Dave Jennings – music journalist – RIPWe are sorry to have to report the death of Dave Jennings – former Melody maker and NME writer who died suddenly aged 54.

I knew Dave when I was writing for Melody Maker and got to know him fairly well and he was a gentle and quietly passionate soul who loved music and wrote about music untarnished by fashion and any of the other distractions. He would champion bands like the Wedding Present despite them being considered uncool at the time!

From the same school of writing as Steve Lamacq – that world of dredging the pub circuit for the undiscovered egems of talent Dave was one of those writers who lived for the music and would always be supportive of new bands and use his position to encourage them.

Famously it was Dave who inadvertantly named Daft Punk back in 1993 via a review of their earlier act Darlin’.

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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.


  1. I read this today in WSC and was shocked. I too knew Dave during his time at Melody Maker and had many great debates with him at gigs. In fact because of meeting him at a show at the ICA i changed the way I acted at gigs. I mentioned to him that i wanted to dance but as there were only 4 punters there due to the cancellation of the headliner i felt rather self concious. He mentioned this in the review and I vowed to do what i liked at all future gigs!

    A man truly passionate about his music and his beloved Bradford City.

    I hoped they played The Weddoes at his funeral.


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