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St Leonards Salon: Music Journalism – An Evening With Phil Sutcliffe and Andy Gunton

Freelance Journalist Phil Sutcliffe and The Stinger magazine editor Andy Gunton share perspectives on breaking into music journalism and building a career based on doing what you love.

Phil Sutcliffe has been a journalist for 30 years, over half as a freelancer. Interview-based features on artists including Eric Clapton, Bruce Springsteen, Pete Seeger, Rufus Wainwright, Nick Cave, Woody Guthrie, Field Music. Music industry features – expert on EMI! Live and album reviews for print and online (eMusic). Blogs (Mojo). And other stuff!

He also co-teaches the NUJ “business of freelancing” courses, Getting Started As A Freelance and Pitch & Deal

“I’ll bring samples of Sounds, Smash Hits, The Face, Q and Mojo to wave around as they were my main customers (well, still do a bit for Mojo). Think I’ve only got one shot of me in action – ie interviewing – but here it is, an ace one, Pete Seeger 2006 in a park beside the Hudson.”

Andy Gunton is Editor of Hastings-based mag The Stinger, a project started by the Hastings Fat Tuesday organisation, of which he is a part. He is also a DJ on local radio stations Hastings Rock and Carnival FM, presenting the Local Music Shows on both stations, as well as regular daytime shows. Andy was the co-founder of Pierless Music, a website dedicated to promoting original local music from the Hastings area. He has also been the main compere for Beatles Day since 2004, and used to play drums in local bands, back in the late 1970’s and 80’s in the Tonbridge area.

“My own story is very different to Phil’s, as I have no training or experience as a journalist/editor at all. I’ve come at it all purely as a music fan and enthusiast, especially of local music. That also includes the DJing I’ve done on local radio as well, plus anything else I’ve done. The Stinger is the first magazine I’ve ever been involved with and we think of it as a bit of a glorified fanzine more than anything else.”

Tuesday 1st March 7pm-9pm
St Leonards Central
11 Marine Court
St Leonards
TN38 0DX

£3 on the door or book online.

More info on the Salon Page.

Posted 14:00 Tuesday, Feb 23, 2016 In: Music & Sound

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