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News April 2021:

We are delighted to announce that This Day in Music Books have three titles nominated for the 2021 Association for Recorded Sound Collections Awards for Excellence in Historical Recorded Sound Research.

Rock ‘N’ Roll Fantasy – The Musical Journey of Free and Bad Company
A-Ha: Down to the Tracks
Some Might Say: The Definitive Story of Oasis

This Day in Music Books have published books on Prince, Madonna, Oasis, A-Ha, Bruce Springsteen, Bob Dylan, Jimi Hendrix, Led Zeppelin, Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark, The Smiths, Black Sabbath, Queen, Iron Maiden, The Clash, The Wedding Present and  The Jam.

Books for 2021 include, Kim Wilde: Pop Don’t Stop, Finding Fretless: The story of George Harrison’s mad guitar, Shaun Ryder’s Book of Mumbo Jumbo, Neuron: Smart Wellness Made Easy by Dr Julia Jones, along with books on Deacon Blue, Badly Drawn Boy, Harry Nilsson and Brix Smith.

Titles published in 2020 included official books with Simple Minds – Heart of the Crowd, Rock ‘N’ Roll Fantasy: The Musical Journey of Free and Bad Company and Killing Joke: A Prophecy Fulfilled.  Other titles in 2020 were Paul Weller: Photographs by Andy Crofts, It’s All Too Much by David Stark, Rush – The Day I Was There, Hickory Wind: The Biography of Gram Parsons and Pegasus Epitaph: The Story of the Legendary Rock Group Love.

Both Simple Minds – Heart of the Crowd and Rock ‘N’ Roll Fantasy: The Musical Journey of Free and Bad Company went to No.1 on the Amazon music new releases best sellers chart.

In 2020 we sold and shipped books to over 150 countries worldwide.

Heart of the Crowd box

Recently we had two of our authors (Andy McCluskey from Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark and David Gedge from The Wedding Present) appear at the Louder Than Words literary festival in Manchester, England, where they both carried out Q&A sessions to sold- out crowds.

This Day in Music Books sister site This Day in Music was launched in 1999 and is one of the longest-running music sites on the Internet.

This Day In Music brings together all the significant events in the history of rock and pop, the facts, the figures, the dates, the times and the places, and most of all the stars that made rock and pop the most vibrant art form of the 20th and 21st centuries.

Brands and companies TDIM have worked with include Universal Music, EMI Records, Warner Music, Rhino, Music Sales, Audio Boom, 7 Digital, I Like Music, Gibson, Music Magpie, The Cavern Club. TDIM has featured many times in the media on the BBC, NPR, Sky News, Virgin Radio, Heart Radio and countless radio stations around the world.

This Day in Music has also published a series of iPhone and iPad apps for Classic Rock magazine and some of the biggest acts in the world including Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, Bob Dylan and the Rolling Stones.


Meet The Team

Liz Sanchez
Liz Sánchez: Director

Liz has worked in music promotion for over 25 years, developing acts such as Take That, Lisa Stansfield, Natalie Imbruglia, Dave Matthews Band and The Jayhawks as well as working for Arista and RCA as Head of Regional TV promotions.

Other acts Liz has worked closely with include TLC, The Charlatans, Whitney Houston, Lloyd Cole, Glen Campbell, Joan Baez, Barenaked Ladies, Holly Johnson and Howard Jones.
Liz was also fundamental in the campaign to bring Eva Cassidy’s music to a wide audience resulting in three UK No.1 albums.

Liz launched Absolute PR in the late 90’s, clients including EMI, Warner Records, Island Records, Rhino Records, Gibson Guitars and Omnibus Press.

Neil Cossar: Director

Neil was in an 80’s band signed to Parlophone who made three albums but never troubled the charts! Spent seven years in the world of retail at HMV, and was part of the team who launched KFM Radio in Manchester, England presenting a nightly music show that featured debut sessions from Radiohead, Blur, The Charlatans and Lenny Kravitz.

He launched the TV and Radio promotion company Absolute PR with Liz Sànchez in 1997 working with many artists including Glen Campbell, Def Leppard, INXS, The Hollies, The Charlatans, Julian Lennon, David Bowie, Brian May, Kiki Dee and Jean Michel-Jarre

Neil also launched the award winning web site This Day in Music.com in 1999 and This Day in Music Books in 2018.

Bob Young: Director

Bob launched The Young Company on an unsuspecting world in 1990.

Bob believes that everybody should put something back to help those less fortunate than ourselves and therefore spends a lot of time in pursuit of various charitable causes

Any spare time Bob has is usually spent watching some form of sport, somewhere…anywhere!

