With cover and illustrations by the great Savage Pencil, A Hidden Landscape Once A Week: The Unruly Curiosity of the UK Music Press in the 1960s-80s, in the words of those who were there is a companion anthology to the conference that I ran in May 2015 at Birkbeck College. This brought together writers, editors and readers of the underground and trade music presses of the 1970s and 80s with academics and other media commentators, to discuss the emergence and evolution of the countercultural voice in the UK, as inflected through the rock papers between these dates. A full list of panels can be found here.
Funded by a successful Kickstarter in July 2016, the conference proceedings were recorded and transcribed, and edited extracts will form the core of this published collection, alongside additional memoirs, essays and thoughts from participants and others. Key contributors include Val Wilmer, Richard Williams, David Toop, Bob Stanley, Jon Savage, Cynthia Rose, Penny Reel, Liz Naylor, Charles Shaar Murray, Paul Morley, Paul Gilroy, Simon Frith and many others.
IN THE MEANTIME, PROFOUND THANKS ARE DUE TO:
Savage Pencil for his illustrations, Val Wilmer, Penny Reel and Liz Naylor for letting us into their homes to film them, Psyche Thompson for camerawork, make-up and wise advice, Birkbeck for staging the conference last year (special mention to Esther Leslie, Joe Brooker and everyone who chaired a panel), Rock's Back Pages for invaluable help with contacts, Mark Pilkington at Strange Attractor, Ed Baxter at Resonance Radio, the journal Music and Letters for a grant to enable the recording and transcription of the conference, Katie Grocott Murdoch for the lettering on the original mock-up cover, Tim Hopkins for his small-press expertise, Steve Mannion for website advice and design, everyone who attended the conference (on stage and in the audience), and all friends, relatives and colleagues for their input and support during the project (which has taken longer than anticipated).
Thanks also to the Kickstarter pledgers!