David Hepworth


Starting next Monday, December 4th, I'm delighted to be presenting another week of BBC Radio 3's "The Essay". All these essays, which go out at 2245 each evening, are concerned with the lost world of the LP record. It's not just about vinyl fetishism and the increasingly deranged collectors fever that we see around us today. It's about looking back at the unique relationship that we had with the long playing record during the time when it was really the primary form of entertainment for people under thirty. It's about shopping for records, the rituals of putting them on and taking them off, the emotional business of carrying them under your arm in public and the magical multiplier effect of the right record in the right cover.  You can find out more about them here.


I come from Yorkshire. I'm a qualified drama teacher, if you're interested. I worked in a London record shop in the 70s. At the some time I started writing for music papers. After a year with an independent record company I started writing and editing full-time. I joined Smash Hits in 1979, not long after it launched, and became the editor. I then went on to oversee the launch of magazines like Just Seventeen, Q, Empire, Mojo, More and Heat in the 80s and 90s. At the same time I was also broadcasting for the BBC. During the Live Aid concert of 1985 I was thrown in front of the largest TV audience in history. I'm a director of the independent company Wasted Talent. I write about radio and podcasting for the Radio Times I serve on the council of the Advertising Standards Authority. I blog here and podcast there. My books "1971: Never A Dull Moment" and "Uncommon People: The Rise and Fall of the Rock Stars" are both Sunday Times best-sellers.


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My agent is Charlie Viney at The Viney Agency.

Press contact for books is Sally Wray at Transworld Books.