PAUL ROBERT MORLEY (born 26 March 1957) is an English music journalist . He wrote for the New Musical Express from 1977 to 1983 and has since written for a wide range of publications. He was a co-founder of the record label ZTT Records and was a member of the synthpop group Art of Noise . He has also been a band manager, promoter and television presenter.
* 1 Early life * 2 Career * 3 Personal life * 4 Cultural references * 5 Bibliography * 6 References * 7 External links
Morley was born in
Morley wrote for three Manchester area magazines in the late 1970s,
Penetration, Out There and Girl Trouble. He then went on to write for
NME, where he and colleagues such as
Ian Penman developed an
innovative style of music criticism that drew on critical theory and
other non-musical sources. After leaving the NME, he was a regular
For a period of time, Morley produced and managed Manchester punk
band the Drones . However, he first came to wider attention with a
brief appearance in the video for ABC 's "The Look of Love " (in which
he mimes the words "what's that?" in a call-and-response routine with
Martin Fry ), and some fame as co-founder, with
Morley is credited with steering the marketing and promotion of the phenomenal early success of ZTT's biggest act, Frankie Goes to Hollywood , heavily influenced by Deutsch Amerikanische Freundschaft 's image for Alles Ist Gut . Although it has never been confirmed, it is claimed that Morley authored the provocative slogans on the band's T-shirts (e.g. "Frankie Say Arm the Unemployed", "Frankie Say War! Hide Yourself").
He was the first presenter of
He was the focus of BBC Two's
How to Be a Composer
Morley is the author of Words and Music: the history of pop in the
shape of a city. The book is a journey through the history of pop; it
seeks to trace the connection between
Alvin Lucier 's experimental
audio recording, "
I Am Sitting in a Room " and
His other books include Ask: The Chatter of Pop (a collection of his music journalism) and Nothing, concerning his father's suicide and that of Joy Division singer Ian Curtis and such unhappy experience as the time Morley spent at Stockport Grammar School .
Morley teamed up with the Auteurs ' James Banbury to form the band
Infantjoy and in 2005 released an album entitled Where the Night Goes
Morley was married to Claudia Brücken with whom he has a son and a daughter.
He is the brother of filmmaker Carol Morley .
The Cure played a version of their song "Grinding Halt", retitled for
that performance as "Desperate
Journalist in Ongoing Meaningful Review
Situation", on the John Peel radio show, with new lyrics parodying
Morley's writing style after an unfavourable review of their debut
Three Imaginary Boys
* Ask: The Chatter of Pop (1986) * Nothing (2000) * Words and Music: A History of Pop in the Shape of a City (2004) * Joy Division: Piece by Piece: Writing About Joy Division 1977-2007 (2007) * Joy Division: Fragments (with Christel Derenne) (2009) * The North (And Almost Everything In It (2013) * Earthbound (2013) * I'll Never Write My Memoirs by Grace Jones (with Paul Morley) (2015) * The Age of Bowie (2016)
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