John L. Walters

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John L. Walters is a British editor, critic and composer. He was a founding member of the band Landscape, best known for the 1981 hit "Einstein A Go-Go", which reached number 5 in the UK charts. Walters subsequently produced and arranged records for Swans Way, Kissing the Pink, Twelfth Night, The Mike Gibbs Orchestra and pianist Mark Springer, and worked with other artists from the era including Kate Bush, Hot Gossip and Landscape colleague Richard James Burgess. From 1987 to 1997 Walters was a member of the "electronic jazz orchestra" Zyklus, with Neil Ardley, Warren Greveson and Ian Carr.

In 1992, with Laurence Aston, he co-founded the audio journal Unknown Public.[1] Aston and Walters also founded the SoundCircus label with pianist Joanna MacGregor and producer James Mallinson.

In 1997, after working for various newspapers and magazines, including the Architectural Review, he joined Eye magazine as managing editor, and subsequently became its editor and co-owner. He holds a degree in Maths with Physics from King's College London.

Walters also writes about creative music (including on jazz, electronica and world music) for The Guardian.

He is married to writer and journalist Clare Walters and has two daughters, circus artist Jessie Rose from the Hula Hoop trio Hoop La La (Semi-finalists, Britain’s Got Talent 2008) and student Rosie Walters.

Eye magazine[edit]

Walters has been the editor of Eye magazine since the publication of Eye no. 33 in 1999.[2] He became its co-owner (with art director Simon Esterson) after a management buy-out in 2008.[3] In January 2010 he was the co-curator of a one-day conference about music and design at St Bride Library, London.


  1. ^ Unknown Public website
  2. ^ Editorial, Eye no. 33, vol. 9, Autumn 1999.
  3. ^ Editorial, Eye no. 68, vol. 17, Summer 2008.

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