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Travis Elborough

Described by The Guardian as “one of the country’s finest pop culture historians’, Travis Elborough has been author, broadcaster and cultural commentator for nearly two decade now.

His books include A Walk in the Park, a loving exploration of public parks and green space’ hailed as ‘a fascinating, informative, revelatory book’ by William Boyd and The Long Player Goodbye, a hymn to vinyl that inspired the BBC4 documentary When Albums Ruled the World, in which he also appeared. .

With Bob Stanley from Saint Etienne, he also co-wrote the script for How We Used to Live, a BFI archive film directed by Paul Kelly, and premiered at the 2013 London Film Festival.

His liner notes can equally be found on the rear sleeve of the album ‘Words and Music by Saint Etienne‘.

Mike Roberts

Mike Roberts was born in Liverpool in 1960, studied Painting at Chelsea School of Art (1978-81) and did an MA in Music at Goldsmiths (2012-14). In the mid-1990s he enjoyed an unlikely pop profile as easy listening bandleader Mike Flowers of The Mike Flowers Pops, including a UK No.2 chart hit with his version of the Oasis song ‘Wonderwall’ (according to Lou Reed, one of the funniest things he’d ever heard). He has since scored music for film and television, and made music documentaries for Sky Arts and London’s Barbican Centre. How Art Made Pop is his first book.

Steve Lamacq


Despite being a man best known for his discovery and championing of new music, Steve Lamacq started as a sports journalist on the Harlow Gazette. However, a slightly unhealthy obsession with the charts and music press drew him into the world of music.

Steve joined the NME and at one point saw more than 200 gigs in one year – resulting in tonsillitis and glandular fever, but being a trooper he was back at a (local) gig four days after leaving hospital.

At the age of 12, Steve decided he wanted to work at BBC Radio 1 and years later he got his chance following a letter to the station offering help with regards to the masses of new bands that weren’t being covered at the time.

An apprenticeship reviewing the music press and occasionally sitting in followed, but it was his partnership with Jo Whiley on The Evening Session that really set a rocket under his radio career.

A remarkable record of picking the next big thing has continued as part of producing one of the most compelling radio music shows in the UK and a great read in his book ‘Going Deaf For A Living’.

Farran Golding

Farran Golding is a journalist from Wakefield, West Yorkshire whose work focuses on skateboarding culture and film.

A graduate with First Class Honours of Louder Than Words’ partner Multimedia Journalism course at Manchester Metropolitan University; Farran attended the festival in 2018 to co-host an ‘In Conversation’ with BBC Radio’s Gemma Cairney. This year he is returning independently to present an ‘In Conversation’ with acclaimed graphic designer, Craig Oldham, of Rough Trade Books, and host a screening of his first documentary film, BUBBLEGUM: exploring John Carpenter’s ‘They Live’.

Farran currently produces editorial in association with renowned skateboarding retailers and brands connected to skateboarding and publishes personal work focusing on the culture’s nuanced history via his online outlet, Speedway Magazine.

Craig Oldham

Craig Oldham has been named as one of the most influential designers working in the UK, and has written books on a range of topics including culture, politics, and creative education. His 2015 book, In Loving Memory Of Work: A Visual Record of the UK Miners’ Strike 1984-85 has been described as “Beautiful” by artist, Grayson Perry, and “Terrific” by director, Ken Loach. Craig is creative director of Rough Trade Books, sister company to the famous record label, and recently published the first of the Epiphany Editions, a series looking at the cultural impact of cult film.

Celeste Bell

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.

Zoë Howe

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 SlitsBarbed 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. /

Thurston and Eva

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.

Marianne Dissard

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
Smith (‘Moondust’).

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

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

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