with Blondie, interviewed everyone from Lennon to Lou Reed, hung backstage with Taylor Swift and been punched by a punk. He is now bringing country music to an appreciative British audience as well as championing great musicians across the spectrum.
Along the way Bob has married three times, gone bankrupt, fought cancer and Legionnaires’ disease, weathered a public spat with a fellow DJ and had to revamp his career four times. Throughout all these years, however, his love of music and talent for broadcasting has endured and won him generations of new fans. With amazing photographs from Bob’s extraordinary career, Still Whispering After All These Years is the vibrant and inspiring tale of a broadcasting legend.
Nina Antonia & Peter Perrett
Nina Antonia: Considered the grand dame of decadent rock n’ roll literature, Antonia’s speciality has always been the wayward artiste. With a talent for excavating uncomfortable truths and hidden joys, previous books include ‘The One & Only Peter Perrett – Homme Fatale’, ‘The New York Dolls – Too Much Too Soon’ & ‘The Prettiest Star’. Her first book ‘Johnny Thunders – In Cold Blood’ which has been in print for over 30 years and is now hailed as a cult classic has been optioned for a Hollywood biopic.
Peter Perrett: For over thirty years, the enigmatic singer-song writer and Only One’s front man Peter Perrett, has intrigued both audiences and the press alike. Gifted yet decadent, Perrett created a torrid musical landscape, releasing three critically acclaimed albums with the Only Ones before withdrawing from public life. Hailed by the likes of Peter Doherty, John Cooper Clarke and Johnny Marr, the fallen angel from South London is currently enjoying a rebirth of creativity and is working on new material.
The One & Only Peter Perrett – Homme Fatale
As the legendary Peter Perrett emerges after years as a recluse to perform again, this new, expanded edition of Nina Antonia’s cult 1996 biography of The Only Ones frontman, is welcome and timely. A new chapter, recent interviews, and fresh material written by Perrett himself, bring the story up to date.
The One & Only’ is a roller-coaster ride through one of rock’s wildest, most unpredictable careers. Granted full access to the reclusive Perrett and everyone who matters in his story, Antonia unflinchingly traces his path from privileged childhood to drug dealer; from musical obscurity to decadent rock icon submerged in narcotic slumbers in an antique-filled mansion… before the dream spectacularly fell apart.
The story of The Only Ones became an industry by-word for how not to succeed in the record business; yet the music, along with the allure of Perrett’s mysterious persona, has endured, as has his marriage of 40 years to the lion-hearted Zena. And Antonia narrates this bizarre love story with empathy and warmth: Far from faithful, the youthful Peter expected Zena to accept his other lovers, bathe him daily, butter his toast to the corners and prepare his coffee with the cream floating on the top. Yet the book ends with Perrett’s newly-penned love song to his ‘soul mate’, and a poignant lament that death will finally separate them.
Despite the casualties that careen through these pages, including Johnny Thunders and Sid Vicious – Perrett played with both – this is ultimately a story of redemption and rebirth. Antonia’s 2015 interviews find the Perretts drug free, with Peter’s muse reawakened and their two sons following in their father’s musical footsteps.