Dave Laing

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Dave Laing in 2012

David William "Dave" Laing (born 1947)[1] is an English writer, editor, and broadcaster, specialising in the history and development of pop and rock music. He has been a research fellow at the universities of Westminster and Liverpool.

Laing was editor of the monthly British music magazine Let It Rock from October 1972 to October 1973.[2] His books have included The Sound of our Time (1969), Buddy Holly (1970), The Electric Muse: the story of Folk into Rock (with Karl Dallas, Robin Denselow and Robert Shelton, 1975), and One Chord Wonders: Power and Meaning in Punk Rock (1985). In the mid-1970s he was co-editor of one of the first reference books on rock music, The Encyclopedia of Rock.[3] He co-authored, with Phil Hardy, The Faber Companion to 20th Century Popular Music (1995), and co-wrote, with Sarah Davis, The Guerrilla Guide to the Music Business (2001). He is also an editor of the Continuum Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World.[4] Laing has also written widely in music magazines and newspapers, including The Guardian.[5]


  1. ^ Dave Laing at WorldCat. Retrieved 3 July 2013
  2. ^ Laing, Dave (October 2010). ""The World's Best Rock Read": Let It Rock 1972-1975". Popular Music and Society. Retrieved 2014-04-23. 
  3. ^ JPMS Online: POP/IASPM-US Sounds of the City Issue, David Laing. Retrieved 2 July 2013
  4. ^ Author profile at Equinox Books. Retrieved 2 July 2013
  5. ^ Profile at The Guardian. Retrieved 2 July 2013