This is the first complete, in-depth biography of the Talk Talk leader and draws on scores of new and original interviews with, among others, Simon Brenner, producer Rhett Davies, Phill Brown, James Marsh, musical collaborators George Page, Phil Ramocon, Martin Ditcham, Dominic Miller, Mark Feltham, Johnny Turnbull, Robbie McIntosh and others. Talk Talk live sound engineer Chris Beale, long-time manager Keith Aspden, original A&R manager Ashley Goodall, old school friends, numerous industry figures, friends and acquaintances who knew him only after he’d retired all add fresh insight and perspective to this extensive and engaging biography.
Author: Ben Wardle lectures on the music business at The University of Gloucestershire. He has written several books, and contributed features to publications including The Guardian, The Word and Long Live Vinyl. He has written and presented regular music columns for BBC Radio 4’s Front Row, and in a previous life was A&R for various record companies including Warners, RCA and V2.
James Marsh designed all Talk Talk album covers, and his work with the band can be found in Spirit of Talk Talk at talktalkbook.com
“an intensely private man revealed ... well-researched ... Wardle is excellent on the process”
John Bungey, Mojo