When writing Sunday Will Never Be the Same , I did not make a conscious connection between the experience that sparked my conversion to Christianity and the epiphany I had about how God has been loving me through other people. In writing Sunday , when I relived certain experiences of going to concerts or listening to a friend play records for me or receiving a cassette tape in the mail from my long-distance boyfriend, I felt great nostalgia and love for those who brought such beautiful experiences to my life.
CWR: Indeed! What music are you listening to these days? You have great taste in music, and it is fun to read in the book of your experiences with the NYC music scene.
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I think people are looking for music that unexpectedly speaks to them in deeply spiritual ways. Do you have any recommendations for readers of your book who love your taste in music? I was fond of his music since first hearing him around the time I started college. However, at a certain point I stopped following him because I was too much in love with him, as only a teenage girl can be.
It was actually painful to listen to him because he was this unattainable, romantic, David Bowie-like genius man of mystery. Four years ago, I got up my courage and went to a Hitchcock concert for the first time in decades to see if I could handle it—bringing a friend for support. Although he was still everything I remembered, I was relieved to discover that I could tolerate all that beauty better than I could back in the day.
Afterwards I went back to my room in graduate housing at the University of St. One thing that particularly strikes me is how God-haunted he is. Do you ever use musical examples and analogies when you teach theology to your students? I need you to name a musical artist, someone whose voice is closest to your own… or at least who you aspire to sound like as best you can…. Thank you, Dawn, and I hope everybody reading this gets the chance to read your book. I thought it was so good. Thanks for answering my questions. Your story is so beautiful!
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Click here to sign up for our newsletter. In all the chaos and noise of the world, one by one we meet HIM. The ones who are running so hard and fast the other way are doing all sort of harmful things to themselves and others. No one can ever take that joy away.
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Email Frequency Daily. Noisey: I absolutely adore your book, Sylvia. Sylvia: Blimey, it seems to have meant a lot to music journalists of your generation. It's interesting to me that you guys are all in agreement with a lot of it. You weren't even there in the olden days! Who was the first band you ever interviewed? Alien Sex Fiend was the very first proper print interview for the dreadful Etcetra magazine.
They were incredibly rude to me. I had to ask all these Smash Hits -esque questions. Nick Fiend took my piece of paper off me, and read out the list, which included 'Is your flat clean? And he was one of my heroes! It really does. Around about , I fell out with the NME because everything was starting to turn to shit, and I had an idea for a book called exactly that, being the counter of how things were in the 60s, 70s, and 80s.
I went to see a publisher who looked at me like I was mad and told me I'd have to write about myself, which I was never gonna do. In the time was right. Things had got colossally more grim. People who are severely obsessional music types tend to be running away into the world; cracked backgrounds all over the place.
We're geeks for a start. The public have an idea that it's non-stop glamour, that we are privileged. Because that's what it is. Indeed, it's bonkers. What are some of the things you wish you knew in advance of it all? If I'd have known what was coming I'd have never have done it! Bloody kaleidoscope of insanity? No way! It's a cautionary tale. Would I have been put off? I wouldn't have believed it.
Any career could end up going down several different wrong cul de sacs. Music means everything to me. Well, music flamed in me to an almost psychotic level. I remember being in a dodgy flat in Dundee, absolutely skint. We were listening to Annie Nightingale on Radio 1. She was talking about the Sisters of Mercy playing and I couldn't go.
I picked up this radio and I smashed it against the wall! It was the absolute epicenter of everything. We're colossal romantics, very idealistic, and quite highly strung, aren't we? Music gave me my new family, it gave me my world view. I listened to John Peel and that was university for me. Flash-forward to the part of the book where I'm writing my resignation to NME and I was still like that at the age of That is insane! Obviously they're worsened by the fact half-a-million people don't buy their choice mag now, but some debates were always there: who's the reader, what should be on the cover etc?
Every year another beloved title folds… Absolutely. In some ways, I feel that I haven't gone far enough in this book because of some of the horror stories I've heard from people of your generation. It's worse. Whether it's writing tabloid nonsense or having zero freedom to do anything creative, it's staggering to me. It's not doing the bands any good, nor the publications any good.
The mags are still hurtling towards The Dumper. VICE and Noisey are getting it right, engaging with the world, but not the print press. Where are all the clever people? Editors only care about appeasing their masters. That's not the spirit! In the book you write almost apologetically that you cared too much. To me it's the music lovers who should be leading the charge… It's the accountants and the bean counters making all the decisions, and that goes for just about everybody that works in the arts.
It's just one bottom line. I worked for The Face , for example. That magazine didn't exist to make money, per se. That magazine existed to pioneer and lead culture as well as to reflect it. The minute The Face became about the money they put David Beckham on the cover and it didn't work because, hey waddyaknow, the readers of The Face aren't interested in a celebrity like him.
So it folded. The rock stars themselves seem to be as much to blame. You portray Ed Sheeran as meticulously business conscious in the book. Corporate entities fronting as rock stars… It's true. Ed Sheeran felt sorry for me in my idealistic old school way. Rock stars actually want to be involved in business now.
I don't understand it. They want to know all about numbers for everything, and to be any other way they think is a mug's game. They don't want the chaos of letting go of the reins, living for the day and dreaming. You know, perhaps they have to be vigilant about making money because there isn't any about! Do you think that's what's fundamentally changed the relationship between journalists and musicians, too? Our autonomy is a threat to a business model now, not just a rock star's ego?
We are not trusted on any level. They know that whatever they say they're talking to the global microphone, and it's been that way for a long time, but it never used to be quite as negative. No matter what you write, there's a whole internet culture that guarantees everything to be taken out of context. Everything is sensationalist and negative and that means the relationship is now ruined. Someone like Beyonce — why would she ever do an interview again? She won't.
She's not gonna want to have you walking into a room and asking — 'So what did happen in the lift that time with your sister and your husband and that bollocks? People want gossip now, not jokes. The jokes are gone! The silliness does seem to have died, like the nicknaming you speak of.
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It wouldn't be allowed now. That language would be called incomprehensible. Everything is dumbed down. Nuanced ways of writing are not encouraged. One of the most important things about being a writer is your voice because otherwise what is the bloody point? When I think about the freedoms I had it's like a dream. That all started to go in the early s.