Leaders in Residence

Paul Morley

Paul Morley

Paul Morley is a Stockport born rock 'n' roll journalist.  He first made a name for himself as a journalist for the British music paper, New Musical Express (NME) in 1977 and around that time he had also been the manager as well as the producer of the Manchester punk band The Drones. After leaving NME, Paul co-founded a brand new record label in 1983 with Trevor Horn and his wife Jill Sinclair and worked as spokesperson and head of marketing. He named the new label Zang Tumb Tuum (ZTT), after reading the sound poem of the same name by Italian Futurist Filippo Tommaso Marinetti, which was the author's description of the sound of machine guns and cannons being fired during the Great War. ZTT’s first signing was Art Of Noise.  Paul became the fifth member and his role was to inject ideas into the group rather than contributing to the music itself along with giving titles to their music.

After leaving ZTT, Paul set up his first record label, entitled Sense, where one of the label’s signings was comedian Vic Reeves. During the 1990s the former Art of Noise member became a TV broadcaster, appearing on numerous television shows throughout the 90s and 2000s. Towards the end of the 1990s Paul returned to ZTT for a short time and was involved in the reformation of the Art of Noise along with two other original members. He also took to the stage as the group’s frontman during their 1999-2000 concerts.

Paul still writes and has written for the likes of The Observer, The Sunday Telegraph, GQ Magazine, The Guardian, Esquire and The New Statesman. In addition to that he has also been the author of a series of books including Ask: Chatter Of Pop, Words And Music: A History Of Pop In The Shape Of A City, Joy Division: Piece By Piece: Writing About Joy Division 1977-2007, and Nothing that deals with aspects of his own life in true Morley-style.