Thomas Dolby: The Speed of Sound | An evening of stories & music

Thursday, 6th July 2017

From 7:00pm to 8:28pm

Rough Trade East

Join Thomas Dolby at Rough Trade East for a very special evening of stories and music, celebrating the release of his new memoir The Speed Of Sound.

7.00pm Q&A Starts // 8.00pm Finishes // 8.30pm Store closes.

Thomas Dolby is a five-time Grammy nominee, whose ‘She Blinded Me With Science’ reached number 5 on the US Billboard charts in 1982, appeared in Breaking Bad, and was even covered by The Muppets…

Based on his meticulous notes and journals, The Speed of Sound chronicles Dolby’s life in the music business during the eighties; in Silicon Valley through the nineties, and at the forefront of the mobile phone revolution around the turn of the millennium – it was Dolby who created the synthesizer installed day on most mobile phones.

With humour and a considerable panache for storytelling, The Speed of Sound is a revealing look behind the curtain of the music industry, as well as a unique history of technology over the past thirty years. From sipping Chablis with Bill Gates to visiting Michael Jackson at his mansion or viewing the Web for the first time on Netscape founder Jim Clark’s laptop, this is both the view from the ultimate insider and also that of a technology pioneer whose groundbreaking ideas have helped shape the way we live today.

Speed of sound

Thomas Dolby became one of the most recognisable figures of the synth pop movement of early-’80s new wave. He played synth on Foreigner’s 4, Def Leppard’s Pyromania and Joan Armatrading’s Walk Under Ladders and supported David Bowie at Live Aid. He also wrote the score for Fever Pitch. His last studio album was 2011’s A Map of the Floating City, which featured with guest appearances from Mark Knopfler, Regina Spektor, Imogen Heap, and others.

‘Engaging, emotional, funny and surprising’

JJ Abrams
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