Interviews from 1st June include David Barratt of Men with Ven live in the studio, Glenn Gregory of Heavn 17, David & Caroline Stafford – writers of the Adam Faith book, along with Woody Woodmansey.
Men with Ven describe themselves as “three men and nearly as many chords, on the road from Barking to Deptford. Telling it the way it is, in pubs and markets, treading the highway and the sticky carpet”. Find out more on their website – https://menwithven.bandcamp.com/
Glenn Gregory is an English singer and musician. A founding member and the frontman of Heaven 17, he co-wrote and sang lead vocals on hit records such as “Temptation” and “Come Live with Me”.
Most pop stars’ fame used to end with their 25th birthday, but Adam Faith just kept on being interesting until the day he died aged 62. Born Terry Nelhams in working-class Acton, he defined post-war aspiration. Though his vocal talents were limited, he enjoyed an unprecedented run of seven top five hits. His chiselled features were a gift to TV (then a new medium), fans swooned each time he smiled, heavyweight journalists saw him as the ‘Spokesman for British Youth’ and his sexual adventures were the stuff of legend. When The Beatles rendered his style of pop obsolete, Adam turned TV actor. As Budgie, the hapless Soho chancer, he played the character he might have become in life had it not been for his steely ambition and boundless energy. Then he reinvented himself again as a manager, famously guiding Leo Sayer to international stardom, before becoming a financial guru who made and lost several fortunes – not always his own. Terry Nelhams never quite got used to being Adam and saw his alter ego as having something of an independent existence: “Being Adam is like playing a part in a film,” he said. “On the whole I prefer being Adam.” David and Caroline Stafford’s witty and insightful biography, charts the glorious triumphs and often cataclysmic failures of a ‘child man’ who spent his life getting away with it.
Woody Woodmansey is an English rock drummer from Driffield, East Riding of Yorkshire, best known for his work with David Bowie and The Spiders from Mars.
David Barratt of Men with Ven (Live in the Studio)
Glenn Gregory of Heaven 17
David & Caroline Stafford, writers