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
    Issue number3
    Early online date30 Sept 2017
    Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 30 Sept 2017


    • Dick Witts
    • The Passage
    • Passage
    • post-punk
    • Manchester
    • punkmusic criticism
    • academia


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