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.


Mark Ellen and I are back with Word In Your Ear on December 11th when our guest is Danny Baker. That's sold out but if you want to get in  to future evenings join the mailing list. Our recent chats with Armando Iannucci and Robert Forster are here.
My latest book "Uncommon People" has just come out in the USA. Here's coverage in the New York Times and the Los Angeles Times. Media enquires to Declan Taintor at Henry Holt.
Starting tomorrow (Monday, December 11th) I'm doing the Essay on Radio 3 for a week. Under the umbrella title "Nothing Is Real" these all deal with various different aspects of pop's eternal struggle with authenticity. If you miss any you can catch up via the BBC website.


You can get in touch via this form.

My agent is Charlie Viney at The Viney Agency.

Press contact for books is Sally Wray at Transworld Books.