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David Hepworth

David Hepworth

David Hepworth has been writing about and broadcasting about music since the 1970s. He started contributing to NME in 1975 and later wrote for Sounds. He joined Smash Hits soon after its launch in 1979 and was editor from 1980 to 1983 after which he became Editorial Director of EMAP Metro in which capacity he supervised the launches of many magazines including Q, Mojo and Empire. He was one of the presenters of BBC Television's Whistle Test in the early '80s and one of the anchors of the Corporation's coverage of Live Aid. He was one of the principals of the independent publishing company Development Hell, which published The Word and MixMag. His two books, 1971: Never A Dull Moment and Uncommon People: The Rise and Fall of the Rock Stars, were both Sunday Times bestsellers.

 

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Joan Armatrading: Joan Armatrading (A&M)

Review by David Hepworth, New Musical Express, 7 August 1976

Joan puts on her sailin' shoes ...

Joan Armatrading, Moon: Hammersmith Odeon, London

Live Review by David Hepworth, New Musical Express, 2 October 1976

MOON GET better weekly. Disciplined, tight, colourful but most important eager to please. They got an encore. Between their leaving the stage and Joan Armatrading ...

The Clash: Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?

Interview by David Hepworth, Smash Hits, 25 December 1980

Joe Strummer don't. Neither do The Clash. They just wanna make triple albums. David Hepworth raps (ouch!) ...

The Coasters, The Drifters, Ben E. King, Big Mama Thornton: Jerry Leiber, 1933-2011

Obituary by David Hepworth, Word, The, October 2011

The man who made "15-minute radio plays" into hits. ...

Elvis Costello: One Itchy trigger

Profile by David Hepworth, Smash Hits, 22 February 1979

ELVIS COSTELLO likes to keep his past a mystery. This attitude has led fact-starved journalists to guess that he was once everything from an escaped ...

The Cramps: Lux Interior, 1946-2009

Obituary by David Hepworth, Word, The, April 2009

SOMETIME IN THE mid-'70s, Erick Purkhiser of Stow, Ohio, exchanged his given name for words he found in an automobile catalogue. ...

Nick Drake: Robert Kirby, 1948-2009

Obituary by David Hepworth, Word, The, December 2009

THE SPARSENESS of the three albums Nick Drake released in his lifetime are part of their enduring appeal. On two of those albums, string arrangements ...

Ian Dury is an Xmas Cake (Relax, it's a compliment)

Profile by David Hepworth, Smash Hits, 8 February 1979

1979 is still only a few weeks old, and already the No. 1 singles slot has been occupied first by a buncha camp New Yorkers ...

Ian Dury, Wilko Johnson: Ian Dury & Wilko Johnson: The Odd Couple

Interview by David Hepworth, Smash Hits, 4 September 1980

The Class of '73 holds a reunion. David Hepworth takes the roll call. ...

Earth, Wind & Fire: Earth Wind & Fire: Wembley Arena, London

Live Review by David Hepworth, Smash Hits, 1 April 1982

OVER THE TOP WITH EARTH WIND & FIRE AT WEMBLEY ARENA OUR MAN IN BLOCK E: DAVID HEPWORTH ...

Brian Eno, Talking Heads: Byrne's Eye Vew

Interview by David Hepworth, Smash Hits, 5 March 1981

Talking Heads is TV slang for people whose legs you never see. It's also the name of one of the finest groups in the world. ...

Marianne Faithfull: As Years Go By

Interview by David Hepworth, Smash Hits, 29 November 1979

David Hepworth recites the ballad of Marianne Faithfull ...

Generation X: Just A Pretty Buncha Posers? Or is there more to Generation X?

Profile by David Hepworth, Smash Hits, 22 February 1979

MOST BANDS would waste no time in setting the dogs on you if you dared call them posers. Generation X, on the other hand, have ...

Emmylou Harris: "How do you get to Carnegie Hall?"

Profile and Interview by David Hepworth, Word, The, December 2003

For Emmylou Harris it was more than just "practice". She started out playing four shows a night six nights a week, became the "chick singer" ...

Whitney Houston, 1963-2012

Obituary by David Hepworth, Word, The, April 2012

IN SEPTEMBER 2009, Whitney Houston performed in Central Park for the TV show Good Morning America. ...

The Human League: Very Ordinary People With Very Odd Tastes

Profile and Interview by David Hepworth, Smash Hits, 10 July 1980

THE HUMAN League are different. Yes, I know that's the fanfare that's trotted out to greet the arrival of every other new act these days ...

The Jam: Talking 'Bout My Generation: The Jam

Interview by David Hepworth, Smash Hits, 6 September 1979

IT'S AUGUST 1979 and this is The Modern World. The Who are back in action for the first time in years, their films are on ...

