David Hepworth


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Uncommon People came out in paperback in the UK last week. This week I've been a guest on the Bigmouth, Little Atoms and Book Off podcasts. They're all excellent. Please subscribe.

Next week I'm in Italy at the Perugia International Journalism Festival. On April 18th I'm at Waterstone's in York. The following day I'm at the Glossop Record Club. In May I'm at the at the Wanstead Tap on the 2nd, Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival in Belfast on the 5th, Guernsey Literary Festival on the 13th and the Bath Festival on the 20th. 


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.