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Five Things I Saw & Heard This Week, Volume 1: Dispatches from the everyday world of music Paperback – 2 July 2018

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Martin Colyer has been involved in music throughout his life. He is the son of Bill Colyer, the man who gave the name Skiffle to the burgeoning DIY movement that happened in Britain in the early Fifties. Bill’s brother was renowned Jazz trumpeter, Ken Colyer, leader of a band that included the huge influencers Alexis Korner and Lonnie Donegan (this story is brilliantly told in Billy Bragg’s recent book, “Roots, Radicals and Rockers”). Martin was in an R ’n’ B group called Hot House in the Eighties, and although ultimately unsuccessful, managed to spend £1.3m of RCA’s money. They were fronted by singer Heather Small and worked with Susan Rogers of Prince fame, Ron “Have Mercy” Kersey, writer of “Disco Inferno”, and toured supporting Barry White. Martin is also the co-founder, along with Mark Pringle and Barney Hoskyns, of the world’s number one music journalism resource rocksbackpages.com. In 2012 he won a Parliamentary Jazz Award for his work on Goin' Home: The Uncompromising Life & Music of Ken Colyer, a large-scale biography of his uncle. A magazine designer and art director by trade, Martin started writing a weekly blog, Five Things I Saw and Heard This Week, in 2012. It focused on music encountered in day-to-day life, and not tied into the way the music business runs (with release dates and hype). He has continued to write, mostly on design and illustration for the beautiful graphics magazine, eye, in London. He makes music at martincolyer.com and southwesternrecorders.com. He likes reverb, outré scents, Bob Dylan's boots and the writing of Joan Didion.

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