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Thursday, February 14 • 12:30 - 13:30
The Art of Rock Biography: Barney Hoskyns & Matt Thorne

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Speaker: Interviewer: Audun Vinger
We have invited Barney Hoskyns and Matt Thorne, two renowned music writers and biographers, to discuss their recent work and the art of writing about music.
Presented by Vinduet magazine.
Barney Hoskyns is a veteran UK music journalist and the author of several classic music histories and biographies, including his love letters to the West Coast, “Waiting For The Sun” and “Hotel California”, “Across The Great Divide: The Band”, and “Lowside of the Road: Tom Waits”. He’s just published “Trampled Under Foot”, a magisterial oral history of Led Zeppelin. In the early 2000s he set up rocksbackpages.com, an online library of collected music journalism from a massive range of UK and US publications, dating back to the dawn of pop to the present day – the first of its kind, and an invaluable resource for journalists, researchers and music fans. His writing has appeared in dozens of UK and US magazine and newspapers (NME, Melody Maker, Mojo, Uncut, Harpers Bazaar, Rolling Stone, etc), and he regularly appears on British TV and radio as a cultural commentator.
As an English novelist, Matt Thorne has several books to his name including “Tourist”, “Eight Minutes Idle”, “Cherry”, and the children’s series “39 Castles”. He caused a stir in 2000 when he proposed a new literary movement, the New Puritans, based on a Dogme-style manifesto. His most recent book is a new biography of Prince, a massive survey of the man and his music, delving especially deeply into the ‘unheard Prince’ of bootlegs, sensational live appearances and alternative albums that never made it. He’ll be talking about the years of research and listening that went into the book, and the difficulties of pinning down such a mercurial figure as the purple one.


Thursday February 14, 2013 12:30pm - 13:30 CET

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