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Chris Salewicz

Chris Salewicz has documented popular culture for more than three decades, in print and on television and radio.

He was a senior features writer for NME from 1975 to 1981. Subsequently Salewicz has written regularly for numerous publications, including The Sunday Times, the Independent, the Daily Telegraph, Q, MOJO, and Conde Nast Traveller, and a myriad newspapers and magazines across the globe.

Chris Salewicz is the author of seventeen books, including the acclaimed Rude Boy: Once Upon a Time in Jamaica; Redemption Song: the Definitive Biography of Joe Strummer, an exhaustive, epic biography of the Clash frontman, a best-seller; and Bob Marley: the Untold Story, another best-seller. In 2014 he published The 27 Club, an analysis of the deaths of seven 27-year-old musical maestros including Amy Winehouse, Kurt Cobain, and Jimi Hendrix.

Chris Salewicz has had a longstanding relationship with the island of Jamaica. Whilst living there in the mid-1990s he wrote the screenplay for Third World Cop, the most successful film ever in the Caribbean. In autumn 2014 he presented a BBC Radio 4 series about the making of the film The Harder They Come, and its social consequences. In April 2017 his 60-minute BBC World Service show about Polish reggae aired.

His book Jimmy Page: the Definitive Biography was published by HarperCollins on July 26 2018 to resounding critical acclaim, including lead review in the Sunday Times.

Chris Salewicz lives in south London.

The Lovely Eggs

The Lovely Eggs are an underground surreal-psych punk rock duo from northern England.

They have a fierce ethos that music should have no rules.

For Holly and David being in a band is a way of life. True to this, they live the way they play. Fiercely, constantly in search of the good times.

Despite their strong DIY ethos, the band have still attracted huge support from BBC 6 Music and the British music press, selling out gigs across the UK without the help of management, booking agent or record label support.

They have produced five albums. The latest “This Is Eggland” was produced and mixed by Dave Fridmann (Flaming Lips, Mercury Rev, Mogwai, MGMT, Tame Impala) at his studio in upstate New York. It was released in February 2018 to critical acclaim.

The Lovely Eggs are one of the most exciting, innovative and genuine bands on the British Underground Music Scene. Welcome to Eggland. Welcome to their world!

Welcome to Eggland!

The Lovely Eggs in Conversation

What a treat to have the Lovely Eggs in conversation with Louder’s John Robb. Join us for this special event taking us on a journey through Eggland and beyond.

Saturday 9 Nov  |  8.00pm

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Steven Gill’s First Book

‘The Rock ‘n’ The Roll. ‘N’ That..’ was the result of scratching a long held literary itch.
An avid reader, a visit to the inaugural Festival No.6 inspired him to get creative and some 450 plus pages later, the Manchester musical melodrama was conceived.

Saturday 9 Nov  |  3.30pm
Sunday 10 Nov  |  1.30pm

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Steven Gill

Steven Gill lives, works and writes in Manchester and has spent 30 odd years gig-going around his hometown.

His first book, ‘The Rock ‘n’ The Roll. ‘N’ That..’ was the result of scratching a long held literary itch. An avid reader, a visit to the inaugural Festival No.6 inspired him to get creative and some 450 plus pages later, the Manchester musical melodrama was conceived.

Currently working on his second novel. Again, set in Manchester but an unrelated tale that tracks three childhood friends over four decades.

When not writing, he attempts – and largely fails – to keep his obsession for new coats in check. And also continues to amass the biggest collection of books on The Beatles this side of Liverpool.

Very few regrets but absolutely should have started with this writing lark way, way sooner.

Would happily sport a tattoo bearing the maxim ‘there’s more to life than books, you know. But not much more…’ but is scared of needles.

Author STEVEN GILL will appear at #Louder2019‘s ‘Speaker’s Corner’… our Post Room Book Store space for FREE programmed and impromptu readings.

Join Steven:
Saturday 9th November: 3.30pm
Sunday 10th November: 1.30pm

Steven will also be selling copies of his books across the weekend

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

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