Travis Elborough

Travis Elborough discusses with Ivan six things which should be better known.

Described by The Guardian as “one of Britain’s finest pop culture historians”, Travis Elborough has been a freelance writer, author, broadcaster and cultural commentator for two decades now. Elborough’s books include Wish You Were Here: England on Sea, The Long-Player Goodbye, a hymn to vinyl records that inspired the BBC4 documentary When Albums Ruled the World, in which he also appeared, and A Walk in the Park, a loving exploration of public parks and green space. His latest, Through the Looking Glasses: The Spectacular Life of Spectacles, was published in July 2021 to immediate acclaim, saluted as ‘fascinating’ by The Observer,  while New Statesman stated, ‘It will make you look at specs with fresh eyes.’

He has also collaborated on the popular and award-winning series of ‘Unexpected’ Atlases with the cartographers Alan Horsfield and Martin Brown, the most recent of which, Atlas of Vanishing Places, appeared in November 2021.

1. The American Friend https://www.criterion.com/current/posts/3866-the-american-friend-little-lies-and-big-disasters

2. The Colonnade Bar http://thecolonnadebrighton.co.uk/

3. The New York Novels of Dawn Powell https://www.nybooks.com/articles/1996/03/21/queen-of-the-golden-age/

4. A Secret Wish by Propaganda https://www.classicpopmag.com/2018/03/propaganda-a-secret-wish-review/

5. Waiting by Fun Boy Three https://www.allmusic.com/album/waiting-mw0000057846

6. Birkenhead Park https://birkenhead-park.org.uk/birkenhead-parks-conception-and-opening/

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