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Naked at the Albert Hall

Tracey Thorn
Tracey Thorn

In her bestselling autobiography Bedsit Disco Queen, Tracey Thorn recalled the highs and lows of a thirty-year career in pop music. But with the touring, recording and extraordinary anecdotes, there wasn't time for an in-depth look at what she actually did for all those years: sing. She sang with warmth and emotional honesty, sometimes while battling acute stage-fright.Part memoir, part wide-ranging exploration of the art, mechanics and spellbinding power of singing, Naked at the Albert Hall takes in Dusty Springfield, Dennis Potter and George Eliot; Auto-tune, the microphone and stage presence; The Streets and The X Factor. Including interviews with fellow artists such as Alison Moyet, Romy Madley-Croft and Green Gartside of Scritti Politti, and portraits of singers in fiction as well as Tracey's real-life experiences, it offers a unique, witty and sharply observed insider's perspective on the exhilarating joy and occasional heartache of singing.

Behind the scenes

Tracey Thorn's playlist

Tracey Thorn tells us the stories behind five great videos that span her 30-year pop career

03 Feb
Kings Place, London

Tracey Thorn Event

20 Feb
The Steps Theatre, Dundee

Tracey Thorn at the Dundee Literary Festival


Hunger Makes Me a Modern Girl

Carrie Brownstein
Carrie Brownstein

Tracey Thorn

Tracey Thorn was singer and songwriter with Everything But the Girl from 1982-2000. At that point she semi-retired from the music business to bring up her children. She has since recorded two more solo albums, Out Of The Woods and Love And Its Opposite. She lives in London with her husband Ben Watt and their three children.

21 Feb
Pitlochry Festival Theatre, Port-Na-Craig

Tracey Thorn at the Pitlochry Literary Festival

Tracey will be talking about her book, Bedsit Disco Queen.

Bedsit Disco Queen

Tracey Thorn events

Find out dates and locations for Tracey Thorn events


Tracey Thorn on Facebook

Join Tracey Thorn, author of Bedsit Disco Queen, on Facebook


Tracey Thorn on twitter

Follow Tracey Thorn, singer, gardener and bedsit disco queen

18 Mar
Old Queen's Head, London

Tracey Thorn at 'A Word In Your Ear'

Tracey Thorn at 'A Word In Your Ear' at the Old Queen's Head, London

07 Feb
Rough Trade East

Tracey Thorn Launch

13 Feb
Old Market Theatre, Brighton

Tracey Thorn Talk

Tracey Thorn talk at the Old Market Theatre in Brighton

27 Feb
Foyles, Charing Cross Road

Tracey Thorn Talk

Tracey Thorn talk at Foyles

02 May
Waterstones, Deansgate

Tracey Thorn Talk

Tracey Thorn will be at Waterstones Deansgate.

17 Oct
Leeds Metropolitan University

Tracey Thorne University Lecture

Tracey Thorne at Leeds Metropolitan University

Little, Brown

In the All-Night Café

Stuart David
Stuart David
Chapter One

The Uncommon Appeal of Clouds

Read the first chapter of the latest book in Alexander McCall Smith's Sunday Philosophy Club series. The victim of an important art theft appeals to Isabel Dalhousie, Edinburgh philosopher and sleuth, for help.


