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.


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On July 1st I'll be talking about Sgt Pepper with Giles Martin and Kevin Howlett at the Chalke Valley History Festival. On July 10th Mark Ellen and I are talking to Johnny Rogan about the latest volumes of his massive history of the Byrds at Word In Your Ear. Throughout July Johnnie Walker and I are recording some further "Long Players" for Radio Two. I'm also recording five further essays for Radio Three. You can find the earlier ones that Mark and I did here. Watch this space for anything else. 


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My agent is Charlie Viney at The Viney Agency.

Press contact for books is Sally Wray at Transworld Books.