Born To Be Wide Talk Show – Simon Napier-Bell – 18th August

Born To Be Wide director, Olaf Furniss will be taking on the role of talk show host this Monday as part of the Edinburgh International Book Festival at the Guardian Speigeltent in Charlotte Square.

Born To Be Wide

Born To Be WideOlaf will be interviewing veteran manager and author Simon Napier-Bell. Having worked with artists including The Yardbirds, Boney M, Japan, and Wham! He certainly has a story to tell.

Napier-Bell’s previous works were based on his own experience in the recording industry, and provide an entertaining insight into different areas of the business. His first book,You Don’t Have To Say You Love Me focused on the swinging 60s and was followed by Black Vinyl, White Powder, which explored the role of sex and drugs in British popular music. Meanwhile, I’m Coming To Take You To Lunch, recounts how Napier-Bell wined and dined Communist Party officials to ensure Wham! became the first western pop act to play in China.

Olaf will also be interviewing Dan Wilson aka Withered Hand, who has recently been described as the “UK’s best lyricist”. Although me playing “Religous Song’s” at lunch time on Leith FM did land me in hot water… thanks for that Olaf.

Withered Hand will be performing live along with The Jellyman’s Daughter.

The free talk show will start at 9pm on Monday 18th August at the Guardian Spiegeltent as part of the Jura Unbound programme.  Following the Born To Be Wide Talk Show, Napier-Bell will sign copies of his books, with DJs drawn from the Scottish music scene, providing background music. 



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