Music writer legend Gavin Martin came out of the vibrant late seventies Belfast punk scene where he was a key player with his Alternative Ulster fanzine before becoming one of the mainstays of the NME. These days he writes for the Daily Mirror and has never lost his acidic and fiery edge.

Recently, after decades of writing about music, he has started writing his own songs and they are great – powerfully romantic tales of music and what it means to him – this is great stuff in album of lyrical melody and great story telling.

Released and April 28th, the album’s 2nd single, ‘The Pistols Of Sex’ is a tale of The Sex Pistols as seen through the eyes of journalist Gavin Martin. The single finds him backed by ‘none more hip’ band Coquin Migale.

Gavins last single ‘The Revolutionary’ won acclaim and airplay from BBC Radio 6, BBC Ulster’s Ralph Mclean and BBC London’s Gary Crowley and praise from critics including The Telegraph’s Neil McCormick, Louder Than War editor John Robb, Record Collector’s Ian McCann and author Mat Snow.


Gavin Martin launched a storied career in music journalism when he published Northern Ireland punk fanzine Alternative Ulster in 1977, inadvertently giving title to Stiff Little Fingers punk anthem.
Gavin spent the next 40 years meeting, interviewing and studying legends. Writing for publications including NME, Uncut, The Independent, The Times and The Guardian Martin interviewed still living legends – Paul McCartney, Bruce Springsteen, Madonna, Tony Bennett, Chuck Berry and Willie Nelson – and now dead icons including Marvin Gaye, Willie Dixon, Nina Simone and Johnny Cash.

In 2017 drawing on his experiences, loves and fascinations Gavin will release an album Talking Musical Revolutions on End Of The Trail Records.

Talking Musical Revolutions is produced by Kelly Munro and centres on Gavin’s poetic spoken word pieces matched to music from artists including Family Jools, Coquin Migale, Summer Loving Torture Party and Pip Hall.

Tracks on the album include the Rory Gallagher tribute ‘The Revolutionary’, the Marvin Gaye saga ‘Long Hard Road To Be Free’, the Wilko Johnson commemorating ‘Wilko Is A Soldier’ and the self explanatory ‘Talking David Bowie Musical Revolutions Parts 1 – 2’. The war experience of Gavin’s late father, Jimmy, features in ‘My Daddy Went To Belsen’.

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Award winning journalist and boss of Louder Than War. In a 30 year music writing career, John was the first to write about bands such as Stone Roses and Nirvana and has several best selling music books to his name. He constantly tours the world with Goldblade and the Membranes playing gigs or doing spoken word and speaking at music conferences.


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