Rhodri Marsden

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Rhodri Marsden (born October 1, 1971)[1] is a London-based writer and musician.[2]

Journalism[edit]

Rhodri Marsden currently writes a weekly column for The Independent called "Life On Marsden", and a monthly "Cyberculture" spread for the same newspaper about technology and the internet. He previously wrote The Observer Music Monthly's "Guitarist Wanted" column, which required him to go undercover to audition for bands that he had no intention of joining. Apart from music and technology writing, Marsden is well known for his humorous, offbeat features written in an understated, self-deprecating style. Other publications he has written for include The Guardian, Time Out and Olive magazine. His first book, FWD This Link was published by Rough Guides in 2008[3] and his next, The Next Big Thing followed a year later.[4] A third, Crap Dates: Disastrous Encounters From Single Life, was published in February 2012[5] and features stories of people's terrible dates that were initially shared on Twitter and subsequently went viral.[6]

Music[edit]

From 1990-95 Marsden played guitar in London art-punk collective The Keatons, who notably supported Blur on their first tour of the UK but were thrown off for unprofessional conduct – as documented in Blur's biography, 3862 Days. He also sang with Gag, who recorded a Peel Session in 1993 – although Marsden had an earlier run-in with John Peel at the age of 17 when his fanzine, Glottal Stop, was the subject of a piece on Peel's show on BBC Radio Cambridgeshire.

In 2007 he worked on a DIY music project called "The Schema" – an attempt to get a single written, recorded, released and promoted on the internet in the space of a month. The accompanying video, directed by Alex de Campi and featuring Marysia Kay, became a hit on YouTube, but the single sold poorly.[7]

He currently plays with Scritti Politti, Kev Hopper's new project Prescott, Dream Themes[8] and post-Do Me Bad Things project Man Diamond, and played regularly in Frank Sidebottom's Oh Blimey Big Band before creator Chris Sievey's death in 2010. He has produced several recordings for the band Spearmint, and has released three albums of his own music under the name The Free French on Spearmint's record label, Hitback Records.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Marsden, Rhodri (2007-10-01). http://rhodri.livejournal.com/610625.html. Retrieved 2007-10-01.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  2. ^ Pax, Salam; Marsden, Rhodri; Wright, Gregor (2004-04-19). "Blog all about it". Arts (Guardian Unlimited). Retrieved 2007-09-27. 
  3. ^ FWD This Link, Amazon.co.uk
  4. ^ The Next Big Thing, Amazon.co.uk
  5. ^ "Crap Dates: Disastrous Encounters From Single Life: Amazon.co.uk: Rhodri Marsden: Books". Amazon.co.uk. Retrieved 2012-08-20. 
  6. ^ Yu, Justin (2011-08-22). "First dates from hell exposed in 140 characters | Crave - CNET". News.cnet.com. Retrieved 2012-08-20. 
  7. ^ Marsden, Rhodri (2007-09-04). "After becoming the No.1 sensation on YouTube can Rhodri Marsden take the charts by storm?". The Independent. Retrieved 2011-04-22. 
  8. ^ "The Lexington". The Lexington. Retrieved 2012-08-20. 

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