Celeste Bell spent much of her childhood living on a Hare Krishna farm in the Hertfordshire countryside with her mother, who converted to the religion in the 1980s. Celeste made the decision to leave the movement at a young age and went to live with her grandmother in Brixton, South London. After completing her degree in English and History from Queen Mary College, Celeste settled in Madrid where she formed her own ska-punk band, Debutant Disco/The Tabloid Queens. After finishing a master’s degree in Political Philosophy from Pompeu Fabra University in Barcelona, Celeste returned to London to work alongside writer Zoe Howe Day Glo: The Creative Life of Poly Styrene. Celeste and Zoe then went on to join forces with director Paul Sng making a documentary film to accompany the book, Poly Styrene: I am a clichè. Apart from managing her mothers artistic estate, Celeste also works as a part time lecturer in English. Celeste is currently developing a documentary film and book about her experiences in the Hare Krishna movement, with the working title of Mr Gorbarchev and The Krishna Kids.
Writer, artist and musician Zoë Howe is the author of acclaimed music biographies Dayglo: The Poly Styrene Story (in collaboration with Poly’s daughter Celeste Bell), Typical Girls? The Story Of The Slits, Barbed Wire Kisses – The Jesus & Mary Chain Story, Wilko Johnson – Looking Back At Me, Lee Brilleaux – Rock ’n’ Roll Gentleman and Stevie Nicks – Visions, Dreams & Rumours to name a few, and her debut novel Shine On, Marquee Moon was shortlisted for the Virginia Prize for Fiction in 2016. Zoë also worked with Celeste Bell and director Paul Sng on the Poly Styrene documentary I Am A Cliché (release 2020). Musically, Zoë has worked with Viv Albertine, Mick Jones, Steve Beresford, Charli XCX, Kelly Osbourne, Anne Pigalle, Helen McCookeryBook, The Plan and others. www.zoehowe.com /www.zoehoweartist.com
Thurston Moore is founder of the New York rock band Sonic Youth. He has over the last ten years produced five major solo albums including Demolished Thoughts Chelsea Light Moving, The Best Day, Rock n Roll Consciousness, and his latest 3-volume album entitled SPIRIT COUNSEL which features solo work, band work as well as a symphonic compositions for twelve guitarists. Thurston has held artist residencies at The Louvre in Paris, France and at The Venice Biennale in Italy. He is a professor of music at The Rhythmic Conservatory in Copenhagen, Denmark. In 2016 Thurston published ‘Stereo Sanctity: Selected Lyrics & Poems’ which features the lyrics he penned in Sonic Youth and as a solo recording artist and with his own Group.
Eva Prinz is a book editor and curator based in London. She has worked in the most prestigious art publishing houses in the world including Taschen, Rizzoli and Abrams. As an Editor of Fine Art Books she has edited museum catalogues, artist monographs as well as memoirs of artists, musicians, fashion designers and photographers. Ten years ago Eva Prinz & Thurston Moore started their own imprint under the moniker ECSTATIC PEACE LIBRARY. Since 2012 they have taught a summer writing programme at the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics in Boulder, Colorado — a school founded by poets Anne Waldman and Allen Ginsberg in 1974. In 2018 Eva & Thurston founded The Daydream Library Series, a new record label dedicated to new music including SISTAHS by the London feminist punk trio Big Joanie.
Her own desert noir chanson plays effortlessly with contradictions: tender, yet abrasive; melodramatic, but vulnerable; comical and heart-breaking.
Equally so her first book, ‘Not Me’, an impish and poetic exploration of trauma and the life of a touring musician, praised by three of Dissard’s favorite authors, Mitch Cullin (‘Tideland’), Chris Rush (‘The Light Years’) and Andrew
A courageous book of unflinching compassion, ‘Not Me’ is available from October 15th, 2019 as paperback (first edition is high quality-printed by CPI Antony Rowe UK), audiobook (read by the author) and eBook, with a cover design by noted British designer Jamie Keenan.
We will have copies of Marianne’s book ‘Not Me’ available over the #Louder2019 weekend.
A vivid inner record of universal interest, Dissard’s ‘often improbably funny memoir’ (Andrew Smith), ‘not just painfully but viscerally, brutally honest’ (producer John Parish), will speak to anyone who has ever struggled to maintain physical and psychological well-being.
Cathi Unsworth has written six pop-cultural noir novels: That Old Black Magic, Without The Moon, Weirdo, Bad Penny Blues, The Singer and The Not Knowing. She started out on Sounds and has since written for Bizarre, Fortean Times, Financial Times, The Guardian, Mojo and Sight and Sound. More at www.cathiunsworth.co.uk
Icon, muse, catalyst and the most recognisable face of punk, Jordan was described as ‘the first Sex Pistol’ by Derek Jarman, Jon Savage and those who dared to walk up to 430 King’s Road from 1975-81. The public face of SEX, Seditionaries and World’s End; the motivating force behind Jubilee and the first manager of The Ants – these are just some of her achievements.
DARYL EASLEA, is the co-editor of and contributor to The Supreme Record Company: The Story of Decca Records 1929-2019 and the curator of Decca’s 90th birthday activities. He is a writer, DJ and A&R consultant whose words have appeared in Record Collector, Mojo, Prog, the Guardian and Uncut. Among his books are Everybody Dance: Chic and the Politics of Disco (a revised, updated edition of which has just been published); Talent Is an Asset: The Story of Sparks and Without Frontiers: The Life and Music of Peter Gabriel. He regularly compiles and annotates CDs and LPs. As a DJ and event host, his work has taken him to Europe and venues such as the V&A, the British Library, Abbey Road Studios and the Turbine Hall at Tate Modern.
Eamonn Forde has been writing about all areas of the music business since 2001. He is reports editor at Music Ally and regularly writes for The Guardian, IQ, The Big Issue, Q and The Quietus among other titles. Eamonn completed his PhD at University of Westminster in 2001. His book on the final years EMI under Terra Firma was published by Omnibus in February 2019.
The Beatles. The Beach Boys. Blur, Bowie, Kylie Minogue, Kate Bush and Coldplay. EMI was one of the big four record companies, with some of the biggest names in the history of recorded music on its roster. Dominating the music industry for over 100 years, by 2010 EMI Group had reported massive pre-tax losses. The group was divided up and sold in 2011. How could one of the greatest recording companies of the 20th century have ended like this? With interviews from insiders and music industry experts, Eamonn Forde pieces together the tragic end to a financial juggernaut and a cultural institution in forensic detail. The Final Days of EMI: Selling the Pig is the story of the British recording industry, laid bare in all its hubris and glory.
Heath Common is a music journalist, songwriter (Hi4Head records), music publisher (H4H Music), broadcaster and poet. He was previously a headteacher at an inner-city secondary school in Manchester. As a journalist, he has written extensively about The Beatles and he cites the day he once spent with Mike McCartney touring the city of Liverpool meeting the people “involved with The Beatles before The Beatles broke big” as being one of the most fascinating assignments of his journalistic career. In addition, Heath Common has worked with many of the surviving figures of the Beat movement and he regularly interviews Simon Warner at festivals and events around the country with regards to Simon’s books about the Beat culture.
Simon Warner is an author, journalist and broadcaster with a particular interest in Kerouac and the Beat Generation and their relationship to popular music of the last 75 years. His books include Kerouac on Record: A Literary Soundtrack (Bloomsbury, 2018), Text and Drugs and Rock’n’Roll: The Beats and Rock Culture (Bloomsbury, 2013) and Howl for Now (Route, 2005).