One of the music world’s best-loved reformed bad boys, Huey Morgan – Fun Lovin’ Criminals frontman and award-winning broadcaster, with shows on BBC Radio 6 Music and BBC Radio 2 celebrates the unpredictable personalities and talents of popular music’s rebel heroes and explains why music is more in need of rulebreakers than ever before; and he’s set to be in St James’ this week!
An evening with Huey Morgan takes place on Wednesday 3rd June 18:30 at Waterstones Piccadilly where he’ll give a talk with an audience Q&A followed by a book signing after the event.
The defining sounds of popular music – Blues, Rock ‘n’ Roll, Punk and Hip-Hop were all shaped and driven by rebel voices, and music would never have been the same without them. Huey looks at the musical influences of his favourite revolutionary artists across the decades, including Ma Rainey (‘Mother of the Blues’), Bessie Smith, Robert Johnson,
Billie Holiday and Miles Davis in the first half of the 20th century, Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Nico, Joe Strummer and the New York Dolls in the 1950-70s, Run DMC and Beastie Boys in the 80s and Kurt Cobain in the 90s.
Truly ground-and-rule-breaking voices have been drowned out by pop-by numbers acts in more recent years, and in Huey Morgan’s Rebel Heroes, Huey investigates where music started to lose its soul, and why the lessons of those renegade spirits of yesteryear are still so vital.
[Page spread from Huey Morgan’s Rebel Heroes by Huey Morgan, published by Cassell Illustrated]
The book is steeped in Huey’s love for, and knowledge of, music and is full of personal anecdotes and stories of some of the greatest mind-blowing musicians to have graced us with their talent.
Anyone who listens to The Huey Show on BBC Radio 6 Music knows just how knowledgeable and passionate Huey is about music. Huey Morgan’s Rebel Heroes is a breath of fresh air for like-minded individuals who lament the TV-talent-show takeover of music, and the diluted and homogenenized radio friendly hit singles that are played on the airwaves.
Huey Morgan’s Rebel Heroes by Huey Morgan, published by Cassell Illustrated £18.99 www.octopusbooks.co.uk