DAVID HEPWORTH (born 27 July 1950) is a music journalist, writer and
publishing industry analyst who has launched several successful
British magazines. He was instrumental in the foundation of a number
of highly popular magazines in the 1980s, 1990s and 2000s, and a
driving force behind "
Smash Hits " in its 1980s heyday. He
co-presented the BBC broadcast of
* 1 Early life * 2 Career * 3 Books * 4 References * 5 External links
He was born in
His career in journalism began with contributions to NME and Sounds . He joined the newly launched Smash Hits magazine in 1979, and two years later, after turning it around financially, became its editor. In 1983 he launched Just Seventeen , a perennially popular magazine for teenage girls, and in 1984 Looks. Since then he has launched several other magazines, including Q (1986), More (1987), Empire (1988), Mojo (1993), Heat (1999) and The Word (2003). He is currently director of the publishing company Development Hell.
In the early 1980s he presented the BBC's
Old Grey Whistle Test and
was one of the presenters covering
* The Secret History of Entertainment. London: Fourth Estate, 2010. ISBN 0-00-719011-5 * Never a Dull Moment. New York: Henry Holt, 2016. ISBN 978-1-62779-399-5 * Uncommon People: The Rise and Fall of the Rock Star. Bantam, 2017.
* ^ Dylan, Jones. "The Eighties: One Day, One Decade". Random House, 6 Jun 2013 * ^ David Hepworth. The Guardian