WIYE is delighted to announce we have the great Ian Penman on the sofa on August 20, one of the country’s most elegant and original pop writers and theorists (“he has a feathery way with a sentence”). You’ll know him from the late ’70s NME, the Face, the Wire, the Guardian, the LRB and Twitter where he declares himself an “ageing rake, charity shop revenant and scrivener”. His new selection of witty, insightful and provocative pieces, It Gets Me Home, This Curving Track, motors through his gigantic record collection stopping off at Steely Dan, Prince, James Brown, Elvis, John Fahey, the Mods, old jazz, Sinatra and many others, all seen with a fresh eye and a deep and infectious passion.
We’re also joined by Dave Lewis, the man who is to Led Zeppelin what Mark Lewisohn is to the Beatles. On the 40th anniversary of the month of their historic Knebworth shows he’ll be talking about Evenings With Led Zeppelin, his mammoth chronicle of their entire performing history, and his Led Zep fanzine Tight But Loose.
This promises to be an evening of illuminating fun.