A recording of a recent two-day conference on UK music journalism will be broadcast on Resonance FM on Monday 25 May
A recording of a recent two-day conference on UK music journalism will be broadcast on Resonance FM on Monday 25 May. Organised by Wire writer Mark Sinker, Underground/Overground: The Changing Politics Of UK Music Writing 1968–85 took place at Birkbeck, University of London, on 15-16 May. It has been edited into a 10-hour programme that will run from 10am–8pm. The conference featured presentations and panel discussions from writers including Paul Gilroy, Barney Hoskyns, Cynthia Rose, Charles Shaar Murray and The Wire's Edwin Pouncey. The broadcast is part of a fundraising drive to help finance a book of the conference, to be published by Strange Attractor Press.
Sinker picks out some conference highlights: "I was delighted with the whole conference – both days were full of strong and curious material which will repay close listening. The panel where Val Wilmer was interviewed by her old colleague Richard Williams (at very short notice, as David Toop was unwell) is a joy from start to finish. The panel in which Cynthia Rose, Tony Stewart and Beverley Glick discussed the practicalities and office politics of putting out a music weekly I’m particularly proud of, as a glimpse into the day-to-day backroom stuff you rarely get at such events. And the discussion on the second day, between Simon Frith, Paul Gilroy, Penny Reel and Rose again — about who the 1970s music press served and who gets left out of the story — I think was also extremely valuable."