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Upcoming Events – Rock ‘n’ Roll Disasters & What They Taught Me…[Postponed] – MusicTank
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Rock ‘n’ Roll Disasters & What They Taught Me…[Postponed]

8th November 2016 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Venue: Fyvie Hall, University of Westminster

wiye-logoAutumn 2016 heralds a new strand of events for MusicTank, which sees us partnering with Word in Your Ear, the brainchild of Word Magazine veterans, David Hepworth and Alex Gold.

Chaired by fellow Word Magazine alumni and one of the UK’s leading music industry writers Eamonn Forde, over the next 12-months we will put a different sector of the music biz under the spotlight in a unique and humorous way that puts ‘learning from mistakes’ centre-stage.

EVENT POSTPONED – due to the sudden indisposition of one of our speakers we are sorry to announce that we will be postponing this event. New date tbc. Any questions please contact us.

Rock ‘n’ Roll has a very particular take on disasters. Apart from The Bee Gees’ New York Mining Disaster 1941 (it was about a mining disaster in New York in 1941), most disasters tend to be related to heartbreak. The rest of the time, they’re singing about how great they are, how rich they are and how good they are at fighting. Maybe.

But the world of music is quietly awash with disasters. From pop stars losing it in an explosion of narcotics and ego to record label heads betting the farm on a terrible band that costs them their job and closes the company. Not to mention the clothing choices and hairstyles. There’s a lot of meat to chew on here…

History, the cliché goes, is written by winners. But what of the losers? Who will tell their story? Instead of blowing their own trumpets, the speakers at this event will, in unflinching detail, go through the biggest mistakes they have made or have witnessed first-hand and what, when the dust settled, they learned from it all.

Sylvia Patterson has been writing about pop music and the glorious fools who make it since the 1980s for just about every magazine you can think of. Her recent memoirs, I’m Not With The Band, are a delirious romp through the glory days of the music press, unafraid to burst the rampant egos of pop stars (and break her own arm) along the way. She is, by some considerable distance, the funniest writer on music in the world (and beyond!).

John Doran is co-funder of The Quietus and has been writing about music for many publications and for just as many years, often focusing on the experimental, the nonconformist and the overlooked. His own memoirs, Jolly Boy, are a dark but gripping account of his own substance and alcohol issues while trying to hold down a career writing about musicians who often glorified the very things he was grappling with.

Zoë Howe is a music writer and musician whose books include the novel Shine On, Marquee Moon, shortlisted for the Virginia Prize for Fiction 2016, Typical Girls? The Story Of The Slits; Stevie Nicks – Visions, Dreams & Rumours; Florence + The Machine – An Almighty Sound and ‘How’s Your Dad?’ Living In The Shadow Of A Rock Star Parent.

Join us on Tues. 8th November for an evening of humorous storytelling
with a purpose (drinks included)…

[MusicTank think tank debates will return in 2017]






Earlybird ends 5pm Oct 14th and prices will increase to the following: 

  • £20 members
  • £35 standard

As always drinks are included in the price of your ticket

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