David Hepworth


I come from Yorkshire. I'm a qualified drama teacher. I worked in a yuge London record shop in the 70s. At the 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 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 Mixmag Media. I write about radio for The Guardian. 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.


I'm talking to Jimmy Webb about his new book "The Cake And The Rain" at Waterstone's in Kensington High Street on Thursday evening.
I've been to the Cheltenham Festival a few times before and it's always been great fun. I'm appearing on October 8th this year at David Hepworth's Rock 'n' Roll Brunch". This, you'll be pleased to hear, includes breakfast!
I've recorded a few new episodes of "Johnnie Walker's Long Players" for Radio Two. The first of them, which features The Beatles and Beach Boys, goes out on September 23rd.
Mark Ellen and I are back with Word In Your Ear on September 11th when our guests are Chris Difford and Daniel Rachel. In October our guest is Dylan Jones and on November 13th we'll be joined by Robert Forster and Armando Iannucci. Make sure you join the mailing list.
"Uncommon People" comes out in the USA on November 7th. Media enquires to Declan Taintor at Henry Holt.


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My agent is Charlie Viney at The Viney Agency.

Press contact for books is Sally Wray at Transworld Books.