Last few tickets for Tuesday: rubbing shoulders with Beatles, Stones, Jim, Jimi & Janis

Still a few tickets left for Tuesday’s Word In Your Ear at The Islington where Mark Ellen and David Hepworth will be talking to two pioneers of music journalism in the 1960s.

Norman Jopling was in at the birth of the British pop press, writing the features “Meet The Beatles” for the Record Mirror in 1962 and then, three years later, hanging out with them on the set of “Help!” when they were the biggest thing the world had ever seen. His book “Shake It Up Baby!” is a unique scrapbook from the days of package tours and “modernists”. He goes to Roger Daltrey’s new flat in Maida Vale and is told “I can’t see The Who lasting longer than three years”. He goes to see The Who and Jimi Hendrix at the Saville Theatre and finds it a bit dull. He wears a lot of sharp suits, drinks a lot of vodka and Dubonnet and sees a lot of things nobody will see again.

Richard Goldstein wrote the “Pop Eye” column for the Village Voice at the dawning of psychedelia and therefore can call himself the world’s first rock critic. His book “Another Little Piece Of My Heart” is a vivid memoir of “a life of rock and revolution in the ’60s”, which includes close encounters with Jim Morrison, Janis Joplin, The Rolling Stones, the Grateful Dead, Bob Dylan, Jimi Hendrix and many others we will not see the like of again.

Instead of sitting around waiting for the music press to come back, come and hear how it was in its glory days from two living witnesses. This promises to be an unparalleled evening of insight and anecdote.

Usual drill. Starts at 7:30 and will be over by nine. Last few tickets here.


Final few tickets on sale for our special Fairport Convention and Sandy Denny evening

David Hepworth says:

This is a unique opportunity to hear all about Sandy Denny from Mick Houghton, the author of the excellent biography I’ve Always Kept A Unicorn, and Fairport Convention, the group she sang for, from Ashley Hutchings, who founded the group in 1967, and Simon Nicol, who’s still with them today as they release their latest album Myths & Heroes.

The three of them will be talking to David and Mark Ellen and signing afterwards. And please note, this Word In Your Ear will be in the Slaughtered Lamb. In every other respect it’s the usual deal. We’ll be putting it out as a podcast afterwards but if you want to make sure you don’t miss anything you have to be there on the night.

Last few tickets here.




The Bobcast is now online

Our special Bob Dylan Podcast, recorded live at The Islington early this month and featuring Sid Griffin, Barb Jungr, Mark Ellen and David Hepworth, is now online and available to listen to.

Download it here: http://feeds2.feedburner.com/WordPodcast


Word In Your Ear Returns

We’re back, albeit belatedly, for 2014 with two shows that build on our reputation for bringing together music and speech to make a unique London night out.

On March 28th we proudly present an evening of close-quarters music and book talk featuring Ben Watt and winsome country duettists My Darling Clementine at the Slaughtered Lamb.

Ben will be talking to David Hepworth about Romany & Tom, his acclaimed new book about his musician parents. He describes it as “a true story of the post-war years, ambition and stardom, family roots  and secrets, life in clubs and care homes. It’s also about who we are, where we come from and how we love and live with each other for a very long time”.

You can order it here or wait until the night when Ben will be signing copies.

My Darling Clementine, who have triumphed at Word In Your Ear in the past with their full band, will perform a special acoustic set as the band’s core duo of Michael Weston-King and Lou Dalgleish, featuring songs from their album The Reconciliation?. Selections from further afield that Michael and Lou have played in recent weeks include material by Gram Parsons, the Everly Brothers and Pete Seeger so you never know what else you might get.

This is an opportunity to enjoy some entertainment and education in a unique, spontaneous, never-to-be-repeated form, this time in the womb-like comfort of the downstairs lounge at the Slaughtered Lamb in historic Clerkenwell.

Tickets available here. We look forward to seeing you there.

We’re further delighted to announce that Mark Ellen‘s memoir Rock Stars Stole My Life will be published on May 12th and he’ll be talking to David Hepworth about it that very night, also at the Slaughtered Lamb. Tickets will be going on sale in due course but meanwhile save the date.


We WIYEsh you a Merry Christmas

Now’s the time to book your tickets for our very special seasonal Word In Your Ear show at The Lexington on December 1st.

We’ll be opening our Advent Calendar on that evening with Pugwash, the Thomas Walsh-fronted ensemble from Ireland who form part of the massively popular Duckworth Lewis Method, and Dream Themes, the Rhodri Marsden-led Scritti Politti spin-off who specialise in live versions of such powerful nostalgia triggers as the themes from Grange Hill and Ski Sunday.

The show will be hosted by David Hepworth and will feature well-chosen seasonal selections in both recorded and live forms. Tickets are on sale now. You can buy two for £25 and four for £45.

Sicne this is on a Sunday it’s an ideal opportunity for people who’ve been unable to get to any of our weekday shows in the past to come and sample the unique atmosphere that is Word In Your Ear.

* Christmas music!

* Seasonal bonhomie!

* A rare opportunity for weekenders in the capital to enjoy the WIYE experience!

* A snip at £25 for two people!

* Something will happen that you won’t want to miss!

* The spirit of the Idle Race will be in the room!

* Come on down and see old friends!

Tickets here.

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Bloke bringing world’s biggest 45s to next WIYE

In addition to the chap hop stylings of Mr B the Gentleman Rhymer, as well as world Beatles authority Mark Lewisohn, further to DJ, author and musician Bob Stanley, we’re delighted to be joined at The Old Queen’s Head on October 9th by Morgan Howell (below), the man whose Supersize Art paintings of legendary 45s have been exhibited in Mayfair as well as above the mantlepiece of some of the biggest noises in the music business.


Read about Morgan’s amazing pictures here but to appreciate them you need to see them up close. Order your tickets for a unique evening’s entertainment here


Darling BOY added to our Lord’s bill

Those of you who attended our Divine Comedy show when The Word Magazine was alive may remember a group called The Wutars. Considerably younger than a good deal of the people in the room, their musical reference points were nevertheless the same and they caused quite a stir among members of the Massive that night with their exhuberant and highly entertaining performance.

I was the lead singer in The Wutars and since the band’s demise, have ‘gone out’, as they say, as Darling BOY. Described by Mark Ellen as “stopping at all the best stations between The Small Faces and Oasis”, and lauded by Andy Partridge and Alan McGee among other stately figures of the music industry – including DLM’s very own Thomas Walsh and Tosh Flood – dB has taken me across Europe and to South America since its inception last year, and I am very pleased indeed to be providing support for The Duckworth Lewis Method with my excellent band, which on this occasion will include Andy Partridge’s daughter Holly. I hope you enjoy our performance.

Here’s Darling BOY’s latest video: