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Talking with Al Newman

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Talking with Al Newman

About Al Newman

Al graduated from Newcastle University with a First Class honours in Marine Biology. His love of music and skills as a DJ saw him move from science into publishing in 1999, cutting his teeth on the underground hip-hop magazine Fatboss, based in the offices of Blues and Soul magazine. Working in small team Al honed his skills in writing, interviewing and editing. His next job was an ambitious project for the clothing brand Maharishi, resulting in DPM: an Encyclopaedia of Camouflage, a two-volume, 944 page illustrated book exploring the camouflage pattern in nature, military and fashion. Fashion A-Z: An Illustrated Dictionary soon followed for Laurence King, before his book Greensleeves: The First 100 Covers for clothing brand Stussy, celebrating the album cover art of London-based reggae label Greensleeves Records.

Al is passionate about music and his publications reflect this, particularly in the reggae and dancehall genres. In 2012 he founded One Love Books, a publishing house which has produced books including Clarks in JamaicaSound System Culture: Celebrating Huddersfield’s Sound Systems and In Fine Style: The Dancehall Art of Wilfred Limonious. His publications have received rave reviews from the likes of The Guardian, Vogue, i-DCreative Review, BBC NewsnightThe Telegraph and Times Literary Review. Al doesn’t do things by halves and it’s his attention to detail that makes his beautifully crafted books so special.

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