Portrait of  Dave Simpson Dave Simpson

david.simpson@hud.ac.uk | 01484 470000


Following the completion of his graduate studies, Dave has been a professional music journalist since 1988. After writing initially for Record Mirror and Melody Maker, he penned articles for a variety of magazines including i-D and Uncut. He has written reviews and features for the Guardian since 1995 and is the author of three books.

Research and Scholarship

Dave’s research and scholarly interests include youth culture, outsider artists, online and print journalism and football.


Record of the Day Live Reviewer of the Year 2005

The Fallen included in Times, Telegraph and Observer best music books of year 2008; Neon Filler “Top 10 books about music”

The Last Champions

"In just three and a half seasons, following almost a decade in the wilderness, Wilkinson transformed a relegation-threatened second-level side into League winners. The sheer size of the achievement has finally been given the recognition it deserves in The Last Champions. To put it into context, imagine Southampton winning the Premier League title in 2013-14. That is what Wilkinson and his players achieved and it is what makes this story so special and worthy of Simpson's insightful homage." (Simon Creasey When Saturday Comes) “Excellent book” (Yorkshire Post)

Teaching and Professional Activities

Module Leader for:

AIC2704 Writing For The Music Press (Year 2)

AIC2707 Issues in Contemporary Music (Year 2)

Teaching on:

AFC1016 Journalism: Principles and Practice (Year 1)

Supervising final year projects.