Peter Curran
documentary maker; broadcaster; publisher; specialising in arts, culture and pop music; recorder, Revolution in the Head

Peter Curran is a publisher, broadcaster, producer and failed drummer. He grew up in Belfast, the eldest of six children and worked on funfairs in the USA before moving to London, working as a carpenter then re-training as a BBC reporter. In 1992 he began to DJ full-time for the London radio station BBC GLR hosting a daily show with live music sessions from an eclectic range of artists such as Radiohead, The Staple Singers, Foo Fighters and Wu Tang Clan alongside interviews with authors, film makers and comedians.

He formed audio publisher Talking Music in 2011. They have published books on Eminem, Jimi Hendrix, The Beatles, Glam Rock, Acid House, Adele, The Clash and others, written and read by authors such as Charles Shaar Murray, Jane Bussmann and Barney Hoskyns. For Radio 4, Curran created Bunk Bed with co-writer Patrick Marber, a series of bizarre late-night conversations featuring music and archive speech, with Series 4 scheduled for June 2017. Peter’s project to record Revolution in the Head, Ian MacDonald’s classic book about The Beatles’ recording career came to fruition in 2015, voiced by well-known Beatles fans such as David Morrissey, Robyn Hitchcock and Danny Baker


Saturday 22 October, 17.30 Club Stage
Rough Trade at 40: Nostalgia or a new counterculture?