The unparalleled David Hepworth celebrates the reign - and the return - of the LP (from 'Sgt Pepper' to 'Thriller'), how vinyl changed the music, the music industry and the way we listen.
David Hepworth has been writing, broadcasting and speaking about music and media since the seventies. He was involved in the launch and editing of magazines such as Smash Hits, Q, Mojo and The Word, among many others. He was one of the presenters of the BBC rock music programme The Old Grey Whistle Test and one of the anchors of the corporation's coverage of Live Aid in 1985. He has won the Editor of the Year and Writer of the Year awards from the Professional Publishers Association and the Mark Boxer award from the British Society of Magazine Editors. He lives in London, dividing his time between writing for a variety of newspaper and magazines, speaking at events, broadcasting work, podcasting at www.wordpodcast.co.uk and blogging at www.whatsheonaboutnow.blogspot.co.uk. He says Chuck Berry's 'You Never Can Tell' is the best record ever made. 'This is not an opinion,' he says. 'It's a matter of fact.'
Hepworth's knowledge and understanding of rock history is
prodigious...he throws terrific little facts around like
confetti...And his pungently sarcastic asides are priceless...
Hugely entertaining. * The Sunday Times *
When reviewers say a book feels twice as long as it actually is, they are not usually being complimentary. In the case of David Hepworth's paean to the age of vinyl, A Fabulous Creation, I really have come to praise him. It's years since I came across a chronicle of the pop life containing so many arresting anecdotes that I found myself going back over pages to savour every line, every insight. * The Times *
Full of sharp critical assessments and droll digressions ... warm and wonderfully readable. * Q Magazine *
His best yet. * Danny Baker *
Well researched and passionately written. * The Afterword *