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Rob Young

Rob Young

Rob Young was born in Bristol in 1968. He has worked as a music writer and editor since 1993, when he joined the staff of The Wire. He was editor of the title between 2000-04 and continues as a co-owner, contributor and editorial member. He regularly presents The Wire's 'Adventures in Modern Music' show on Resonance 104.4 FM, and edited the collections of Wire articles Undercurrents: The Hidden Wiring of Modern Music (Continuum 2002) and The Wire Primers: A Guide to Modern Music (Verso, 2009). Rob also wrote the first two in Black Dog Publishing's Labels Unlimited series of illustrated record company biographies: Warp (2005) and Rough Trade (2006). His latest book is a 650-page history of folk music and the British imagination, from the late 19th century to the present, Electric Eden: Unearthing Britain's Visionary Music (Faber and Faber 2010). Rob lives in Stoke Newington, north London, with his family, including two children, and has contributed to publications including Uncut, Sight & Sound, The Guardian, Frieze and Art Review.

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Boards Of Canada: Protect and Survive

Interview by Rob Young, Wire, The, October 2005

In a rare face to face interview at their Scottish retreat, Boards Of Canada break their self-imposed isolation to scotch the myths that have coalesced ...

Fairport Convention: What They Did On Their Holidays: Fairport Convention at Farley House, Summer 1969

Book Excerpt by Rob Young, 'Electric Eden' (Faber), August 2010

NOTE: This is an excerpt from Rob Young's superb new folk opus Electric Eden: Unearthing Britain's Visionary Music, published in August 2010 by Faber & ...

Fleet Foxes: Pack Mentality: Fleet Foxes: Helplessness Blues (Bella Union)

Review by Rob Young, Word, The, May 2011

Fleet Foxes return, warmer and more bracing, with a set of vivid utopian folk songs for an age of modern austerity ...

Jonny Greenwood, Radiohead: Jonny Greenwood: "What do I do? I just generally worry about things…"

Report and Interview by Rob Young, Uncut, April 2011

THE CAR PULLS into the courtyard of a small complex E of offices in the middle of a housing estate on the fringes of Didcot, ...

Grooverider: Locked Groove

Interview by Rob Young, Wire, The, September 1998

As one of the few drum 'n' bass starfighters still standing, is it too late for the lone Grooverider to save Jungle from burning out? ...

Mark Hollis, Talk Talk: Return from Eden: Mark Hollis

Profile and Interview by Rob Young, Wire, The, January 1998

As the prime mover behind Talk Talk, Mark Hollis threw off the shackles of a pop existence to create the bleakest, yet most lyrical orchestral ...

LCD Soundsystem: Liquid ecstasy: LCD Soundsystem: LCD Soundsystem (DFA/EMI) *****

Review and Interview by Rob Young, Uncut, February 2005

New York's disco infiltrators put the "cross" in crossover ...

Jamie Lidell: Boy in a Bubble

Interview by Rob Young, Wire, The, July 2005

Digital avant funk sound boffin and flamboyant vocalist by turns, Jamie Lidell's live appearances are spectacular feats of improvised technology and showmanship. On the release ...

John Martyn: Felling Gravity's Pull

Interview by Rob Young, Wire, The, June 1998

After rising to prominence with the late 60s electric folk renaissance, John Martyn uprooted songform and subjected it to a serious sonic makeover on a ...

Portishead: Tangled Up In Blue

Interview by Rob Young, Wire, The, December 1998

After three albums and a world tour which nearly put paid to them, the members of Portishead are resting up. In Bristol, Geoff Barrow and ...

Sun Ra: Cosmic Relief: Sun Ra & His Solar Arkestra: The Magic Sun

Film/DVD/TV Review by Rob Young, Uncut, April 2005

Important documentary artefact of late-'60s avant-garde jazz ...

Scott Walker: Bish Bosch

Press Release by Rob Young, 4AD Records, September 2012

Bish (n. sl.), bitchBosch, Hieronymous (c. 1450–1516), Dutch painterBish bosh (sl.), job done, sorted* ...

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