As a musician, an actor, a muse, an icon, the breadth of Debbie Harry’s impact on our culture has been matched by her almost Sphinx-like reticence about her inner life. Through it all – while being acclaimed as one of the most beautiful women in the world, prized by a galaxy of leading photographers and fashion designers, beloved by legions of fans for her relentless, high-octane performances, selling 50 million albums or being painted by Andy Warhol – Debbie Harry has infused her perennial Blondie persona with a heady mix of raw sexuality and sophisticated punk cool. In Face It, Debbie Harry invites us into the complexity of who she is and how her life and career have played out over the last seven decades.

Upending the standard music memoir, with a cutting-edge style keeping with the distinctive qualities of her multi-disciplined artistry, Face It … More

Born OTD in 1949, American soul and jazz poet, musician, & spoken-word performer, Gil Scott-Heron. This is a story about talented but tortured souls and a fractured father & son relationship that kept apart Gillie Heron, who was once hailed by ’50k supporters..as the greatest thing seen at Celtic Park since goalposts arrived’. And Gil Scott-Heron, who a newspaper in 1975 said was ‘one of the most interesting new leaders of the black cause today’.

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Born OTD in 1947, English singer-songwriter, producer & actor, David Jones, AKA David Bowie. Dissatisfied with his stage name as Davy (& Davie) Jones, which in the mid-1960s invited confusion with Davy Jones of The Monkees, Bowie renamed himself after the 19th-century American pioneer James Bowie and the knife he had popularised.

Many people know that David Bowie (1947-2016) was an iconic singer, songwriter and actor, whose lyrics, performances and ever-changing persona … More

OTD in 1853, after having been kidnapped and sold into slavery in the American South, Solomon Northup regains his freedom; his memoir Twelve Years a Slave later becomes a national bestseller. The shocking first-hand account of one man’s remarkable fight for freedom. `Why had I not died in my young years – before God had given me children to love & live for? What unhappiness & suffering & sorrow it would have prevented. I sighed for liberty; but the bondsman’s chain was round me, & could not be shaken off.’ 1841: Solomon Northup is a successful violinist when he is kidnapped & sold into slavery.

Taken from his family in New York State – with no hope of ever seeing them again – and forced … More

Born OTD in 1954, Elvis Costello. Born Declan Patrick MacManus, Costello was raised in London & Liverpool, grandson of a trumpet player on the White Star Line & son of a jazz musician who became a successful radio dance band vocalist. Costello went into the family business & had taken the popular music world by storm before he was 24. Costello continues to add to one of the most intriguing & extensive songbooks of the day.

His performances have taken him from a cardboard guitar in his front room to fronting a rock and roll band … More

Poet, musician, journalist & political activist Attila the Stockbroker has spent 35 years touring the world as a self-sustaining, one man DIY cottage industry. Having performed over 3000 gigs in 24 countries, releasing 30 records & 7 books of poetry along the way, he pauses here to relate his life story, a tale of ranting verse, punk rock & his relationship with the ever changing, increasingly corporate minded politics of the last 5 decades.

An autobiography like no other, ‘Arguments Yard’ bounces effortlessly from frontline tales of touring East Germany, the first ever punk … More