Nigel Oakley
Nigel Oakley: Director

I grew up during the 60s as the pop music scene exploded. I have very fond memories of the how music formed the backdrop of my formative years. After University I worked in the Pharmaceutical industry before setting up a company of my own which I ran successfully until selling up 10 years ago. Working with the guys at this Day in Music Books has reawakened my interest in the music scene and I’m very happy to bring my business expertise to the party!

Mike Walsh: Artist Consultant

Mike Walsh is a music and media consultant, and artist manager, with decades of experience in broadcast, digital, and music businesses.

A Mercury Prize judge for the past four years, Mike is a member of the War Child UK music board and the Help Musicians Creative Advisory board.

At XFM / Radio X Mike hired and managed some of the biggest names in UK radio whilst giving first airplay, or playlists, to many artists from Adele, Mumford & Sons, Lana Del Rey, Biffy Clyro and Courteeners, to The 1975, Bastille, Blossoms, Catfish & The Bottlemen, Royal Blood and Gerry Cinnamon.

Mike has also staged award-winning live events with household names like Noel Gallagher, Liam Gallagher, Florence and The Machine, Ed Sheeran, Kings of Leon, Muse, George Ezra, Kasabian, Richard Ashcroft, Snow Patrol, Red Hot Chili Peppers and Paul Weller.

Mike worked TV and radio promotions at Parlophone Records in the late 90’s where his roster included Coldplay, Radiohead, Paul McCartney, Supergrass, The Beastie Boys, Queen, Pet Shop Boys and Blur.

Richard Houghton: In-house author

Author of more than a dozen This Day in Music Books titles, his published works include Heart of the Crowd (about Simple Minds), Pretending to See the Future (about OMD) and Sometimes These Words Just Don’t Have to be Said (about The Wedding Present), all of which were collaborations with the artists concerned.

Richard has also published books on Jimi Hendrix, The Beatles, Rolling Stones, Pink Floyd, The Smiths, The Jam, Prince and The Who.

Paula Flack: Artist Liaison

Paula spent over 10 years at EMI Music in marketing and project management of EMI Records back catalogue, soundtracks and new artist releases.

Paula worked across a wide range of music genres, working on many projects from inception. She managed the overall creative and marketing strategy for each release, across traditional and digital media and worked on promotion with many music icons.

Artists Paula has worked with include Bobby Womack, David Axelrod, Donovan, Dolly Parton, Glen Campbell, Jane Birkin, Jean Michel Jarre, Jethro Tull, Pet Shop Boys, Ron Goodwin, Roy Wood, ELO, Shirley Collins, Suzi Quatro, The Hollies and Tomoyasu Hotei.

Nick Lawrence: Consultant

After an awkward stint as Finance Director in both the City and media, Nick established various business, enjoying both success and failure!

With music part of his DNA he developed an independent record label, which lead to an underwhelming career as a DJ. At this point he realised that his skills and experience outside of creativity were the best way to support the thing he loved.

Nick is now Founder and CEO of Big Star Business Management www.bigstarbiz.co.uk acting for talent of all shapes and sizes, along with every other kind of business that constitutes the wonderfully complex music industry.

Malcolm Wyatt: In-house editor

Malc started out self-publishing Captains Log fanzine as a teenager in his native Surrey and with two decades behind him in regional journalism continues to interview and review various names from the world of music, comedy, arts and literature as a freelance writer and for his www.writewyattuk.com website.

A Lancashire-based dad of two with a love for punk, new wave, indie, ’60s soul, and geographically-challenged passions for Cornish holidays and Woking FC, he’s the author of This Day in Music’s Guide to The Clash, with plenty more publications lined up.

Dr Julia Jones: Consultant

Neuron founder, Dr Julia Jones, gained the nickname ‘Dr Rock’ because of her use of music and sound as a preferred brain tool, to improve the health of her clients.

Julia has authored two books: ‘The Music Diet: A Rock & Roll Guide to a Healthier, Longer Life’ and ‘Neuron: How to Master the Art of Smart Wellness’. She advises a broad range of clients and bodies, including, several C-Suite business leaders; the Education Task Force for the UK All Party Parliamentary Group for Artificial Intelligence, the Mayor of London’s Music Board, BBC Music & Dementia steering group; music industry wellbeing committees, elite sports organisations and clubs, sports professionals, celebrities and A-list musicians.

David Roberts: In-house Author

David is the author of music locations guidebooks Rock Atlas UK and USA and the biography of Stephen Stills: Change Partners and more recenty the author of the Amazon No.1 best seller Rock ‘N’ Roll Fantasy: The Musical Journey of Free and Bad Company.

