NOW 7 – Summer ‘86: Pete Selby

For this episode I had the great pleasure of chatting with author and music book publisher at Nine Eight Books, Pete Selby.

Amongst other accolades, Pete has co-authored two official books on the history of Now That’s What I Call Music”, and as Head of Music for Sainsburys, launched the exclusive ‘Own Brand’ vinyl record label with Saint Etienne’s Bob Stanley.

Pete and I travelled back to the summer of 1986 to discuss NOW 7. Along the way we also chatted about musical memories growing up, influences and the compilation market that led to the success of LPs such as the NOW and HITs series in the 1980s.

Expect starring roles in our conversation for – amongst others – Lovebug Starski, Wham!, Peter Gabriel, and honourable mentions for Mike Batt, the Grange Hill cast and (genuine forgotten 80s) Debbie Aimee!

I hope that you will enjoy sharing in our ’86 memories and insights. If you do, please spread the word and let me know your thoughts here or on Twitter with myself, Iain, @poprambler.




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