In The Pleasure Groove

John Taylor
John Taylor

With Duran Duran, John Taylor has created some of the greatest songs of our time. From the disco dazzle of debut single 'Planet Earth' right up to their latest number one album All You Need is Now, Duran Duran has always had the power to sweep the world onto its feet.It's been a ride - and for John in particular, the ride has been wild, thrilling... and dangerous. Now, for the first time, he tells his incredible story - a tale of dreams fulfilled, lessons learned and demons conquered. A shy only child, Nigel John Taylor wasn't an obvious candidate for pop stardom and frenzied girl panic. But when he ditched his first name and picked up a bass guitar, everything changed. John formed Duran Duran with his friend Nick Rhodes in the spring of 1978, and they were soon joined by Roger Taylor, then Andy Taylor and finally Simon Le Bon. Together they were an immediate, massive global success story, their pictures on millions of walls, every single a worldwide hit. In his frank, compelling autobiography, John recounts the highs - hanging out with icons like Bowie, Warhol and even James Bond; dating Vogue models and driving fast cars - all the while playing hard with the band he loved. But he faced tough battles ahead - troubles that brought him to the brink of self-destruction - before turning his life around.Told with humour, honesty and hard-won wisdom, and packed with exclusive pictures, In the Pleasure Groove is a fascinating, irresistible portrait of a man who danced into the fire... and came through the other side.

How To Books

The Rock & Roll Times Guide to the Music Industry

Will Beattie
Will Beattie

The Rock and Roll Times Music Industry Guide is a new book aimed, designed and written to inspire, educate and give insight to new and old bands, musicians and labels alike, who wish to create or further their career in the music industry. By learning exactly how the music industry works, they can then implement the same structure into building their public profile, fan-base, record and merchandise sales - as well as increasing touring opportunities.The book covers in detail what A&R really think and how you should and shouldn't approach them; to what a music publisher does and why you will need a manager. Want to know how to get your music on iTunes and into 2000 shops across America? Then the chapter on distribution is for you. From Merchandise to CD manufacturing, how to build your own press team to setting up a record label and touring, The Rock and Roll Times will give you insights and guidance on all of the following chapters:1. A&R 2. PUBLISHING 3. MANAGEMENT 4. MUSIC AGENT 5. PROMOTERS 6. MUSIC LAW AND LEGAL ADVICE7. THE BAND 8. SONGWRITING 9. REHEARSALS 10. THE STUDIO11. WEBSITES 12. GIGGING AND TOURING13. CD PRESSING14. DISTRIBUTION15. MERCH16. MAKING A VIDEO17. SETTING UP A RECORD LABEL18. SETTING UP A FESTIVAL19. ACCOUNTING20. SEEKING FUNDING21. MUSIC COLLECTION SOCIETIES22. MUSIC INDUSTRY EVENTS23. FOR THOSE ABOUT TO ROCK24. REFERENCE MATERIALSThe digital revolution in technology has changed the face of music forever. This change redefines how bands are sought, signed and delivered to the marketplace. Bands will still chase record deals and A&R personnel will mostly still say no. Increasingly, bands are having to reach a certain stage of development before a record label will take a look.It's a well-documented fact that most bands will never sign that elusive record deal. With an estimated 3 million bands on the Internet that's a lot of music flying around cyber space aimlessly. Does that mean musicians cannot forge a career in music? Nope. Does it mean, as the music industry goes through its biggest ever shift in how it does business, that bands can set up their shop? Yep. So how do they do that? Simple. It's called organisation. The digital platform is the single biggest revolution to enter the musician's arena. Cost has always been the single biggest prohibitive factor facing any artist. With digital technology, that cost diminished and opened up a whole new way a musician could do business. And that's the key. The music industry is a business. Whilst bands can create a platform to sell their music, they still need an infrastructure around them to capitalise on and grow. The Rock and Roll Times aim is to show those bands how they can do it for themselves. From recording their CD, to PRS and Publishing, to getting a Manager, Touring, Press and Publicity, Merchandise, how to set up their own Record Label amongst other chapters on all aspects of the music industry, the book's sole aim is to get bands into thinking they have more power than they realise, more opportunities to reach a wider audience and the chance to make a living from the one thing they love: Music.This book will show each band that instead of chasing ghosts, they can manifest a reality, build their temple, and show the world who they are. We are looking at the creation of thousands of record labels being born. That's the future of the music industry. It's in the hands of the new bands emerging from the streets. The days where bands rely on traditional record labels are gone. It's one of the greatest times in history for bands to create, sell and perform their music. The Rock and Roll Times - Music Industry Bible aims to show you how.