Atarah Ben-Tovim was made an M.B.E. (1980) - for services to children's music. She has an Honorary Doctorate of Music from the Council for National Academic Awards (1991) and is an Associate of both the Royal College of Music and the Royal Academy of Music. She was a child prodigy on the flute.
Douglas Boyd is a brilliantly gifted linguist but a musical drop-out.
Judi Dench is the foremost actress in British theatre. She was first acclaimed in 1960 as the Juliet for her generation, in the controversial Franco Zeffirelli production of ROMEO AND JULIET at the Old Vic. Her stage career has included productions with the RSC, National Theatre, West End and tours all over the world.She has triumphed in great Shakespearean leads, and on television and film, she has won several awards including an Oscar for her Queen Elizabeth I in SHAKESPEARE IN LOVE and a BAFTA for her title role in IRIS. She was made a DBE in 1988 and a Companion of Honour in 2005. Most recently she has starred in a diverse range of films including THE BEST EXOTIC MARIGOLD HOTEL, SKYFALL and the multi-Oscar-nominated PHILOMENA, the hit BBC TV series CRANFORD and alongside Ben Whishaw in PETER AND ALICE on stage in the West End.
Peter Guralnick is one of popular culture's greatest biographers and his 2-volume biography of Elvis is widely regarded as definitive.Visit the website for more www.peterguralnick.com, join on Facebook at www.facebook.com/peterguralnickofficial and follow on Twitter at https://twitter.com/PeterGuralnick.
IRON MAIDEN are one of the most internationally successful heavy metal bands of all time with over 80 million album sales to their name. In a career spanning more than three decades they have undertaken twenty World Tours, released fifteen studio albums, six live albums and numerous videos, DVDs and compilation albums earning them over four hundred platinum and gold discs, and countless accolades including an Ivor Novello Award for International Achievement in 2002, a Brit Award for Best British Live Act in 2009 and a US Grammy Award for Best Metal Performance in 2011.Visit their website for more www.ironmaiden.com, follow on Twitter https://twitter.com/ironmaiden, join them on Facebook www.facebook.com/ironmaiden and watch them in action on YouTube www.youtube.com/ironmaiden.
Nick Mason was a founder member of Pink Floyd as drummer/percussionist. He is the only member of the band to survive from its foundation and has played on every Pink Floyd album. He has produced music for TV commercials and played and produced several albums for other bands. His solo album NICK MASON'S FICTICIOUS SPORTS was released in 1981. His other passion is motor cars and he has taken part in the Le Mans 24-hour race. For years he has accumulated images and memorabilia associated with the band with a view to writing their definitive history.
JOHN McMURTRIE has been one of the rock world's most highly respected and sought-after photographers of the last decade. His dynamic and vibrant style of photography is regularly seen on the front covers of the metal press and within the music industry. John has been IRON MAIDEN's official photographer since 2006.
Mac Montandon is a music journalist based in New York. In the nineties he lived a Waitsian existence in Los Angeles. His favourite Tom Waits album is 1976's Small Change.
As well as being the author of This is Uncool: The Greatest 500 Singles Since Punk and Disco, Garry Mulholland has contributed frequently to The Guardian and Time Out. He currently writes for The Observer Music Monthly.Follow on Twitter at https://twitter.com/GarryMulholland
Alan Parker joined his first punk band in 1979, and lived for three months with Sid Vicious's mother. The punk co-ordinator for EMI and Sony UK, he knows virtually every major punk figure in the UK, and many in the USA, and is the author of several books on punk.
Guy Pratt started out in eighties band Icehouse, who suddenly found themselves supporting David Bowie on his 'Serious Moonlight' tour of 1983. Since then he's played bass with everyone, from The Smiths, Pink Floyd, Michael Jackson and Madonna, through to Iggy Pop, The Pretenders and Echo and the Bunnymen. His live show was a success at 2005's Edinburgh festival, and he had a nationwide string of dates in 2006.
After a brief period at the Royal College of Art in London, Gerald Scarfe established himself as a satirical cartoonist, working for Punch and Private Eye during the early 60s. He has had many exhibitions worldwide, including New York, Osaka, Montreal, Los Angeles, Sydney, Melbourne, Chicago and London, and 50 one-man shows. He has designed the sets and costumes for plays, operas and musicals in London, Houston, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Seattle and New Zealand; written, directed and appeared in many live action and documentary films for BBC and Channel 4; and published many books of his work. Scarfe has been political cartoonist for the London Sunday Times for over 40 years, and has worked for The New Yorker for 17 years. His work regularly appears in many periodicals. Gerald Scarfe received a CBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours 2008. He has had a long association with Pink Floyd - as the designer and director of animation for the Floyd live show Wish You Were Here in 1974, for The Wall between 1970-73 and for Roger Waters' The Pros and Cons of Hitchhiking in 1984.
Vikram Seth was born in 1952. He trained as an economist and has lived for several years each in England, California, China and India. He is the author of A Suitable Boy, which was an international number one bestseller, An Equal Music and several other novels. He has also written seven volumes of poetry including Beastly Tales and Summer Requiem.
David Sheppard is a well-respected music journalist. He's written for numerous publications, including Mojo, Q, Uncut and the Observer. He's the author of two previous biographies of Leonard Cohen and Elvis Costello.
Phil Strongman was at the 100 Club in 1976 when the Sex Pistols first performed there, was an extra in The Great Rock 'n' Roll Swindle, and has known many of punk's greatest figures for many years. He is a journalist and author.
Neil Taylor worked for the NME during the mid-1980s and has more recently worked in publishing. He is a dedicated regionalist and now lives in Winchester.
Mick Wall is the UK's best-known rock writer, author and TV and radio programme maker, and is the author of numerous critically-acclaimed books, including definitive, bestselling titles on Led Zeppelin (When Giants Walked the Earth), Metallica (Enter Night), AC/DC (Hell Ain't a Bad Place To Be), Black Sabbath (Symptom of the Universe), Lou Reed, The Doors (Love Becomes a Funeral Pyre) and Foo Fighters. He lives in England.http://www.mickwall.com/home.htmhttp://www.mickwall.com/blog/blog.phphttps://twitter.com/WallMick