Podcast no.5 –For our fifth podcast we were pleased to be joined by author and broadcaster David Hepworth. We chat about his new book (‘Overpaid, Oversexed and Over There’), his popular Word in Your Ear podcasts and videocasts, the ways technology has shaped the way we consume and identify with music (“We’ve all got the same record collection nowadays”) and the perils of buying records after the pub.

With the recently launched Apple TV+ series ‘1971: The Year That Music Changed Everything’ – based on David’s acclaimed book, we also discuss some of the exceptional albums that were released that year, the pleasures of digging out old records during lockdown and how “popular music is all about hair when you come down to it”.


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David comes from Yorkshire and worked in a London record shop in the 70s. At the same time he started writing for music papers. After a year with an independent record company he started writing and editing full-time. He joined Smash Hits in 1979, not long after it launched, and became the editor. He 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 he was also broadcasting for the BBC. During the Live Aid concert of 1985 he was sworn at by Bob Geldof in front of what was then the world’s largest TV audience, an incident which has now turned up in Britain’s favourite film. He writes about radio and podcasting for the Radio Times, blogs here and podcasts there. His books “1971: Never A Dull Moment”“Uncommon People: The Rise and Fall of the Rock Stars” and “A Fabulous Creation” are all Sunday Times best-sellers.



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