An Evening with David Hepworth: podcast and photos


It was our great pleasure to welcome David Hepworth as our guest on April 19th. Gavin Hogg was our host with the most, and steered David through a range of topics relating to his books, Whistle Test, Live Aid and of course Smash Hits. Add to that the Q&A (Benny Hill, Top Of The Pops and Van Morrison all got a look in there) plus a few records, it was a very entertaining evening. David was even presented a record from Beany by the Hepworth Band, a platter we’re sure he’ll treasure from this day forth (see David’s tweet about it below).

A big thank you to Lyn (door and photos) and to Steve (book stall and roadie) for their invaluable assistance on the night. If you want to find out more about George Street Community Bookshop and maybe even get involved, check out their Facebook page.

Stream the talk here, click the player below or download (minus music) here.

We’ll be back on Thursday 10th May for a session dedicated to 2 Tone Records with John Walmsley. Details soon.

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UPDATE: Our online ticket allocation for this event has now sold out. We have just two tickets left that will be available on the door on the night. Please get in touch if you would like to reserve them. THIS IS A TICKET ONLY EVENT. Thank you.

On Thursday 19th April, we welcome veteran writer and broadcaster David Hepworth to Glossop Record Club to discuss his best-selling books ‘Uncommon People‘ and ‘1971: Never A Dull Moment‘ and his lengthy career as a music journalist, magazine editor and publisher with our host Gavin Hogg. We’ll play a few records relating to the books along the way as well as the chance to ask David your own questions.

If you’ve picked up a British music magazine in the last 40 years, you’ll have encountered David’s work. From the early days of Smash Hits, to founding Q, Mojo and The Word, he’s been an ever-present figure in some of the most successful and influential music magazines.


Photo courtesy of wholehoggblog

As a presenter, he fronted Whistle Test in its final few years alongside fellow music journalist Mark Ellen and was also part of the presentation team for Live Aid in 1985. Along with Mark, he’s also the host of the excellent A Word In Your Ear podcast, where he discusses music books with their authors.

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Thursday 19th April from 8pm
Glossop Labour Club, Chapel Street, Glossop, SK13 8AT
Admission: £3

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July’s Record Club: SUMMER OF ’85


Who needs a DeLorean when we can use the power of vinyl to transport us back to the glory days of ’85? Glossop Record Club returns on Thursday 9th July, landing smack bang in the middle of the ’80s to celebrate the SUMMER OF ’85. It’ll also be just a few days short of the 30th anniversary of Live Aid.

So, what music were you listening to back then? What records did you buy?

Using a genuine 1985 Sharp music center (my Christmas present that year I’ll have you know), we’ll be making a collective compilation tape. So get digging through your records and bring along any from our chosen year that you wish to share, or choose one from the box of records that’ll be on hand. There’s a blank C90 just waiting to be filled!

Our full album will be revealed on the night. But here’s a clue… It was the first album to sell a million on CD, so this is our chance to claim it back and thumb our noses at an industry that told us records were rubbish. Ya boo sucks.

If you need any help in being reminded about the musical goings-on of 1985, this brilliant Smash Hits archive is a good place to start. Or if the music weeklies were more your thing, check these ‘end of year’ lists from NME and Melody Maker.

Looking back, it seems to me that pop music was still credible and wide-ranging, but was the last time it would be. The likes of The Cult, Madonna, Killing Joke, Scritti Politti, Fine Young Cannibals, Prince, The Cure, Tears For Fears, Depeche Mode and Eurythmics rubbed shoulders in the Top 40 and on Top Of The Pops. That’s just how it was.


And where were you when it was Live Aid? I watched it all on a portable black and white TV in my bedroom, perched next to the hi-fi, taping pretty much the whole lot on successive C90s until I fell asleep at around 2am (during Duran Duran’s set). I’ve still never seen or heard all of that last couple of hours, but I played those cassettes endlessly in the weeks and months that followed. If you’re lucky, I may play a few snippets on the night.


Hopefully that should be enough to get your memory going.

So, bring your records, bring mementos and memorabillia and share your stories and music of 1985. And if you’re feeling really brave, bring along a photo of yourself from 1985 to complete the picture! To show willing, here’s my school photo from that year.


We’ll draw the line at fancy dress though.

See you there.

Thursday 9th July, 8-11pm
Glossop Labour Club, Chapel Street, Glossop, SK13 8AT

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