UPLINK 31: MUSIC AND ASTRONOMY – ANCIENT TRADITIONS
Join us on Thursday 26th November for Uplink 31 with astronomy journalist Dr Stuart Clark and Editor of Prog magazine, Jerry Ewing for a discussion titled Music And Astronomy – Ancient Traditions. We’ll be charting the ancient origins of our fascination with the stars right up to present day where there isn’t an area of art, music, or culture that isn’t inspired by our endless quest to discover and explain what’s out there. We’ll be live from 7pm (GMT) / 8pm (CET) here (don’t forget to subscribe).
Journalist, award-winning author and broadcaster, Stuart Clark is a brilliant storyteller. Fiction or non-fiction, his work is written with conviction and with passion. In recent years, he has devoted his career to presenting the complex and dynamic world of astronomy to the general public. His latest book is Beneath The Night: How the stars have shaped the history of humankind is a history of humanity, told through our relationship with the night sky. From prehistoric cave art and Ancient Egyptian zodiacs to the modern era of satellites and space exploration, the book explores a fascination shared across the world and throughout millennia. Stuart holds a first-class honours degree and a PhD in astrophysics. A Visiting Fellow at the University of Hertfordshire, he is a Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society and a former Vice Chair of the Association of British Science Writers. But it was his first work of narrative nonfiction, The Sun Kings, that established him as a popular science writer par excellence. Without fail the reviews, ranging from Nature to Bookslut.com, remarked on his exceptional storytelling ability and sheer verve of his writing. It was shortlisted by the Royal Society for their 2008 general science book prize, it won Italy’s 2009 Montselice Prize for best scientific translation, and the Association of American Publishers 2007 Professional and Scholarly Publishing Award for Excellence in the Cosmology and Astronomy category. Stuart is a regular contributor to national and international programmes – radio and television – and DVD productions. He frequently lectures throughout the UK and, increasingly, throughout the world.
Jerry Ewing is the Editor of Prog magazine, which he founded in 2009. He also founded Classic Rock magazine, in 1998. Recognised as one of the world’s foremost experts on the progressive rock music genre, Jerry has been working as a rock music journalist for over 30 years. In 2018 he published Wondrous Stories: A Journey Through the Landscape of Progressive Rock, which charts the in-depth history of prog rock, from the origins of the genre to the highs of the 60s and 70s, to its contemporary resurgence with artists such as Steven Wilson and Opeth. Wondrous Stories also notes the prog influences on art rock bands such as Muse and Radiohead and highlights include the story of the ‘big six’ of progressive rock: Pink Floyd, Genesis, Yes, King Crimson, Jethro Tull, and Emerson Lake & Palmer.
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