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David's Bookshop, Music & Cafe is located in Eastcheap, Letchworth Garden City, SG6 3DE
Letchworth Garden City, SG6 3DE

Music Journalist and Broadcaster, Pete Paphides will Talk About and Sign his Memoir, Broken Greek

We apologise but the event has been cancelled

  • Tue Apr 14, 2020 - 19:30
  • David's Bookshop

When Pete’s parents moved from Cyprus to Birmingham in the 1960s in the hope of a better life, they had no money and only a little bit of English. They opened a fish-and-chip shop in Acocks Green. The Great Western Fish Bar is where Pete learned about coin-operated machines, male banter and British­ness.

Shy and introverted, Pete stopped speaking from age 4 to 7, and found refuge instead in the bitter­sweet embrace of pop songs, thanks to Top of the Pops and Dial-A-Disc. From Brotherhood of Man to UB40, from ABBA to The Police, music provided the safety net he needed to protect him from the tensions of his home life. It also helped him navigate his way around the challenges surrounding school, friendships and phobias such as visits to the barber, standing near tall buildings and Rod Hull and Emu. With every passing year, his guilty secret became more horrifying to him: his parents were Greek, but all the things that excited him were British. Never have the trials and tribulations of growing up and the human need for a sense of belonging been so heart-breakingly and humorously depicted.

 

Pete Paphides wrote for Time Out, the Guardian, Mojo, Q, Observer Music Monthly and The Times, where he spent five years as their Chief Rock Critic. He has made several music documentaries for BBC Radio 4. He has been a regular contributor to BBC Four music documentaries and he also made a pilot for BBC 6 Music show, Vinyl Revival. Since 2015, he has hosted a weekly music show for Soho Radio.