David Hepworth


Mark Ellen and I are back with Word In Your Ear on February 13th when our guest will be Ian Anderson of Jethro Tull. If you want to make sure of being informed when tickets go on sale join the mailing list. All Word In Your Ear evenings are recorded for podcasts and our recent chats with Armando Iannucci and Robert Forster are here.
My latest book "Uncommon People" came out in the USA at the end of last year. Here's coverage in the New York Times and the Los Angeles Times. U.S. media enquires to Declan Taintor at Henry Holt.
Uncommon People comes out in paperback in the UK in April. On April 4th I'm appearing at Soundstage in London. The following week I'm in Italy at the Perugia International Journalism Festival. In May I'm at the Guernsey Literary Festival on the 13th and the Bath Festival on the 20th.
More news as I have it.


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.