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We're delighted to announce that our Word In Your Ear guests on November 17th are Jon Savage and Howard Sounes.
Jon is the much-acclaimed author of England's Dreaming, the key book about punk rock, and Teenage: the Pre-history of Youth Culture. He was a star writer for Melody Maker and The Face during the music press' heyday.
His new book is 1966: the Year the Decade Exploded; "after 1966 nothing in the pop world would ever be the same. It was the last year that the 7-inch single outsold the long player. It was the year in which the everlasting and transient pop moment would burst forth in its most articulate, instinctive and radical way".
1966 was the year of Revolver, Pet Sounds, Blonde on Blonde and Aftermath, the peak year of Motown and Stax and the year that ideas had been bubbling up in the underground burst into the mainstream. There's no shortage of things to talk about.
We are also incredibly pleased to be talking to celebrated rock biographer Howard Sounes.
Howard is renowned for writing detailed and revelatory explorations of subjects as fascinating and diverse as Paul McCartney, His Rt. Hon. Bobness, Amy Winehouse, and Charles Bukowski, and will be talking to David Hepworth and Mark Ellen about his new book Notes from the Velvet Underground: The Life of Lou Reed.
This explosive exploratory has been causing a stir in the press thanks to Sounes' diligently-researched revelations on the legendary Tortoise of Rock, pre-, during and post-Velvets. Expect a hint of shock, a healthy peppering of amazement and a liberal dash of profound enlightenment as we take you through the Life of Lou as you've never seen it before
Jon and Howard are both brilliant talkers as well as great writers. We will, of course, be recording both interviews to put out as Word Podcasts at a later, date, but if you want to be sure you don't miss anything that might end up on the cutting room floor you can book your tickets here and now.
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Word In Your Ear
Word In Your Ear evenings are put together by Word Magazine veterans David Hepworth and Alex Gold, and seek to provide something over and above the usual night of live music in a pub.