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Phil Savidge

Phill Savidge is widely credited as one of the main instigators of the Britpop movement that swept the UK in the mid 1990s. During this time, Savidge (as co-founder and head of legendary PR company Savage and Best) represented most of the artists associated with the scene including Suede, Pulp, The Verve, Elastica, The Auteurs, Longpigs, Ultrasound, Echobelly, Menswear, Marion, Black Box Recorder and Kula Shaker.

Phill’s unique experience at the epicentre of Britpop led to many intimate, not entirely self-congratulatory, encounters with a who’s who of popular culture – including Brett Anderson, Damon Albarn, Roy Orbison, David Bowie, Joe Strummer, Lou Reed, Richard Ashcroft, Andrew Lloyd Webber, Mick Jagger and Damien Hirst amongst others – and it is these encounters that form the centerpiece of Phill’s first book, Lunch With The Wild Frontiers: A History Of Britpop And Excess in 13 and a ½ Chapters. Lunch .. was released in May this year to much critical acclaim, The Guardian calling it “a lively love-letter to a bygone era” and the Glasgow Herald hailing it as a 20th Century glitter-ball take on Machiavelli’s The Prince.” Q magazine also praised the book as “a read-in-one-sitting, eye-watering memoir” whilst Classic Pop heralded it as “an exhilarating and hilarious expose of the scene, recounted in a gloriously gossipy style with a vibrancy that sees it begging to be adapted for the screen.”

Daniel Rachel

Birmingham-born Daniel Rachel is a former musician and award-winning author whose previous works include: Isle of Noises (a Guardian and NME Book of the Year), Walls Come Tumbling Down (winner of the Penderyn Music Book prize), When Ziggy Played the Marquee by Terry O’Neill (editor) and co-writer of Ranking Roger’s autobiography I Just Can’t Stop It: My Life in The Beat.  His third major title, Don’t Look Back in Anger: the rise and fall of Cool Britannia was published in September 2019.

Website: www.danielrachel.com

Twitter: @DanielRachel69

Jo Wood

JO WOOD’s career began as a fashion model in the 1970s. She met Rolling Stones guitarist Ronnie Wood at a party in 1977 and fell in love, marrying him in 1985 and remaining together until 2009.

They are still friends.

Eddie Piller

Eddie Piller was born into an east end mod family in the mid sixties (his mum ran the Small Faces Fan Club) and a career in music beckoned.

In 1980 he started the legendary fanzine, Extraordinary Sensations and its attendant record label but was soon persuaded to decamp to Stiff Records where he became a label manager and a & r man. Fate leant a hand and when Stiff crashed, Piller moved into management and production – recording the young James Taylor and his Quartet.

After a while the JTQ became the main draw in the burgeoning London jazz scene and Piller teamed up with DJ Gilles Peterson to establish the Acid Jazz label to push the scene into a fresh (and marketable) direction – the Acid House explosion ensured that the fledgling outfit soon swept the world and the acid jazz scene became the most influential youth movement of the 90s.

Success was immediate but Peterson left in 1989 to establish Talking Loud and Eddie Piller concentrated on a new generation of signings: Jamiroquai, the Brand New Heavies, Corduroy, Mother Earth, A Man Called Adam, Terry Callier, Gregory Isaacs all had substantial hits through the decade. In 1993 Piller opened the ground-breaking nightclub, The Blue Note.By the late 90s Piller had moved into broadcasting hosting shows for BBC Radio London, BBC 6music and Q Radio (where he won a British Radio Award).

In 2019 Piller had written 11 documentaries that have been screened on a variety of channels, the most recent being “Our Generation – The Definitive Story of Quadrophenia” screened on Sky Arts to commemorate the film’s 40th anniversary and over seeing Totally Wired Radio – the new radio station out of Acid Jazz Studios.

Steve Rowland

Designer, Curator, Broadcaster and Author Steve Rowland became hooked on subcultures as the Mod revival and 2 Tone exploded across the UK in 1979 and since then has never been involved in music related capers. An early career in Graphic Design led him to design record sleeves for labels including Memphis Industries, Creation Records, Heavenly Recordings, Sony, EMI, Well Suspect and Pressure Sounds to name a few.

