Louder Than Words is the pre-eminent festival for music and literature, celebrating words – oral, written and published – associated with the music industry: a fusion of authors, artists, poets, performers, lyricists, journalists, DJs, bloggers and publishers of music and popular culture. The annual festival is a melting pot for ideas, stories and conversations about the state of the industry, drawing from history and the contemporary scene to point a direction to the future.
For the last three years, we’ve sat in on each of the Louder Than Words festivals, soaking it all in, coming away with a much clearer idea about the shape of the music industry, what its attraction is, what drives and feeds it, where it’s been and where it’s going than at any other time or occasion. It never fails to stimulate.
With all that in mind, for this year’s festival we’ve teamed up with Louder Than Words to generate a book over the course of the weekend, Across the Tracks. We’ll be resident across the festival with a team of story gatherers to capture all the activity that takes place, bringing together the stories, ideas and thoughts expressed across the weekend, from the main contributors and the audience alike.
Louder Than Words 2015 takes place at Palace Hotel, Manchester, 13-16 November. Come along and add a contribution of your own, or pre-order the book now before you forget.
Up for discussion and debate at the festival this year: Karren Ablaze, Paul ‘Smiler’ Anderson, Richard Balls, Pauline Black, The Beatles, Terry Bezer, Mark Blake, Richard Boon, Lee Brilleaux, Louise Brown, Rick Buckler, Jayne Casey, Chris Charlesworth, The Clash, Club Culture, Kurt Cobain, Copyright, Ian Daley, JP Daly, Sandy Denny, Duncan Dick, DJs, Julia Downes, Dr Feelgood, Ian Dury, Jemima Dury, Daryl Easlea, The Fall, A Firm of Poets,Tony Fletcher, Folk, Free Culture, Mike Garry, Mike Harding, Paul Harries, Dave Haslam, Heavy Metal, Jimi Hendrix, Paolo Hewitt, Mick Houghton, Barney Hoskyns, Zoë Howe, Steve Ignorant, Independent Publishing, Carol Isherwood, Robert Johnson, Brian Jones, Chris Jam, The Jam, Martin James, Wilko Johnson, Janis Joplin, Norman Jopling, CP Lee, Spencer Leigh, Keith Levene, Chris Madden, Manchester v Liverpool, Manchester District Music Archive, Simon Mason, Shirley May, Paul McCartney, John McCullagh, Joel McIver, Mick Middles, Mods, Jim Morrison, Simon A. Morrison, Paul Du Noyer, Public Image Ltd, Oasis, Olivia Piekarski, Poetry, Steve Pottinger, Pulp, Prog Rock, PRS, Daniel Rachel, Riot Grrrl, John Robb, Fats Roland, The Rolling Stones, Chris Salewicz, Jon Savage, The Selector, Russell Senior, Slipknot, Ian ‘Snowy’ Snowball, Great British Songwriters, Stiff Records, UnConvention, Thomas Watts, Simon Wells, The Who, Reece Williams, Amy Winehouse, Writing Workshop… and then there’s the bar and much more besides.
There’s stories waiting to be told. You can read all about it in Across the Tracks.