London Modern

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Pop goes London modern!


A ‘pop culture historian’, freelance writer, author, broadcaster and cultural commentator Travis Elborough will explore London’s modernist history through pop music, from the Barbican to A Clockwork Orange.

Travis Elborough
Writer, author, broadcaster and cultural commentator

Described by The Guardian as ‘one of the country’s finest pop culture historians’, Travis Elborough has been a freelance writer, author, broadcaster and cultural commentator for over two decades.

Elborough’s books include Wish You Were Here: England on Sea, The Long-Player Goodbye, a hymn to vinyl records that inspired the BBC4 documentary When Albums Ruled the World, in which he also appeared; Through the Looking Glasses: The Spectacular Life of Spectacles and Atlas of Vanishing Places, winner of Edward Stanford Travel Book Award in 2020.

A regular contributor to BBC Radio 4’s From Our Home Correspondent, he wrote and presented the five-part series, The Rise and Fall of the Antique for the station. With Bob Stanley from the band Saint Etienne, he also co-wrote the script for How We Used to Live, a BFI archive film directed by Paul Kelly, that premiered at the London Film Festival.