Post-Punk Poet: An interview with Dick Witts of The Passage

Loydell, Rupert and Witts, Richard (2017) Post-Punk Poet: An interview with Dick Witts of The Passage. Punk and Post Punk, 6 (3). pp. 415-423. ISSN 2044-1983 DOI https://doi.org/10.1386/punk.6.3.415_7

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Abstract

Richard 'Dick' Witts is a professional musicologist music historian, and ex leader of 1980s band the Passage. He was born in Cleethorpes, Lincolnshire, and studied at the Royal Manchester College of Music and briefly at Manchester University. During this time he was a member of the Hallé Orchestra as a percussionist. During the mid-1970s he wrote for the contemporary classical music magazine Contact and was also involved in starting the Manchester Musicians Collective. This led to contact with the growing punk scene and he formed The Passage, producing their recordings and singing on many of their releases. He presented the BBC television programme Oxford Road Show in the early 1980s and was also a reporter for BBC Radio 3. During the late 1980s he became involved in arts administration roles. He subsequently wrote a critical history of the Arts Council of Great Britain (1998), as well as books on Nico (1993) and The Velvet Underground (2006). Dick now lives in Liverpool and is Reader in Music and Sound, and Programme Leader for the Music, Sound, Enterprise programme. The Passage. Post-Punk Poets (2017), a collection of lyrics and visual material, was recently published by Eyewear Publishing.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: This is an interview with me about my music as a post-punk artist by Rupert Loydell of Falmouth University. Published this month.
Uncontrolled Keywords: Dick Witts, The Passage, Passage, post-punk, Manchester, punk music criticism, academia
Subjects: M Music and Books on Music > M Music
M Music and Books on Music > ML Literature of music
Divisions: Performing Arts
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Date Deposited: 21 Feb 2018 15:05
URI: http://repository.edgehill.ac.uk/id/eprint/10122

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