Too fast to live? The rise & fall of the rock gods
Thursday 1st June 2017
David Hepworth on the age of the rock star
Swagger, recklessness, sexual charisma: just a few of the defining characteristics of a rock god. That and the music, the like of which we’d never heard before. Or since, for that matter. And the ability to seem larger than life to their legions of fans, but just like us at the same time. Are they an endangered species? Are they extinct? Find out for yourself when David Hepworth, former Old Grey Whistle Test/Q/Mojo mainman and writer of the glorious 1971, returns to our shop on June 1 at 7.30pm to talk to us about his latest magnum opus, Uncommon People TheRise and Fall of Rock Stars 1955–94 .
If you lived through those years or are a music fan you will appreciate just how many amazing talents blazed through that period and David examines the pivotal moments of 40 such colossi.
His talk and Q&A session for 1971 was a brilliantly entertaining evening that we’re still talking about and completely sold out, so don’t miss out on Uncommon People! Entry is free, but booking is essential: email@example.com or 0207 431 3770
Book now to hear the spellbinding violinist Min Kym read and play
It’s the stuff of film scripts: a child from a not particularly musical background wins her first international prize at 11, becomes the youngest ever pupil at the Purcell School of Music, struggles with the label ‘prodigy’ , waits and waits for her intrumental other half. At 21 she finds it and her career rockets as she plays her rare 1696 Stradivarius. ‘All my life my Stradivarius had been waiting for me, as I had been waiting for her…’
Suddenly, it all comes crashing down: the violin is stolen and her world implodes…she is left unable to play a note.
This was Min Kym‘s life and now it’s also her book, the mesmerising and touching memoir Gone, a story of isolation, love, loss and, above all, of hope through a journey back to music.
We are incredibly pleased to invite you to hear Min talk about her book and also to hear her play her new violin. Join us for what promises to be an extraordinary evening on June 14th at 7.30pm. Entry is free, but booking is required so reserve your place via 0207 431 firstname.lastname@example.org
Sparkling line up for this summer’s Proms at St Jude’s Litfest
We’re super-excited to be the official bookseller once more at this summer’s Litfest at Proms at St Jude’s Festival. Not familiar with it? Well how’s this for starters: the festival covers music and literature and takes place over a weekend at the idyllic setting of the Lutyens-designed St Jude’s Church (the music bit) and Henrietta Barnett School (the Litfest) just up the road in leafy NW11. Now celebrating its 25th anniversary, all proceeds go to Toynbee Hall and The North London Hospice.
Among the throng at Litfest is West Hampstead’s very own bestselling author Susie Steiner and she will be in stellar company with fellow authors the legendary voice of Woman’s Hour, Dame Jenni Murray, the Guardian’s Polly Toynbee, Nina Stibbe, Dan Cruikshank, Laurence Rees, Natalie Haynes and Joel Morris and Jason Hazeley, the team behind the recent bestselling Ladybird books pastiches.
The festival runs on the weekend of 24/25 June and, in our experience, it’s a real treat: lovely music and wonderful talks in a beautiful setting