Liverpool Sound City 2014: John Cale and Thurston Moore head up Conference speakers


Sound City 2014 set to host Velvet Underground and Sonic Youth legends as Conference speakers at Hilton Hotel.

Liverpool Sound City 2014 will host iconic music figures John Cale and Thurston Moore on their Conferences this year.
Liverpool Sound City’s will also feature the former head of the FA and former CEO of Liverpool Football Club Rick Parry as keynote speaker at this year’s conference – which will cover the three themes of style, music and football.
Getintothis revealed the themes earlier this year, with David Pichilingi, CEO of Sound City, saying: “We promised a step change this year and we have delivered. John and Thurston are two of the biggest global names in music – not just for the records they’ve made but the artists they have inspired and the sub-cultures they’ve inspired.
Cale and Moore formed two of the most influential bands of the twentieth century in The Velvet Underground and Sonic Youth.
Continuing to influence and impact on the industry, Cale has since recorded 15 solo studio albums including his 1973 album Paris 1919, and produced or collaborated with the Patti Smith Group, Squeeze, The Stooges and The Happy Mondays.
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David Pichilingi added: “For decades right up to the present day being into the Velvets or Sonic Youth isn’t just a decision to buy a record – it’s a lifestyle choice. These guys literally changed the world, what people listen to, what they think, how they dress.
Both John and Thurston will be discussing their careers to date, what influenced them, their relationships with other artists and cultural icons and a look to the future.
The worlds of music, literature and sport will collide at the conference when former chief executive of Liverpool Football Club and former head of the FA Premier League Rick Parry is interviewed by British novelist Kevin Sampson.
Appointed as CEO of The Premier League in February 1992, Parry is credited with overseeing its development into one of the top professional football companies in the world. Birkenhead-based Sampson, best known for his novels Awaydays and Powder.
The conference will also see sports correspondent and award-winning author James Corbett discussing the football industry. Having reported across the world for the likes of the BBC and the Guardian while also collaborating with Neville Southall and Howard Kendall on their autobiographies.
The following topics will be covered as part of the conference’s series of panels and debates:
* Is everybody Appy!? The importance of the tech and entertainment business (in terms of commercial music exploitation)
* The ‘pornification’ of pop culture
* The rebirth of vinyl – fad or trend?
* The death of music sub cultures or just old bastards moaning
* The importance and business of style in British pop culture
* Repackage and Redefine! Breathing life into well-worn brands. Are there any new lessons for the music business?
* Zero to Hero – The rise of the blogger!
* The new demagogues? – What can the music industry learn from the international football business (and vice versa)
Liverpool Sound City’s conferences run on May 1-2 in the Hilton Hotel and Liverpool ONE.
For more information – or to book your delegate pass visit here.
Further reading on Getintothis
Liverpool’s gig calendar 2014: Guide to essential gigs not to miss in the first third.
Getintothis‘ best of the rest 2013 part one: Top gigs, best event, The GIT Award.
Getintothis‘ best of the rest 2013 part two: Hero, label, festivals, posts.
Getintothis‘ best of the rest 2013 part three: best and worst albums, top tracks, venue, films, ups and downs.
Liverpool Sound City 2013: Top 10 bands and review round up of the festival
Liverpool Sound City 2013: Day Two round up
Liverpool Sound City 2013: Day One round up