Farther back in time, he was editor of the Guinness Book of British Hit Singles & Albums, Managing Editor for Rockopedia, Quarto / Firefly’s Rock Chronicles and content writer and film- maker at the O2’s British Music Experience in London.

Ian Thomas Cossar: Photographer

His father’s love of photography was his earliest inspiration. Herman Leonard (known for his unique images of jazz icons) and the great Ansel Adams are also amongst Ian’s influences. When not making photographs, he can be found listening to jazz, playing guitar or searching antique shops for vintage vinyl and Americana. Ian lives near the Suffolk coast with his wife and four children.

Gary Bishop: Designer
Qualified in graphic design and working in the industry for over 30 years in a variety of roles from design, artworking, reprographics and retouching, in various locations, from Guernsey to Singapore Gary has been working freelance for the last 25 years, for advertising agencies, publishers and printers working with clients from Barclays, Pret A Manger, National trust, Aviva and many local businesses.
Gary has designed over 12 books for This Day in Music including: our most recent books on Simple Minds, Rock N Roll Fantasy, Killing Joke and Paul Weller.
Gary has a passion for travel, photography, music, the arts and lately teaching himself to paint in oils. When not behind the desk he loves to get out on  his mountain bike or going to the beach for a BBQ, kitesurf or stand up paddle board in the fresh air and the not so blue sea that Norfolk offers… but feels lucky to be living there.
Tony Michaelides: North American Consultant

With an irrefutable reputation achieved over 30-plus years working with a stellar cast of clients (U2, The Stone Roses, David Bowie, New Order, The Police, Depeche Mode, Simply Red, Bob Marley, Massive Attack, REM, Matchbox Twenty, The Pixies, Elvis Costello, Genesis, Johnny Cash, Annie Lennox, Tom Petty, Peter Gabriel, and many more) it is not for nothing that U2’s manager, Paul McGuinness, has said, “Tony Michaelides has long been one of the UK’s foremost record promoters and undoubtedly one of the best that U2 have had the pleasure of working with.”

Wise Music Group

Headquartered in Berners Street, London, the group also maintains fully staffed offices in New York, Santa Monica, Paris, Madrid, Sydney, Copenhagen and Berlin. Wise Music oversees This Day in Music Books worldwide trade sales serviced through the Macmillan distribution network, which gives us the largest reach into booksellers in the UK and Europe. For North American distribution is with IPG which has a sales force across the US and Canada.

Sound Performance

Founded in 1994 and based in Greenwich, London, Sound Performance is a market leader for manufacturing to the music industry and all associated print and packaging. They are also specialists in project management and manufacturing of box sets and deluxe books.

Jon Baum
US Marketing and Promotions

Jon Baum has had an extensive career working with leading edge entertainment companies in the music, radio, concert/live event, print, digital, television and agency businesses. He is a member of both the original MTV and VH1 teams.

He has developed numerous successful integrated marketing, event and sponsorship programs for, among others, YouTube, Guitar World, Revolver Magazine, Pepsi, Reebok, Hard Rock, Eagle Vision, Wal-Mart, Concert TV, Budweiser, Mountain Dew, Sci-Fi Channel, Nike, Spike TV, Loews Theaters, Hasbro, Pantene, Virgin America, American Express, Lee Jeans, Kodak, Sony Pictures, Miramax, Universal Pictures and Music, American Airlines, Panasonic, and Polygram.

Jon was Vice President Marketing Partnerships for Clear Channel Communications where he created national multi-market integrated marketing programs. Programs included helping create the Jagermeister Music Tour and on sale programs for The Rolling Stones and David Bowie.  Prior to Clear Channel, Mr. Baum worked with Les Garland (co-creator of MTV) at The Box, America’s first interactive music television network and has worked on the creation and promotion of music videos including Dirty Dancing, The Eurythmics, Live Aid, MTV’s 120 Minutes, Headbangers Ball and Farm Aid for VH1. Mr. Baum while at ICM and in artist management has worked with a number of entertainers, including The Eagles, Fleetwood Mac, The Beach Boys, Randy Newman, Judy Collins, Phoebe Snow and The Kinks.

Jon helped to found Guitar Aficionado Magazine and created and produced events and promotions with Fender, Gibson, Guitar Center, Live Nation, AEG and Sony Music.

He is currently working with Mobile Fidelity Sound Labs and MusicDirect.com on high end artist audio projects including Eagles, Eric Clapton, David Crosby and Weezer.

Phil Chapman
Head of technology and logistics

Phil has over forty years IT industry experience and a life-long love of music.

In addition to looking after information technology and logistics for This Day In Music Books, Phil found time to pen This Day In Music’s Guide To Queen.

Phil spends his evenings “annoying the neighbours with his punk rock electric guitar”.

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