Richard King

Author and Music Business Survivalist

For the last eighteen years, Richard King has lived in the hill farming country of Radnor, Powys.

He is the author of 'Original Rockers', which was shortlisted for the Gordon Burn Prize, and 'How Soon Is Now?', both published by Faber. His most recent book, 'The Lark Ascending', was published in 2019, and was a Rough Trade, Mojo and Evening Standard Book of the Year.

Before his career as an author, King worked in the independent music business, co-founding the record label Planet Records in Bristol at the age of twenty-two.

He has also regularly worked as a curator, programming and producing events at the Barbican Centre, the Cultural Olympiad, London 2012, the Hay Festival, the International Festival of Apathy, and Green Man Festival, where he curated the Babbling Tongues stage for five years

King was an honorary founding partner of the DO Lectures.


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Richard King has spent nearly twenty years at the heart of independent music. Here he delivers a super insightful talk on the importance of true independence in industry. If you’re Indie-Indie-Indie, look away.
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