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Robin Turner

Robin Turner has worked in music on and off since first promoting gigs in his hometown  of Newport, Gwent in 1990. He has worked as a music PR since 1993, looking after press campaigns for acts including Underworld, The Chemical Brothers, Primal Scream, Beth Orton, The Charlatans, Charlotte Church and Steven Wilson. While working at Heavenly Recordings in 1994, he conceived The Heavenly Sunday Social club, which later evolved into The Social bar in central London (which he is still a partner in). During lockdown, The Social has existed as an online magazine – The Social Gathering – edited by Robin, The Social’s Carl Gosling and Lee Brackstone of White Rabbit Books. 

Robin co-authored two prescient books with writer Paul Moody about the plight of the UK’s public houses: The Rough Pub Guide and Looking for the Moon Under Water (the Search for the Perfect Pub). His selective history of the first thirty years of Heavenly was described as an ‘epoch defining tale’ in Mojo, praised by Record Collector (“It’s hard to remember a book about a record label as flat-out enjoyable”). Electronic Sound made it their book of the year; it was also one of the books of the year in Rough Trade, The i and the New Statesman. 

In 2008, Robin helped launch the Caught by the River website with Jeff Barrett and Andrew Walsh. He remains involved in the influential nature and culture site to this day. 

He is the author of Believe in Magic: Heavenly Recordings – The First 30 Years, published by White Rabbit in 2020. 

Genres: Music Writing, Non-Fiction

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