David Toop (born 1949) has been developing a practice that crosses boundaries of sound, listening, music and materials since 1970. This encompasses improvised music performance, writing, electronic sound, field recording, exhibition curating, sound art installations and opera. It includes seven acclaimed books, including Rap Attack (1984), Ocean of Sound (1995), Sinister Resonance (2010), Into the Maelstrom (2016) and Flutter Echo, a memoir. Briefly a member of David Cunningham’s pop project The Flying Lizards in 1979, he has released thirteen solo albums, from New and Rediscovered Musical Instruments on Brian Eno’s Obscure label (1975) and Sound Body on David Sylvian’s Samadhisound label (2006) to Entities Inertias Faint Beings (2016). His 1978 Amazonas recordings of Yanomami shamanism and ritual were released on Sub Rosa as Lost Shadows (2016). Curator of sound art exhibitions including Sonic Boom at the Hayward Gallery (2000), his opera – Star-shaped Biscuit – was performed as an Aldeburgh Faster Than Sound project in 2012. He is currently Professor of Audio Culture and Improvisation at London College of Communication. Published by Ecstatic Peace Library, David will join Thurston Moore and Eva Prinz in converation with Matt Everitt.
Dr Simon A. Morrison is a writer and academic, currently working as Programme Leader for the Music Journalism degree at the University of Chester. Author of the book Discombobulated – a collection of Gonzo ‘Dispatches From The Wrong Side’ columns penned for DJmagazine and published in the UK and US by Headpress – Simon has reported on the music scene everywhere from Beijing to Brazil; Moscow to Marrakech. He edited Ministry of Sound’s Ibiza magazine for two years and has also produced and presented TV and radio. A screenplay Simon penned, based on a story he wrote for The Guardian, is currently with a TV production company.
Simon’s research interest remains in the intersection of words and music. He has written extensively on this relationship, with a new book to be published by Bloomsbury in May 2019, and he has also presented this research at conferences across the world, including Australia.
John McCready began writing as a news journalist in Liverpool and freelanced for NME from 1986. He also wrote extensively for The Face and there were significant associations with ID, Radio Times, Mojo, Mixmag and Word.
John has compiled and written sleeve notes for releases by New Order and Stone Rose and was Press Officer for Network Records in Birmingham — the pioneering dance independent which brought the world Detroit Techno and Altern 8!
He has written and presented stories for Radio 4’s Front Row and worked as a producer and music consultant in TV — overseeing an entire evening of anniversary programmes on John Lennon for Channel 4 — together with documentaries for BBC and ITV on the Beach Boys, Abba and the Carpenters.
John was a resident Hacienda DJ and a New Order tour DJ. He released records on the great Rob Gretton’s label.
He has created and taught courses in music and journalism at Leeds College of Music, Huddersfield University, Edge Hill University, Salford University and for journalism training specialists, News Associates in Manchester and London. He is currently Course Leader for the Music Journalism Degree at BIMM Manchester.
Sociologist Simon Frith is Emeritus Professor of Music at University of Edinburgh. In the 70s, 80s and 90s he wrote for Let It Rock, CREEM, Melody Maker, the Sunday Times, and the Village Voice.
Simon Philo teaches Popular Music in Society and American Studies at the University of Derby. He is the author of British Invasion: The Crosscurrents of Musical Influence (2015) and Glam Rock: Music in Sound and Vision (2018) and presents shows on Radio Free Matlock and Stranger Radio. In a 25-year career in higher education, Simon has made it his mission to introduce as many students as possible to the joy of popular music. His favourite Stones’ track is “I Wanna Be Your Man”.
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 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!
|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.
Steven will also be selling copies of his books across the weekend
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