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Simon Garfield

Simon Garfield

Simon Garfield wrote for Time Out magazine, acting as editor from 1988 to 1989. He has written for The Independent, The Independent on Sunday, and The Observer, and was named Mind Journalist of the Year in 2005.

He is the author of several books including Expensive Habits: The Dark Side of the Industry, the Somerset Maugham Prize-winning The End of Innocence: Britain in the Time of AIDS, The Wrestling, The Nation's Favourite: The True Adventures of Radio 1, and Mauve. 

More recent books include Just My Type, exploring the history of typographic fonts; On the Map: Why the World Looks the Way it Does (Profile Books Ltd, 2012); To the Letter: A Curious History of Correspondence – A Celebration of the Lost Art of Letter Writing (Canongate, 2013); and Timekeepers: How The World Became Obsessed With Time (Canongate, 2016).

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Beyoncé, Destiny's Child: Beyoncé: Uh-Oh! Uh-Oh! Uh-Oh!

Interview by Simon Garfield, Observer Music Monthly, 14 December 2003

It was the year of R'n'B, and of the song. Above all, it was the year of Beyoncé Knowles, the Destiny's Child diva whose solo ...

Rosanne Cash: Family Ties

Interview by Simon Garfield, Observer, The, 5 February 2006

PRECISELY FOUR-and-a-half hours after a film about her father, mother and stepmother was nominated for five Oscars, Rosanne Cash walks into the Nicole Farhi store ...

Jamie Cullum's Big Break

Profile and Interview by Simon Garfield, Observer, The, September 2003

FOR A FEW weeks in the middle of summer it was easier to see Jamie Cullum in concert than not to see him. ...

Madonna: Looks Good on the Dancefloor

Interview by Simon Garfield, Observer Music Monthly, 20 November 2005

With 'Hung Up' at number one and her new album also set to storm to the top of the charts, Madonna has taken back her ...

Status Quo Keep It Real

Profile and Interview by Simon Garfield, Mail On Sunday, July 1997

"THEY TAKE A vein from your leg, and chop it up four times."
Rick Parfitt, the big-haired, blond singer-guitarist with Status Quo for the past 30 ...

Pete Townshend: Who He Is

Profile and Interview by Simon Garfield, Intelligent Life, Summer 2011

ROCK MUSIC in 2011 is not quite what it was in the mid-1960s. For one thing, it is full of challenging coincidences, such as the ...

Tim Westwood: The Spin Doctor

Report and Interview by Simon Garfield, Observer, The, 3 October 2004

He's a white DJ who became the most powerful European voice in hardcore hip-hop. Here, on the 10th anniversary of his Radio 1 show, Tim ...

The Who: Generation Terrorists

Profile and Interview by Simon Garfield, Observer, The, September 2006

It seemed like it was all over for the Who. But solo projects and trout fishing will only get you so far. ...

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