Bob Stanley at Cambridge Sound & Vision Festival
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An afternoon of conversation featuring: Stephen Morris (New Order / Joy Division) with Sarah Waters, Tim Burgess with Bob Stanley (Saint Etienne), Simon Raymonde (Bella Union / Cocteau Twins) with John Robb (The Membranes / Louder Than War).
Tim Burgess in conversation with Bob Stanley (2.15pm)
Frontman, singer, label boss, DJ and author, Tim Burgess has been instrumental in so many great records over the years, always bringing enthusiasm, positivity and diversity of influence, which altogether light the way for those who hold him dear.
While in The Charlatans, Tim’s indefatigable energy has been a consistent fuel for the band across thirteen high-charting albums, his solo adventure has been no less extraordinary, scaling new heights in 2020 with his fifth solo release to date: ‘I Love The New Sky’. Released on Bella Union, it features wonderfully connective songs of everyday minutiae and universal experience, of love and anger, of loss and belonging, all united by elaborate yet natural arrangements and an effortless but deceptively expert way with melody.
Bob Stanley has been obsessed with pop music since he inherited his mum and dad’s pile of rock’n’roll 45s in the seventies. He started a fanzine called Caff with his childhood pal Pete Wiggs in the eighties, and has gone on to write for Smash Hits, NME, Melody Maker, The Face, Mojo, The Times and the Guardian. Bob and Pete formed Saint Etienne in 1990 and released their acclaimed tenth album, I’ve Been Trying To Tell You, last year
He has compiled and annotated archive compilations over the years including Gather In The Mushrooms, Velvet Tinmine, Tea & Symphony, English Weather and Choctaw Ridge, as well as the Saint Etienne Presents series. Bob’s book Yeah Yeah Yeah: The Story of Modern Pop was published by Faber & Faber in 2013; the prequel, Let’s Do It: The Birth of Pop, will be published in May.
Image credit: Alasdair McLellan