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Mark Sinker (and guests): A Hidden Landscape Once A Week
March 26 - 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Mark Sinker has been writing and editing since the 1980s, contributing to publications as famous and diverse as NME, The Wire, Sight and Sound, and Crafts. His new anthology of conversations and essays, memories and commentary delves deep into the heyday of British pop music writing.
From the 1960s to the 1980s, the UK music press was the forging ground for a new critical culture, where readers could encounter anything from comics and cult films to new musical forms and radical underground politics. It created an off-mainstream collective cultural commons improvised through a networked subculture of rival weeklies, monthlies, and fanzines, including such titles as NME, Melody Maker, Sounds , Record Mirror, Black Echoes, Black Music, Let It Rock, Street Life, Zigzag, and Smash Hits.
The writing in A Hidden Landscape Once A Week: The Unruly Curiosity of the UK Music Press in the 1960s-80s, in the words of Those Who Were There explores how this uncharted space first came about, who put it together, what it achieved, and where it went. Along the way, it unearths the many surprising worlds explored by this network of young anarchists, dreamers and agitators who dared to take pop culture seriously – and considers what remains of their critical legacy.
Join Mark for a relaxed evening in the Crypt at the Louis Marchesi pub as he chats to both Matt Worley (Professor of Modern History at the University of Reading who teaches a ‘special’ third year module called ‘Anarchy in the UK: Punk, Politics and Youth Culture, 1976-84’!) and Charles Shaar Murray, legendary English music journalist, broadcaster, and writer (who’s done pieces for Q magazine, Mojo, New Statesman, The Guardian, The Daily Telegraph, Vogue, The Independent and Guitarist).
In the Crypt at the Louis Marchesi pub.