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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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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 & ...

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, ...

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

Profile and Interview by Rob Young, Wire, 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 ...

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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