Post-Punk Poet: An interview with Dick Witts of The Passage

Rupert Loydell, Richard Witts

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Richard 'Dick' Witts is a professional musicologist music historian, and ex leader of 1980s band the Passage. He was born in Cleethorpes, Lincolnshire, and studied at the Royal Manchester College of Music and briefly at Manchester University. During this time he was a member of the Hallé Orchestra as a percussionist. During the mid-1970s he wrote for the contemporary classical music magazine Contact and was also involved in starting the Manchester Musicians Collective. This led to contact with the growing punk scene and he formed The Passage, producing their recordings and singing on many of their releases. He presented the BBC television programme Oxford Road Show in the early 1980s and was also a reporter for BBC Radio 3. During the late 1980s he became involved in arts administration roles. He subsequently wrote a critical history of the Arts Council of Great Britain (1998), as well as books on Nico (1993) and The Velvet Underground (2006). Dick now lives in Liverpool and is Reader in Music and Sound, and Programme Leader for the Music, Sound, Enterprise programme. The Passage. Post-Punk Poets (2017), a collection of lyrics and visual material, was recently published by Eyewear Publishing.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)415-423
JournalPunk and Post Punk
Volume6
Issue number3
Early online date30 Sep 2017
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Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 30 Sep 2017

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Post-Punk Poet: An interview with Dick Witts of The Passage. / Loydell, Rupert; Witts, Richard.

In: Punk and Post Punk, Vol. 6, No. 3, 30.09.2017, p. 415-423.

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