Patrick Woodroffe is the world’s foremost live show lighting designer. He’s the man the Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan, Stevie Wonder and many others ask for by name. He’s been behind some of the most ambitious and technically demanding stage presentations, from vast crowds on Copacabana Beach to a world TV audience for the opening ceremony of the 2012 Olympics. He talked to Mark Ellen and David Hepworth about his work in front of an audience at the Islington.
Peter Doggett is one of the most respected authors in the music field, with highly-praised works devoted to David Bowie and the Beatles to his name. Here he talks to Mark Ellen and David Hepworth about his magnum opus “Electric Shock”, a panoramic history of popular music from the gramophone to the iPhone. This was recorded in front of an audience at The Islington.
Mick Wall has been a leading light of rock journalism at the heavier end for over thirty years, playing an important role in the development of Black Sabbath, Led Zeppelin, Guns N’Roses and many others. Here he talks to Mark Ellen and David Hepworth about his experiences, as recorded in his new book “Getcha Rocks Off”. This was recorded in front of an audience at The Islington.
On the 30th anniversary of the day four people who were there talk about what it was like, how it didn’t quite happen as planned, how people and press reacted at the time and what it changed about music and media.
One of our oldest pals talks about Altered Images, Gregory’s Girl, the joys of the oldies circuit and how motherhood led her to write Tallulah and the Teen Stars, the latest in a series of Young Adult books about the adventures of thinly-disguised versions of Smash Hits favourites.
In this special Word In Your Era recording the UK’s most legendary disc jockey talks to Mark Ellen and David Hepworth about playing records on the radio in the 70s, about sneaking Lou Reed up Auntie’s skirt, avoiding the Bay City Rollers and going to an authentic record company sponsored orgy. Happy days.
Mark Ellen and David Hepworth talk to Johnny Rogan, biographer of Morrissey and Van Morrison, about Ray Davies, the subject of his latest book, A Complicated Life. Recorded at the Islington in front of an audience at Word In Your Ear.
Mark Ellen, David Hepworth and Fraser Lewry talk to “Magic” Alex Gold about his playing ukulele in Alaska, schlepping the length and breadth of Britain to play to one man and Fido and learning the entire repertoire of the Rolling Stones in just one day. Plus: Tidal, Rick Buckler, the unquiet life of AC/DC and how to leave your records in your will.
Rick Buckler was the drummer of The Jam. His book “That’s Entertainment” tells the story of how a teenage covers band from Woking became Britain’s most popular group of the late 70s and early 80s, how it all came to an end and the likelihood of it being started again. He talked about it to Mark Ellen and David Hepworth at a Word In Your Ear event at the Islington. (Picture by David Lloyd-Jones.)
Richard Goldstein was the world’s first rock critic. He wrote the “Popeye” column for the Village Voice during the British invasion of New York, rubbing shoulders with the Stones, Dylan, Janis Joplin and Brian Wilson. His book “Another Little Piece Of My Heart” is a unique record of a tumultuous era seen up-close. He talked about it to Mark Ellen and David Hepworth at Word In Your Ear is Islington.