Jon Savage


Wednesday 13th April 2016

Photo: Aubrey Meyer

Where are you from?
West London

Why do you love what do?
Autonomy. Plus writing is very natural to me.

Describe your style in three words?
Twisted mod.

What music did you listen to growing up?
1960’s pop, Ready Steady Go, Pirate Radio.

What’s the best gig you’ve ever been too?
The Who 1969
Sex Pistols 1976
Joy Division 1979
James Brown 1983

What is the most influential British single ever released?
Oh god. 'She Loves You' I would say. Just made pop massive.

Which British music icons still influence your writing?
Pete Townshend, Ray Davies, David Bowie, Lennon/McCartney.

Do you think music is still a catalyst for political change today?
No, but it could be.

If you could choose one book to be added to the National Curriculum - what would it be?
Ian MacDonald 'Revolution in the Head'

You can spend an hour with anyone, living or dead, who would it be and what would you ask them?
Andy Warhol, and I wouldn’t ask him anything.

What are you working on at the moment?
Exhibitions, events, compilation CD’s, next book bubbling away.

Jon Savage wrote and published a fanzine called London's Outrage during the heyday of British Punk, before working as a journalist for Sounds, Melody Maker and The Face. A respected cultural commentator, he has also written critically acclaimed books on the subject including 'England's Dreaming: Sex Pistols and Punk Rock' and 'Teenage: The Prehistory of Youth Culture'.


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