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David Hepworth

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David Hepworth – Abbey Road: The Inside Story of the World’s Most Famous Recording Studio 

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David Hepworth – Bantam Press – £25 The world has many holy places – Mecca, the Western Wall in Jerusalem, the Golden Temple at Amritsar, the Wetherspoons on King St in Hammersmith – but for some of us these are all trumped by Number 3 Abbey Rd in St John’s Wood. EMI’s Abbey Road recording studios. Even today musicians and bands – good bands – are sometimes intimidated by the sheer history of the place. To stand where the Beatles stood and sing where the Beatles sang is to feel the shadow of genius. And you might also rate Elgar, Noel Coward and Jacqueline du Pre. Not to mention Bernard … Continue reading →


22 Oct 2022

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David Hepworth on Abbey Road

The Hatchards Podcast

On the latest episode of The Hatchards Podcast, Ryan and Matt make their (triumphant?) return to interview the illustrious music journalist David Hepworth on the occasion of the release of his new book, "Abbey Road: The Inside Story of the World's Most Famous Recording Studio."Many people will recognise the famous zebra crossing. Some visitors may have graffitied their name on its hallowed outer walls. Others might even have managed to penetrate the iron gates. But what draws in these thousands of fans here, year after year? What is it that really happens behind the doors of the most celebrated recording studio in the world? It may have begun life as an affluent suburban house, but it soon became a creative hub renowned around the world as a place where great music, ground-breaking sounds and unforgettable tunes were forged - nothing less than a witness to, and a key participant in, the history of popular music itself. What has been going on there for over ninety years has called for skills that are musical, creative, technical, mechanical, interpersonal, logistical, managerial, chemical and, romantics might be tempted to add, close to magic.David spoke to us about The Beatles' creative relationship with the studio, how its engineers defined the sound of pop music for a generation, and why Ryan is wrong about the legacy of David Bowie.


11 Oct 2022

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David Hepworth - ’Abbey Road’

Beatles Books

My returning guest for this episode is David Hepworth - who joins me to discuss his new book 'Abbey Road - The Inside Story of the World's Most Famous Recording Studio'. Many people will recognise the famous zebra crossing. Some visitors may have graffitied their name on its hallowed outer walls. Others might even have managed to penetrate the iron gates. But what draws in these thousands of fans here, year after year? What is it that really happens behind the doors of the most celebrated recording studio in the world?


7 Oct 2022

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Episode 96: Thom Yorke's Smile; Graham makes Danish news; David Hepworth's rise and fall of rock'n'roll; Demystifying the York Mystery Plays

Two Big Egos in a Small Car

Graham encounters Radiohead offshoot The Smile's debut album with Sons Of Kemet jazz drummer Tom Skinner, then discusses his Danish and Russian journalistic encounters. Is Q magazine co-founder David Hepworth's book Uncommon People: The Rise And Fall Of The Rock Stars 1955-1994 just too negative? Charles tests Graham's knowledge of the York Mystery Plays as they take to the streets again. 


4 Jul 2022

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Bonus Episode - Me, Mark Ellen, and David Hepworth

Dog Eared and Foxed

As I'm a Patreon supporter of Mark Ellen and David Hepworth's Word In Your Attic podcast/YouTube channel (https://www.youtube.com/c/WordInYourEar), I got to have a chat with them on my birthday, and this is the audio of that chat. Loses a couple of things as audio-only, but at least you don't have to look at me. It was a hoot, my thanks to Mark, David, and Alex.


29 Mar 2022

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David Hepworth - ‘Overpaid, Oversexed and Over There‘

Beatles Books

I'm joined today by one of British music journalism's most famous voices, David Hepworth, to discuss his new book 'Overpaid, Oversexed and Over There - How a Few Skinny Brits With Bad Teeth Rocked America'. David has been writing about music since the 1970's, and was involved in the launches of Smash Hits, Q and The Word Magazine. He is also one half of the Word in Your Ear podcast. His book looks at the British Invasion of 1964 - how did this happen? What made America embrace The Beatles so fully? How did the cultural conversation between the two nations change of the past 50 years?