In the 90s Steve toured with many bands around the globe before moving on to promoting club nights, gigs, exhibitions, film screenings and book readings in Brighton, DJ for bands including Saint Etienne and Buzzcocks, curate exhibitions instore with Fred Perry across the country.  Alongside writing books Steve broadcasts a monthly show on Totally Wired Radio.

Steve co authored the book Modzines, fanzine culture from the Mod revival, with Eddie Piller and still spends too much time being a Rude Boy.

Ken McNab

Ken McNab is a lifelong Beatles fan and well-respected journalist with Scotland’s Evening Times. He lives in Glasgow with his wife and children.

David Tregunna

David Tregunna, Director, IAP Fine Art, represented Gollon for 25 years and is curating the major museum retrospective of Gollon’s music-related works at Huddersfield Art Gallery (12th Oct 2019 – 4th Jan 2020).

Chris Gollon

Chris Gollon (b.1953, London – d. 2017), a friend of The Skids, enjoyed many solo museum exhibitions, museum acquisitions, including British Museum, the V&A and Huddersfield Art Gallery; and public commissions. He has exhibited with Bill Viola, Tracey Emin and Damien Hirst; and also with Yoko Ono, David Bowie and Gavin Turk in ‘ROOT’, a crossover exhibition of contemporary music and art created by Thurston Moore of Sonic Youth, at Chisenhale Gallery, London, 1998. The latter started his lifelong interest in boundary crossing, where one art form takes the other into new areas of thought and feeling. He enjoyed collaborating with musicians such as Grammy-nominated Yi Yao and singer/songwriter Eleanor McEvoy. For Chris Gollon song lyrics by Bob Dylan, Neil Young or others would often be the spring board into new imagery.

Matt Everitt

Matt Everitt is no stranger to the music business, signing a record deal in the 90s during the heady days of Britpop as the drummer in Britpop band Menswe@r and then going on to appear on XFM and then reporting the Music News on the 6 Music Breakfast Show and for BBC Radio 2’s Ken Bruce show as well as being a familiar face on TV. 6 Music series The First Time has led him to interview the biggest music stars on the planet and now the time is right to publish these incredible stories.

Taking the lead from his original interviews, Matt has collected 40 subjects, talking in depth about their first experiences including first gigs, first musical memories etc. A real Desert Island Discs of musical firsts!

Each chapter starts with an introduction by Matt about his memories of meeting the subject, accompanied by stunning newly created collage artwork and finishes with a clever Spotify link that will lead readers straight to the bespoke playlist of songs that are discussed in the interviews.

Dr Kenneth Womack

Dr. Kenneth Womack is Dean of the Wayne D. McMurray School of Humanities and Social Sciences at Monmouth University, where he also serves as Professor of English. He is the author or editor of more than 30 books, including Long and Winding Roads: The Evolving Artistry of the Beatles (2007), the Cambridge Companion to the Beatles (2009), The Beatles Encyclopedia: Everything Fab Four (2014), and a multivolume study devoted to the life and work of Beatles producer George Martin. The first book in the series, Maximum Volume, was published in 2017 and lauded by Kirkus Reviews as “an authoritative account of pop-music history and the man who helped shape it.” The second volume, Sound Pictures: The Life of Beatles Producer George Martin (The Later Years, 1966-2016), was published in 2018 and received a starred-review from Kirkus as well as acclaim in Forbes, Mojo and more. His forthcoming book, Solid State: The Story of Abbey Road and the End of the Beatles, will be released September 1, 2019 and has received advance praise from Publishers Weekly. A Beatles blogger for CultureSonar and guest writer for Salon, Slate, Variety, The Guardian, The Independent, and The Philadelphia Inquirer, Dr. Womack delivers some 50 invited Beatles talks a year to audiences across the world. As an expert commentator, he regularly shares his insights with media of all stripes, including National Public Radio, ABC, CBS, NBC, the BBC and Voice of America, among others.

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