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Amy Raphael

Amy Raphael was features editor of both The Face (in its original incarnation) and ELLE and then editor-at-large and sports editor of Esquire. She has written about popular culture and sport for all the UK broadsheets and myriad magazines. She is the author of half a dozen books, including A Seat at the Table: Women on the Frontline of Music and Never Mind the Bollocks: Women Rewrite Rock (published by Virago in 2019 and 1995 respectively) and A Game of Two Halves: Famous Football Fans Meet Their Heroes (Allen & Unwin, 2019). She co-wrote Steve Coogan’s autobiography and is Mike Leigh and Danny Boyle’s official biographer. She lives in Brighton with her daughter


Louder’s Artist in Residence, the wonderful Bob Follen is experiencing lots of anniversaries this year (turning 40 straight after the festival doesn’t help.) which has lead him to try to get to grips with his own personal music memorabilia archive.

Saturday 9 Nov  |  11am – 6pm
Sunday 10 Nov  |  11am – 5pm

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Bob Follen

November 2019 marks Bob’s 5th year of involvement amongst Louder, as Bob Art Models, the festival’s Artist in Residence.

His portraits are punky and fun and done purely through Bob’s appreciation for the subject matter.

Trained in 3D Design, Bob discovered portrait painting much, much later in life. His first public exhibition was alongside KLF giant, Mr Bill Drummond 20 years ago.

Bob’s Great Uncle on his Mum’s side was Freddie Garrity from Freddie And The Dreamers, and Bob’s Nan on his Dad’s side was childhood friends with both Vera Lynn and Bert Weedon. That explains a lot. A historical name dropper.

Bob is author of the Storm Thorgerson and Pink Floyd tribute picture book “Storm@75”.

Instagram: BobArtModels

Twitter: @bobfollen

Professor Malcolm Garrett

Professor Malcolm Garrett RDI FISTD

With offices in London and Manchester, Malcolm Garrett is Creative Director at the design consultancy Images&Co, a creative partnership with writer Kasper de Graaf that was first established in 1981, when together they produced the ground-breaking, style magazine ‘New Sounds New Styles’.

Malcolm is widely regarded as a key influence on the development of contemporary British graphic design. As a first generation punk, at art school in Manchester in 1977, he founded the innovative graphic design group Assorted iMaGes, and subsequently created landmark designs for numerous bands throughout the late ‘70s and ‘80s

He moved to London in late 1978 to work at the heart of a music and lifestyle industry in regeneration, and in 1983 went on to establish ‘The Bank’, a collective home for designers & artists in what was then a derelict Shoreditch in East London. Developing a distinctive visual style, often described as ‘pop-constructivist’, he worked with musicians such as Buzzcocks, Magazine, Duran Duran, Boy George and Simple Minds over several years, his work evolving in sympathy as the bands themselves evolved.

In 1994 he established the pioneering digital agency, AMX, one of the first in Shoreditch (now known as ‘tech city’), working in publishing, the arts, with numerous corporate clients, and musicians such as Orbital, Oasis, Iron Maiden and Spice Girls.

Recognised with a number of Honorary Professorships and Doctorates, in 2000, he became the first RSA Royal Designer in ‘new media’, in 2015 was one of the first 10 designers in the Design Week ‘Hall of Fame’, and in 2017 he was nominated as one of Creative Review’s 50 ‘Creative Leaders’.

Malcolm is noted for his collaborative and user-focused approach to design, as well as his commitment to design education at all levels. He is an Ambassador for Manchester School of Art, and is a Founder and Artistic Director of the annual Design Manchester festival.  |  T: @malcolmgarrett  |  I: @beingmalcolmgarrett  |  @imagesco  |  @designmcr

Music in Pictures:

From Buzzcocks to Bowie with Garrett and Barnbrook.

Designing the perfect album sleeve – from buzzcocks to bowie – the rise, fall and rise again of the album cover with designers Malcolm Garrett and Jonathan Barnbrook

Saturday 9 Nov  |  12.15pm

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Professor Martin James

Martin is Professor of Creative and Cultural Industries at Solent University, Southampton and an internationally published music critic. He has worked on the editorial teams of some of the UK’s leading music magazines, as well as contributing to numerous music and lifestyle magazines and UK daily broadsheet newspapers. He has written several critically acclaimed books about music, including French Connections: From Discotheque to Discovery, Moby: Replay and Dave Grohl – Times Like His. The first part of Martin’s definitive biography of The Prodigy, We Eat Rhythm, was published last year. Part two, We Live for the Beats, is due early 2021. State of Bass, an update of his long out-of-print history of the early years of jungle and drum & bass will be published in April 2020 on Velocity Press.

Ralph Dartford

Ralph Dartford hails from Basildon in Essex, and now lives in West Yorkshire, having got there via Australia, Barcelona and Los Angeles. He was the founding member of influential spoken word collective ‘A Firm of Poets’, and his first collection of poetry, Cigarettes, Beer and Love was published by Ossett Observer Presents in 2013. A new collection, Recovery Songs – also touring as a spoken word show – is forthcoming from Valley Press in October 2019.

Recovery Songs

is a cycle of narrative poems that focuses on the fall and rise of the human condition. These are stories of love, abandonment, abuse, addiction, loss, and by the end, a redemption earned. Unflinching and funny at times, this collection takes its reader through a life lived in the margins, and asks: how do we recover when everything appears lost?

Sunday 10 Nov  |  10am

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