Published on September 29th, 2017 | by LTWF


Martin James

Martin James is a former music journalist who spent the 90’s writing for Melody Maker, Vox, Muzik, Mixmag, The Guardian, The Independent and anyone else that would have him. He was also section editor for a number of these titles, features editor at Vox (1998) and editor of independently published magazine Flipside UK (1999-2000)

Martin is the author of several critically acclaimed, Internationally published and occasionally best-selling books about music. His book State of Bass: Jungle – the story so far (1997) was hailed by Select magazine as one of the twenty must-read music books from the twentieth century. French Connections: from discotheque to discovery (2003), an investigation into the long and rich history of electronic music in France was also awarded high acclaim with St Etienne’s Bob Stanley declaring it to be ‘endlessly informative and thoroughly enjoyable.’ (Mojo). Martin’s other books include biographies of Dave Grohl, Moby and the Prodigy.

At the inaugural Louder than Words Martin took part in a panel about the future of music journalism during which he announced that publishing a book was easy, any one can do it. Martin has spent the last 12 months trying to self-publish and it’s been hell.

Martin is also Professor of Music Industries and course leader BA (hons) Popular Music Journalism at Southampton Solent University… in other words, he should know better!

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