“It’s about a time of life thing. With Pop stars, it’s often presumed that once they’ve passed their commercial peak, their best is behind them but what I found is that a lot of them are arguing otherwise. The more song writing they do, the better they become because they are honing their craft and just performing to a slightly smaller crowd but necessarily a less appreciative one.”
Today I’m joined by writer and journalist Nick Duerden. Nick has written widely on the arts, family and health. I chat with Nick about a number of his books and also his latest publication called Exit Stage Left – The Curious Afterlife of Pop Stars . It’s an intriguing read with interviews with over forty musicians about life away from the limelight, so I hope you are sitting comfortably and happy to stay with us.
Our conversation started with Nick describing his early experiences working for magazines in pop culture (02:20) and the changing world of magazine publication (06:14). Next up we had a chat about some of his previous publications, Get Well Soon (08:30) and A Life Less Lonely (16:12), before moving on to his new book, Exit Stage Left – The Curious Afterlife of Pop Stars (23:35).
- Nick’s website
- Nick on Twitter
- Nick writing in the Guardian
- For more, hear my conversations with Midge Ure and Moe Dunford