Close Up

A series of onstage in-conversations, with Dave Haslam interviewing musicians, writers, actors and artists discussing their life and work. ‘Close Up’ events have featured the likes of writers Jonathan Franzen, Colson Whitehead, Michael Chabon, and Jackie Kay; the artist Jeremy Deller; musicians John Lydon, Kevin Rowland, David Byrne, Jarvis Cocker, Black Francis from the Pixies, Tracey Thorn, Wayne Coyne and Nile Rodgers; and actors John Thomson and Maxine Peake.

This onstage interview series has also gone abroad. In Jan 2014 Dave interviewed Laurent Garnier at the first of a series of ‘Close Up’ events at Silencio, Paris. In April 2016 he interviewed designer Peter Saville at Santeria, Milan. Some transcripts archived here.

Book news June 2021

‘My Second Home: Sylvia Plath in Paris, 1956’ – the fourth, and most recent, of Dave Haslam’s small format limited edition books in his Art Decades series was published on October 20th 2020. More information here;

Go here for information on the previous 3 books in the series;

Book events

Dave Haslam will be doing various talks, Q&As, and book events throughout 2021. He’ll be discussing his DJing, and his writing – including his memoirs, ‘Sonic Youth Slept on My Floor: Music, Manchester & More’, and his recent books (in his limited edition ‘Art Decades’ series) ‘Searching For Love: Courtney Love in Liverpool, 1982’, and the newest in the series, ‘My Second Home: Sylvia Plath in Paris, 1956’.

Books will be available to buy at all events.

September 2021 Book events (more TBC)

***Thursday September 2nd 2021*** London, 21Soho with guest interviewer Lemn Sissay

***Wednesday September 8th 2021*** Glasgow, Broadcast

***Thursday September 16th 2021*** Hull, Wrecking Ball with Lucy Nicol


***Monday July 5th 2021 Dave Haslam DJing at Festival Square (Cathedral Gardens), Manchester International Festival. 8pm-10pm.  Free admission, no ticket required.

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