David Hepworth


I've got a new book called "Nothing Is Real" coming out in the autumn. It's sub-titled "The Beatles were underrated - and other sweeping statements", 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. 

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.

What else? Mark and I are working on taking our live "turn" out and about. What do we say? Check local listings. 


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.


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.