David Hepworth


I've got a new book called "Nothing Is Real" coming out on November 1st.  It's sub-titled "The Beatles were underrated - and other sweeping statements about pop", which is a reasonable guide to what it's all about. Meanwhile I'm writing and researching another music book which will come out in Spring 2019. 
I'm out and about talking about "Nothing Is Real" and whatever else comes to mind at Word In Your Ear on November 6th, at West End Lane Books on November 12th and at David's in Letchworth on the 14th. Then I'm at the Richmond Festival on November 20th and on the 24th I'm taking part in an evening with Alan Johnson at the Cambridge Literary Festival.

Mark Ellen and I continue to host Word In Your Ear evenings at London's swinging Islington. We try to make these monthly but we obviously have to get guests when they're available so there may be the odd month that goes by without one taking place. To make sure you're on the mailing list go to the website and get your name on the list.



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.


You can get in touch with me via this form on the left.

My agent is Charlie Viney at The Viney Agency.

Press contact for books is Sally Wray at Transworld Books.