Newham Bookshop logo 1978-2018

Monday 18 June at 7 pm at Conway Hall

Shore 2 Shore

Shore 2 Shore

with

Carol Ann Duffy

Gillian Clarke, Imtiaz Dharker, Jackie Kay and Maura Dooley, with music by John Sampson

An evening of readings by some of the
finest poets at work today. More details…

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Newham Bookshop celebrates
40 years’ trading, 1978-2018

Young Palestianians Speak

Friday 11 May at 6.30 pm
at Hamilton House,
London WC1H 9BD

Writing from
the frontline

Michael Rosen, Anthony Robinson, Annemarie Young, Beverley Naidoo and Elizabeth Laird

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Wednesday 2 May at 7.30 pm
at The Wanstead Tap


Uncommon People
Uncommon People
is published in paperback
by Bantam at £9.99 on 5 April.

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David Hepworth

David Hepworth
Uncommon People

The Rise and Fall of the Rock Stars 1955-1994

The age of the rock star, like the age of the cowboy, has passed. Like the cowboy, the idea of the rock star lives on in our imaginations.

What did we see in them? Swagger. Recklessness. Sexual charisma. Damn-the-torpedoes self-belief. A certain way of carrying themselves. Good hair. Interesting shoes. Talent we wished we had.

What did we want of them? To be larger than life but also like us. To live out their songs. To stay young forever. No wonder many didn’t stay the course.

In Uncommon People, David Hepworth zeroes in on defining moments and turning points in the lives of forty rock stars from 1955 to 1995, taking us on a journey to burst a hundred myths and create a hundred more.

As this tribe of uniquely motivated nobodies went about turning themselves into the ultimate somebodies, they also shaped us, our real lives and our fantasies. Uncommon People isn’t just their story. It’s ours as well.

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 and blogging.

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.”