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DAVID HEPWORTH

Mark Griffiths

David Hepworth has been writing about, broadcasting about and speaking about music since the 70s. He was involved in the launch and/or editing of magazines like Smash Hits, Q, Mojo and The Word among many others.

He was one of the presenters of the BBC rock music programme Whistle Test and one of the anchors of the Corporation’s coverage of Live Aid in 1985. He has won the Editor of the Year and Writer of the Year awards from the Professional Publishers Association and the Mark Boxer Award from the British Society of Magazine Editors.

He is the radio columnist for the Saturday Guardian and a regular media correspondent for the newspaper.

David’s blog http://whatsheonaboutnow.blogspot.co.uk obtains 40,000 views per month. He has 15,000 followers on Twitter.

He is a director of the independent company Development Hell and divides his time between writing for a variety of magazines and newspapers, speaking at events, broadcasting work and blogging. He lives in London. ‘I was born in 1950,’ he says, ‘which means that in terms of music I have the winning ticket in the lottery of life’. He lives in London.

Published on both sides of the Atlantic in 2016, Never A Dull Moment was a Sunday Times top ten bestseller in the UK and ranked within the Amazon top 100 in the US. His  Uncommon People: The Rise and Fall of the Rock Stars 1955 - 1994 was published in the UK and the US in 2017 and was also a Sunday Times top ten bestseller.

Praise for Uncommon People:

‘Marvellous . . . The age of the rock star is over, and Hepworth’s never-less-than fascinating book is a more than fitting farewell’ (Dylan Jones GQ)

‘David Hepworth is such a clever writer . . . Uncommon People is a gorgeous read, celebratory and bittersweet, both pep rally and memorial, throbbing with insight and incident’ (Julie Burchill Spectator)

‘This book is a kind of elegy for a glorious but passing phase in entertainment history . . . brim[s] with insight, humour and a certain genial astringency’ (Stuart Maconie Mail on Sunday)

‘[A] wonderful portrait of rock stardom . . . Hepworth’s writing is sublime’ (Daily Mail)

‘The effect is that of faded, evocative, partisan Polaroids scattered from the memory of one obsessive music fan . . . Uncommon People emerges as part of the drive to capture, analyse and archive key moments in musical history that might otherwise vanish from popular memory before we know it’ (Observer)

Praise for Never a Dull Moment:

"David Hepworth's argument is simple: 1971 was "the most febrile and creative time in the entire history of popular music". It's an enormous assertion but he makes his point with infectious enthusiasm . . . Whether you agree is beside the point. This is a compelling love letter to a year of timeless music." (Q)

"A good mix of entertainment, insight and odd facts. Hepworth’s thesis is largely convincing" (Mojo)

"Soon every post-war year will have its own tombstone book, but this is already one of the best" (GQ, Editor’s Hit List)

"Near the beginning, Hepworth argues that 1971 saw the pop era giving way to rock. Even so, his own approach is much more like the best pop: never taking itself too seriously, essentially out to entertain ― but also an awful lot smarter than its absence of solemnity might lead you to think." (Spectator)

"Fond, funny, beautifully written and fizzing with sharp and sweeping theories that instantly feel like facts." (Mark Ellen)

LATEST BOOK: UNCOMMON PEOPLE   

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 The age of the rock star, like the age of the cowboy, has passed. Like the cowboy, the idea of the rock star lives on in our imaginations.

What did we see in them? Swagger. Recklessness. Sexual charisma. Damn-the-torpedoes self-belief. A certain way of carrying themselves. Good hair. Interesting shoes. Talent we wished we had.

What did we want of them? To be larger than life but also like us. To live out their songs. To stay young forever. No wonder many didn’t stay the course.

In Uncommon People, David Hepworth zeroes in on defining moments and turning points in the lives of forty rock stars from 1955 to 1995, taking us on a journey to burst a hundred myths and create a hundred more.

As this tribe of uniquely motivated nobodies went about turning themselves into the ultimate somebodies, they also shaped us, our real lives and our fantasies. Uncommon People isn’t just their story, it’s ours as well.

BIBLIOGRAPHY: Uncommon People, Bantam, UK, 2017: Henry Holt, USA, 2017; Never a Dull Moment: Bantam, UK, 2016: Henry Holt, USA, 2016; Chinese and Italian editions.

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