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Gary Numan talks to Dylan Jones

(R)evolution / Sweet Dreams

Winter Weekend 2020, 

From humble beginnings in Middlesex, where money was scarce but dreams were encouraged, to the award-winning godfather of electronica, Gary Numan has seen it all. His incredible story can be charted in two distinct parts – first, a stratospheric rise to success quickly followed by a painful decline into near obscurity and, second, a 20-plus year renaissance catalysed by a date with a super-fan.

Gary Numan is one of Britain’s most important and respected musical artists. He has been lauded by everyone from Prince, The Foo Fighters and Nine Inch Nails to Lady Gaga. He is considered a pioneer of electronic music and, in 2017, received the Ivor Novello Inspiration Award for song-writing.

Dylan Jones is the Editor-In-Chief of GQ Magazine and author of Sweet Dreams, charting the rise of the New Romantics, a scene that grew out of the remnants of post-punk and developed quickly alongside club culture, ska, electronica, and goth. One of the most creative entrepreneurial periods since the ’60s, the era had a huge influence on the growth of print and broadcast media, and was arguably one of the most bohemian environments of the late 20th century.