There’s a new release from Obverse Books you might well want to add to your collection — Radiophonic Times by Peter Howell. The full press release is below, or just follow the link!
40 Years with the Radiophonic Workshop, in the studio and on the road
In a career which stretches from Dante to Doctor Who, Peter Howell has been a folk singer, author, lecturer, electronic pioneer and all points in between. He is best known, however, as a member of the legendary BBC Radiophonic Workshop, in which role he recreated the iconic Doctor Whotheme tune for the 1980s, and worked with some of the biggest names in the entertainment industry, composing for a wide range of programmes and projects.
More recently, he has toured as a member of the Radiophonic Workshop live band, reaching a whole new generation of fans. Asked why he had decided to write his autobiography, Peter explained:
“Over the years, people have suggested that one of the Radiophonic Workshop composers should write a book. I was always reluctant because there were already books out there that described the history of the Workshop, and I couldn’t see the need for yet another.
It was only when the Radiophonic Workshop formed a touring band, and when time after time the most bizarre things happened at our various concert venues, that I started to visualise how a book might work. It would be a way of recounting all those recent experiences alongside stories of my career in music for TV between 1974 and 1998.
For those of us still promoting the Radiophonic brand, the ethos of the Workshop is still going strong, twenty two years after the BBC department closed.”
Publisher Stuart Douglas of Obverse Books added:
“When I first spoke to Peter – a musician whose records I had been listening to for years, and whose music I had known for decades – it was with a mixture of delight and trepidation, fearing that he might be a bit of a techno boffin who only talked about oscillators and pitch control.
But in fact, he was entirely down to earth and had a wealth of great , often very funny, stories about his time in the Radiophonic Workshop and then in the band which followed. It’s been an absolute pleasure to work on his autobiography with him, and I’m certain music and television fans will love the book.”
RADIOPHONIC TIMES is published on 5 April 2021 in paperback and electronic formats, and will be available direct from Obverse Books and selected online retailers.