Rob Chapman (journalist)

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Rob Chapman (born 1954) is an English music journalist and rock musician, best known as the vocalist for the defunct post-punk band the Glaxo Babies.


He was the singer with the Bristol-based band the Glaxo Babies and with the British alternative rock band The Transmitters, a music journalist for Mojo[1] and other magazines and newspapers, he made some broadcasting with the BBC National Network,[2] wrote some books, including an acclaimed Syd Barrett biography, Syd Barrett: A Very Irregular Head (2010),[3] and a rock-novel, Dusk Music (2008).

In 2007 he was appointed Senior Lecturer in Music Journalism at the University of Huddersfield.[4][5]


Vocals, with the Glaxo Babies

  • This Is Your Life, EP, Heartbeat Records, 1979
  • Christine Keeler, single, Heartbeat Records, 1979
  • Various, Avon Calling – The Bristol Compilation, 33t, Heartbeat Records, 1979 ("It's Irrational"); 2×CD, Cherry Red, 2005 ("It's Irrational", "This Is Your Life", "Who Killed Bruce Lee?", "Christine Keeler", "Nova Bossa Nova")
  • Various, Labels Unlimited – The Second Record Collection, 33t, Cherry Red, 1979. ("Who Killed Bruce Lee?")
  • Peel session, 17/04/1979, BBC Radio One, diffusion 26/04/1979. ("It's Irrational", "Who Killed Bruce Lee?", "Burning", "She Went To Pieces").
  • Put Me On The Guest List, LP, RTC/Heartbeat Records, 1980; CD, Birdsong/Hayabusa Landings (J), 2007
  • Dreams Interrupted: The Bewilderbeat Years 1978–1980, CD-compilation, Cherry Red, 2006
  • The Porlock Factor: Psych Dreams and Other Schemes 1985–1990, CD-compilation, Cherry Red, 2007

Vocals with The Transmitters

  • And We Call That Leisure Time, LP, Heartbeat Records, 1981; CD, Birdsong (J), 2007
  • Peel session, Transmitters, 22/07/1981, BBC Radio One, diffusion 29/07/198110. ("Joan Of Arc", "Love Factory", "Dance Craze", "Voodoo Woman In Death Plunge/ The Rent Girls Are Coming")


  • Rob Chapman, Syd Barrett : A Very Irregular Head, Faber and Faber (GB), 2010. ISBN 978-0-571-23854-5 / Da Capo Press (USA), 2010. ISBN 978-0-306-81914-8 (Biography)
  • Rob Chapman, Dusk Music, Flambard Press, 2008. ISBN 978-1-873226-95-7 (Novel)
  • Rob Chapman, Album Covers From The Vinyl Junkyard, Booth-Clibborn Editions, 1997 et 2000. ISBN 978-1-86154-075-1 (From a show at the Bluecoat Gallery, Liverpool, 1996.)
  • Rob Chapman, Selling the Sixties : The Pirates and Pop Music Radio, Routledge, 1992. ISBN 0-415-07970-5 (From his M.Phil in Mass Communications at the University of Leicester.)


  1. ^ See : a selection on his personal page and a List of articles on Rock's Back Pages
  2. ^ According to his academic page : Radio One : Arts Programme 'The Guest List’, History Of Ambient Music, History Of The Pop Press. Radio Two : Radio Two Arts Programme. Radio Four : Kaleidoscope. Radio Five : Danny Baker’s Morning Edition, Hit The North.
  3. ^ See : Sean O'Hagan (The Observer, 25/04/2010), Toby Litt (The Guardian, 08/05/2010), Sam Taylor (The Telegraph, 07/05/2010), Jude Rogers (The New Statesman, 13/05/2010), John Walsh (The Independent, 30/04/2010), Lynn Barber (The Sunday Times, 25/04/2010) and Q&A with Rob Chapman,
  4. ^ "Rob Chapman - Music, Humanities and Media". University of Huddersfield. Archived from the original on 3 October 2011. Retrieved 18 July 2014.
  5. ^ "Biography". Rob Chapman. Retrieved 18 July 2014.

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