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Paul Du Noyer In the Cities: Celebrating the popular music of Liverpool and London

October 27, 2009


I WILL be in conversation with acclaimed music writer, magazine editor, author and all round good egg Paul Du Noyer at a public event for Liverpool Hope University’s small but perfectly formed Cornerstone Festival on Thursday, November 26.
Paul’s most recent book,
‘In the City’, a history of London’s popular music has addressed, among other themes, the intrinsic nature of storytelling to the songs of England’s capital city through the centuries. It’s a fascinating read and one everyone interested in music should delve into.
His best selling history of Liverpool music,
‘Wondrous Place’, which charted Merseyside music (in its first edition) from the Cavern scene to the dance super club Cream, is one of the most rewarding reads in music journalism’s canon and one of GM’s Top 10 books of all time.
I will be asking Paul, Hope’s visiting fellow in journalism, to compare, nay, juxtapose, the popular songs of Liverpool with those of London and tease out the reasons why both cities’ musics emerged in the way that they have.
Below is a brilliant interview done with Paul’s long-time colleague and friend
David Hepworth, one of the founding partners of the wonderfully refreshing The Word magazine.
If you enjoy this interview, then the Cornerstone Festival event will take it to, what the ‘kids’ describe as, another level.
We’d have loved, in the way of modern music magazines, to hand out a free CD, but due to copyright you’ll probably have to make do with a collaborative Spotify playlist closer to the time.

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