Jonsi: Go (Parlophone)

Review by David Hepworth, Word, The, July 2010

HEY, THIS IS a first. I'm reviewing this record on an InterCity train. I've accessed it via Spotify and been able to put it — ...

Linx

Profile and Interview by David Hepworth, Smash Hits, 19 March 1981

DAVID GRANT, singer, songwriter, ritzy dancer and one half of the pair of young blades who spearhead Linx, has a saying. "This is show business. ...

Little Feat: 40 Feat – The Hot Tomato Anthology 1971-2011

Review by David Hepworth, Word, The, October 2011

Five years of inspiration and another 35 of re-creation in a box of Little Feat, the band that nearly became the next big thing. ...

Madness: They Call It Madness

Profile and Interview by David Hepworth, Smash Hits, 29 November 1979

Dr. Hepworth dons a white coat and investigates... ...

The Mekons: Hope & Anchor, London

Live Review by David Hepworth, Sounds, 27 January 1979

THE HOPE and Anchor is stuffed. If you're aiming to pour one more leather jacket into this crypt, you'd be wise to have remembered the ...

New Musik: The Appliance of Science

Interview by David Hepworth, Smash Hits, 7 August 1980

Knee deep in keyboards and cables, Tony Mansfield makes New Musik. Tape Op: D. Hepworth ...

The Police: Police Profile: Andy Summers

Interview by David Hepworth, Smash Hits, 20 March 1980

Fifteen years in Rock 'n' Roll. Is it just a passing phase? David Hepworth thinks not. ...

The Police: Police Profile: More STING

Interview by David Hepworth, Smash Hits, 21 February 1980

In the second instalment of our four part Police Profile, Sting talks to David Hepworth about fans, fame and the future. ...

The Police: Police Profile: Stewart Copeland

Interview by David Hepworth, Smash Hits, 3 April 1980

The man who formed The Police stresses the importance of faith and gestures a lot. David Hepworth sits still and listens. ...

The Police: Police Profile: Sting

Interview by David Hepworth, Smash Hits, 7 February 1980

In the first instalment of a four part close-up on the band of the moment, the man with the voice talks to David Hepworth about ...

The Ramones: Wanchewfreefor!!!

Interview by David Hepworth, Smash Hits, 7 February 1980

David Hepworth catches up with Da Ramones, y'know? ...

Ron Sexsmith: Other Songs (Universal IND90123)

Review by David Hepworth, Q, July 1997

Ron Sexsmith: a case of, if it ain't broke, don't fix it. ...

Patti Smith: Outside Society – Greatest Hits

Review by David Hepworth, Word, The, September 2011

Patti Smith wouldn't thank you for calling her a pop star. In fact, there's no higher praise — as this compilation attests. ...

The Specials: Today Coventry, Tomorrow — Coventry

Interview by David Hepworth, Smash Hits, 29 May 1980

Terry Hall treats David Hepworth to a short course in TwoTonics and explains how to keep out of the Rat Race. ...

Donna Summer, 1948-2012

Obituary by David Hepworth, Word, The, July 2012

AT A TIME when pop music seems to be dominated by solo female artists, it's hard to imagine that they were once a relative rarity. ...

The Undertones: Smash Hits Dept. of Gritty Realism presents: If This Is Tuesday, It Must Be Blackburn

Report by David Hepworth, Smash Hits, 15 November 1979

David Hepworth goes on the road with THE UNDERTONES ...

Tom Waits: Small Change (Asylum, Import)

Review by David Hepworth, New Musical Express, 20 November 1976

Waits refuses to face his critics (to his lasting credit...) ...

The Who: Sell Out: Deluxe Edition (Polydor)

Review by David Hepworth, Word, The, April 2009

The Who Sell Out was muddled enough with all those fake ads getting in the way. It's certainly not made "deluxe" by such additions as ...

XTC: The Great Rock'n'Roll Swindon

Interview by David Hepworth, Smash Hits, 1 November 1979

The only notes that count are the ones that come from Wilts. David Hepworth meets XTC. ...

Neil Young: On The Beach/American Stars 'N Bars/Hawks & Doves/Re•ac•tor

Review by David Hepworth, Word, The, August 2003

I SPOKE TO Neil Young in 1992, when one of his riffs was the shortcomings of digital sound. "You ever sit down with a CD ...

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Jimmy Savile: Young girls were just another victim of the rock'n'roll years

Comment by David Hepworth, Independent, The, 2 October 2012

THE MUSIC INDUSTRY has always been awash with salacious rumours about the sexual tastes of its more prominent figures, particularly when they look as though ...

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