10 Sep 2021

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Music on my Mind - David Hepworth

Music on my Mind

For our fifth podcast we were pleased to be joined by author and broadcaster David Hepworth. We chat about his new book (‘Overpaid, Oversexed and Over There’), his popular Word in Your Ear podcasts and videocasts, the ways technology has shaped the way we consume and identify with music (“We’ve all got the same record collection nowadays”) and the perils of buying records after the pub.With the recently launched Apple TV+ series ‘1971: The Year That Music Changed Everything’ – based on David’s acclaimed book, we also discuss some of the exceptional albums that were released that year, the pleasures of digging out old records during lockdown and how “popular music is all about hair when you come down to it”.To accompany the show, we have compiled this exclusive playlist for your enjoyment - https://open.spotify.com/playlist/24asohBbyyaYWRzzuJEUcJ?si=fc772575e6f541acwww.davidhepworth.comWord In You Ear www.wiyelondon.comDavid’s biog:David comes from Yorkshire and worked in a London record shop in the 70s. At the same time he started writing for music papers. After a year with an independent record company he started writing and editing full-time. He joined Smash Hits in 1979, not long after it launched, and became the editor. He 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 he was also broadcasting for the BBC. During the Live Aid concert of 1985 he was sworn at by Bob Geldof in front of what was then the world's largest TV audience, an incident which has now turned up in Britain's favourite film. He writes about radio and podcasting for the Radio Times, blogs here and podcasts there. His books "1971: Never A Dull Moment", "Uncommon People: The Rise and Fall of the Rock Stars" and "A Fabulous Creation" are all Sunday Times best-sellers.


24 Jun 2021

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Bobby Charles, Bob Weir & Family with David Hepworth and Mark Ellen

You're Not On The List

Guests David Hepworth and Mark Ellen join host Jim Irvin to share some unsung albums they love. The records in this episode are: Bobby Charles : Bobby Charles (1972), Ace : Bob Weir (1972) and Bandstand : Family (1972). This is an extended bumper summer special featuring an in-episode round of Dave and Mark's ever popular Stackwaddy game. A daring 1971 Special. Can you guess which is a genuine 1971 release and which is a Wednesday Play broadcast that same year? Topics discussed include: How ugly were the Stones?, which cover stars do and don't shift music magazines, the monochrome perfection of Hard Day's Night and the title song's sonic surprise, Little Feat's unending Sunday matinee at The Rainbow, and how to get into the Grateful Dead, A playlist accompanying this episode, is available on Spotify. Search for You're Not On the List - Episode 3. Check out Jim Irvin's other show, Here's One I Made Earlier, in which musical creators discuss a key work in the repertoire: https://www.jimirvin.com/podcast-2 Please like or comment wherever you get your podcasts or leave a voice message here: https://anchor.fm/james-irvin5/message

1hr 26mins

16 Jun 2021

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250th EDITION! Mark Ellen and David Hepworth of A Word In Your Ear join us


Crossover Episode! Our old bosses MARK ELLEN and DAVID HEPWORTH of A Word In Your Ear, Smash Hits, Q and Mojo fame join Siân and Andrew to mark our quarter century. On the agenda: the glory days of the Hits and why the music biz didn’t know how much it would miss the pop mags. “PAUL WELDER”’s new album. The Incredible String Band, Half Man Half Biscuit, Girl Band, Fargo on C4 and that BBC Mitford thing. Van Morrison’s harmonica redux. And “much, much more”! Thanks to everyone who’s backed us and been on the podcast so far. It’s been a blast. Here’s to the next 250…www.patreon.com/BigmouthPodcasthttp://wordpodcast.co.ukProduced and presented by Siân Pattenden and Andrew Harrison. Audio production by Alex Rees. Bigmouth is a Podmasters production.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

1hr 15mins

15 May 2021

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S2E3 WGA with David Hepworth

What Goes Around?

Hello again! This week its all Smash Hits and sex tips from Just Seventeen as legendary music journalist David Hepworth joins us. David presented The Old Grey Whistle Test, hosted Live Aid, edIted Smash Hits, Mojo, Q Magazine and wrote for the NME and Melody Maker. He is therefore responsible for 75% of everything we know. David shares his Phonographic Memories with us and we couldn't be happier about it. Before that though a trip to A&E where Anne demands Eamon watches more movies if he wants to continue to be her friend. Eamon tries to look on the bright side as science wins, nature returns and gigs resume. Anne then has another bone to pick about Eamon transmitting ear worms and asks how to rid yourself of an unwanted mental soundtrack.Due to our conversation about ear worms this weeks playlist may destroy you.Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/playlist/0ClNVurZXir0sguRb3XwWH?si=205ac51860214b3eThere is also a You:Tube version:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zaROawBa7Q0&list=PLPPl5xM2fbUqMB10Cv80PfxSGyjcsDlEHDavid Hepworth hosts a brilliant video podcast called 'A word in your ear' with Mark Ellenhttps://youtu.be/qXm4DyPPwI0CONTACT US:WHATGOESPOD@GMAIL.COMTwitter - @WHATGOESPODInstagram - @WHATGOESPODFacebook - https://www.facebook.com/WhatGoesPod/ *BIG UP THE LIKERS RETWEETERS & SHARERS* See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

1hr 21mins

7 Apr 2021