What does it mean to write about music? Two leading authors and broadcasters lead a lively discussion on turning their passion into important works that contextualise how the music influences, and is influenced by, the broader social, cultural, and political environments of the time and the communities that create and consumes it.


    Vic Galloway
    Journalist, Author, Broadcaster

    Vic Galloway is a broadcaster, journalist, musician and author based in Scotland. With 21 years of experience from 1999 until now, he has presented weekly music programmes for the BBC including over 11 years for Radio 1. He continues to broadcast and champion new music on BBC Radio Scotland every week and regularly on BBC 6Music, alongside documentaries for various radio and TV networks. As a journalist Vic has written for CLASH, Gigwise, The Skinny, The List, The Times and Sunday Herald. He is also a musician, DJ, curator and event host. His first book ‘Songs in the Key of Fife’ (about The Beta Band, King Creosote, KT Tunstall, James Yorkston & the Fence Collective) was published 2013 and was well received. His following book ‘Rip It Up – The Story of Scottish Pop’ was published in collaboration with the National Museum of Scotland in June 2018, alongside accompanying Radio and TV series. He writes, records and performs with a new band CHECK MASSES, who are releasing their debut album NIGHTLIFE in summer 2020.

    Stuart Cosgrove
    Musician, Journalist, award winning author, broadcaster, former head of Nations and Regions at Channel 4

    Stuart Cosgrove is from Perth, Scotland and is a writer and broadcaster. He is widely respected as the UK’s most influential writer on the history of soul music. Stuart is a respected television executive mostly with the UK broadcaster Channel 4.

    John Robb
    Author, Journalist, Broadcaster

    John Robb is a leading music journalist and a bestselling pop cultural writer. He is the editor of the essential UK music website Louder Than War and monthly music magazine Louder Than Words. Robb is also the singer with cult bands Goldblade and The Membranes, a TV and radio pundit, and a music academic.


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