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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. HisĀ  Uncommon People: The Rise and Fall of the Rock Stars 1955 - 1994 was published in the UK and the US in 2017 and was a Sunday Times top ten bestseller. His collected journalism, Nothing Is Real was published by Transworld in 2018. The Rock and Roll A Level, his advanced music quiz was published in 2019.

A Fabulous Creation - How the LP Saved Our Lives was published in 2019 and a Sunday Times top ten Bestseller. Overpaid, Oversexed and Over There was published to wide acclaim in 2020.

Praise for Overpaid, Oversexed and Over There

David Hepworth's books go against one of the core rules of rock & roll. You are supposed to get worse the more you release. He doesn't seem to get that. This latest may be his best. Where's the tradition in that?  

-Danny Baker

Hepworth's ability to mock subjects he has a clear affection for and cast well-worn anecdotes in a fresh light makes his history of rock'n'roll's special relationship a zippy delight

-The Times

A waspish and witty book

-The Herald

Fascinating and entertaining

-Hot Press Magazine

Another tremendously enjoyable read, full of good stories, expertly told: in other words, satisfaction guaranteed 

-The Spectator

 

LATEST BOOK: OVERPAID, OVERSEXED AND OVER THERE

Technoslime Terror
The Beatles landing in New York in February 1964 was the opening shot in a cultural revolution nobody predicted. Suddenly the youth of the richest, most powerful nation on earth was trying to emulate the music, manners and the modes of a rainy island that had recently fallen on hard times.

The resulting fusion of American can-do and British fuck-you didn't just lead to rock and roll's most resonant music. It ushered in a golden era when a generation of kids born in ration card Britain, who had grown up with their nose pressed against the window of America's plenty, were invited to wallow in their big neighbour's largesse.

It deals with a time when everything that was being done - from the Beatles playing Shea Stadium to the Rolling Stones at Altamont, from the Who performing their rock opera at the Metropolitan Opera House to David Bowie touching down in the USA for the first time with a couple of gowns in his luggage - was being done for the very first time.

Rock and roll would never be quite so exciting again.

BIBLIOGRAPHY: Overpaid, Oversexed and Over There (Bantam, 2020); A Fabulous Creation (Bantam, 2019); Nothing Is Real (Bantam, 2018); Uncommon People (Bantam, UK, 2017: Henry Holt, USA, 2017); Never a Dull Moment (Bantam, UK, 2016: Henry Holt, USA, 2016).