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John L. Walters

John L. Walters

John L. Walters is a journalist and composer, who once wrote a tune that people whistle. He has written about different genres of music for mags and newspapers, notably The Guardian, for whom he wrote a column for five years. He has been the (award-winning) editor of Eye, the international review of graphic design, since 1999, and its co-owner since 2008.

After university he formed Landscape, who gigged extensively, released EPs on their indie label and pioneered computerised synth-pop. 'Einstein a Go-Go', featuring Walters' Lyricon melody, was a top 5 hit. 

Walters produced Swans Way, Twelfth Night, Mike Gibbs, Mark Springer and wrote several long-forgotten TV themes. With Landscape's Richard James Burgess, he programmed Fairlight on Kate Bush's Never Forever

In the late 1980s he formed 'electronic jazz orchestra' Zyklus with Neil Ardley. In the 1990s he launched (Prudential award-winning) creative music journal Unknown Public with Laurence Aston. 

He reinvented himself as a journalist, working for the Sunday Times and Architectural Review before joining Eye, and writing for The Wire, Jazzwise, The Independent and The Guardian. Since 2014 he has also edited Pulp, which Eye makes for Fedrigoni Papers. Career highlight: joining Charlie Gillett twice for 'Radio Ping Pong'.

Photo by Bruce Connew

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Ry Cooder: Chávez Ravine (Nonesuch)

Review by John L. Walters, TuneTribe, Summer 2005

CHÁVEZ RAVINE is Ry Cooder's What A Carve Up, a multilayered song-cycle about the way a Hispanic neighbourhood of Los Angeles was cleared to make ...

Miles Davis: Kind Of Overkill

Comment by John L. Walters, The Guardian, 10 February 2006

Miles Davis wouldn't have wanted his out-takes made public, so why all the box sets? ...

Moondog: The Viking of 6th Ave: The Music of Moondog

Preview by John L. Walters, Barbican show programme, 30 May 2009

Presented by the Barbican and Eat Your Own Ears; part of Only Connect ...

Kip Hanrahan: Love is Like a Cigarette

Review by John L. Walters, Perfect Sound Forever, December 2010

MY FIRST encounter with Kip Hanrahan was when someone at Pangaea, his record company, handed me a copy of Days and Nights of Blue Luck ...

Art Kane. Harlem 1958 (Wall of Sound Editions)

Book Review by John L. Walters, Eye, Spring 2019

THE BLACK-AND-WHITE Esquire photo of 57 jazz musicians (plus a few local children) posed in front of a Harlem brownstone on 12 August 1958 is ...

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