Access All Areas: 50 Years Of Popular Music

A one-off evening for music fans and pop culture connoisseurs of the past 50 years Running from
Last event: Sunday 27 November 2022 at 2.30pm
  • £13 / Non-members: £15 (each ticket is subject to a £1.50 booking fee)
    Young Storyhouse Card discount available

Members get 10% off tickets at Storyhouse. Moonlight Flicks and Grosvenor Park Open Air Theatre. £4 month, no commitment, priority booking, no fees, instant access, two tickets per member.

  • Garret Theatre

Part of: Chester Literature Festival 2022

Due to an unforeseen illness this event has been postponed and will now take place on Sunday 27 November. All ticket holders will be contacted with more information.

A one-off evening for music fans and pop culture connoisseurs of the past 50 years

‘Too often we treat popular music as wallpaper surrounding us as we live our lives. Jude Rogers shows the emotional and cerebral heft such music can have. It’s a personal journey which becomes universal. Fascinating’ – Ian Rankin on The Sound of Being Human by Jude Rogers

Go behind the scenes of 50 years of popular music with industry stalwarts as they explore music’s power to tell our own stories, why music plays such a deep-rooted role in our lives,
and how they witnessed first-hand the changes in the cultural landscape, through the lens of popular music – plus hilarious tales of life in the industry.


Prolific music author, journalist and spoken word artist John Robb (author of The Nineties, Punk Rock: An Oral History, The North Will Rise Again: Manchester Music City; The Stone Roses and The Resurrection of British Pop and many more) – creator of festivals The North Will Rise Again and Louder Than Words.

Acclaimed journalist, lecturer, critic and author Jude Rogers (author of Pop! and The Sound of Being Human)

DJ, film producer and member of Saint Etienne Bob Stanley

‘Moving and absorbing, The Sound of Being Human mixes memoir, analysis, anecdote and personal chronicle into a mosaic that evokes what music means to the individual and the human tribe. A candid, beautiful read’ Stuart Maconie on The Sound of Being Human by Jude Rogers

‘An absolute landmark/joy/gossip-fest/door to Narnia: the history of pop music before rock’n’roll. Fascinating. I can’t recommend it enough.’
Caitlin Moran on Yeah Yeah Yeah by Bob Stanley

‘A love song to popular music’ – The Guardian on Yeah Yeah Yeah by Bob Stanley

‘A joyous, perfect guidebook, filled with smart thinking and communicable enthusiasm’ – The Guardian on Let’s Do It by Bob Stanley



Approx 60 mins

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Book Pod

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Garret Theatre

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