John Robb is a many-faceted creature. Bassist and singer for post-punk mainstays The Membranes, best selling author, radio and TV pundit, journalist, DJ, publisher, model (he fronted a Doc Martens campaign in 2016) and talking head. He also organises the ‘music and books’ event Louder Than Words.
He grew up in Blackpool before punk rock came along and saved his life. In 1977 he formed The Membranes – who were a big influence on Sonic Youth, Mercury Rev and Big Black post-hardcore American scene. The Membranes recently reformed and their 2016 ‘Dark Matter/Dark Energy’ became their best selling album yet. The band’s following album ‘What Nature Gives…Nature Takes Away’ was released in 2019.
He was one of the leading post-punk writers in the UK with his fanzine ‘Rox’, before he went on to write for the rock press with ‘Sounds’. Robb was the first person to interview Nirvana and many others like KLF, Stone Roses, Manic Street Preachers. He claims to have coined the expression “Britpop” and was instrumental in kick-starting and documenting the Madchester scene with his writing. John Robb has written many books, including the best-selling and definitive biog on the Stone Roses – ‘The Stone Roses And The Resurrection Of British Pop’, and ‘Punk Rock – An Oral History’ is considered to be one of the most important books on punk rock. His recent book ‘The Art Of Darkness/The History Of Goth is currently receiving high reviews and attention.
His website louderthanwar.com
is currently one of the most popular music and culture sites in the UK, and has been spun out as a nationally distributed magazine.