Welcome

Heath Common is the co-Managing Director of H4H Music Publishing, a songwriter with Hi4Head records, a journalist, a broadcaster, a presenter, an interviewer and a poet. He was formerly a Head Teacher at an innercity secondary school in Manchester. 

During recent years, Heath Common has interviewed a wide selection of  musicians, poets, academics, and other luminaries from the worlds of music, politics and art.

Some highlights from the last year (2019)…


The Beatles 50 Years After The Break-Up – 2019

Heath with Tony Barrell (“The Beatles 50 Years After The Break-Up” tour at the Cat Club)

Heath Common undertook a wide variety of interviews with many different, internationally renowned Beatles scholars 50 years after the break up of The Beatles. These ‘Beatles gurus’ included:

  • Ken Womack (USA)
  • Ken McNab (UK)
  • Tony Barrell (UK)

Heath also interviewed many close associates of The Beatles, many of whom were friends and supporters of The Fab Four long before they were famous. 

 

 

 


Kerouac Lives! Tour – 2019

Kerouac Lives! Heath with Beat scholar Doc. Simon Warner (Leeds University)

Kerouac Lives! Heath with Beat scholar Doc. Simon Warner (Leeds University)

Heath Common undertook many interviews with Doctor Simon Warner from Leeds University. This tour around the UK was entitled “Kerouac Lives”.

Due to the significant success of this tour, Doctor Simon Warner and Heath Common have been booked for a series of additional dates during 2020. All of these dates will once again operate under the title of  “Kerouac Lives”. It is anticipated that this tour will also include celebrated figures from the Beat movement who will travel across from the USA. 

Watch this space! 


Ilkley Literary Festival – 2019

Ilkley Literary Festival - 2019

Interviews conducted with James Riley author of “The Bad Trip”


Harrogate Book Festival.

Harrogate Book Festival.Interviews with local poets about a possible future for poetry in the North Yorkshire territories and elsewhere. 

 

 


Louder Than Words Festival Manchester – 2019

Louder Than Words - Jo Woods

Jo Wood, Heath Common & Honor Byford

Various interviews conducted with Doctor Simon Warner (Leeds University), Ken McNab, Ken Womack and many others.


Womad Festival – 2019

Interviews with musicians about of the importance of global and cultural exchange for the music industry.  


Cat Club Pontefract – 2019

Heath Common conducted many interviews throughout the year at The Cat Club focussing on albums from The Beatles, The Who, Dr John, The Jam, The Stone Roses and many other major figures from the world of contemporary music. 

 

 


About Heath

Heath Common began his musical career playing in New York City with Robert Lockwood and Johnny Shines – the stepson and close friend, respectively, of the legendary blues musician, Robert Johnson. Following this, Heath Common worked with – and was greatly influenced by – many major figures  in the New York ‘Art Rock’ scene of the 1980s and early 1990s. Subsequently, Heath Common worked with the guitarist John Fahey  and the British indie act, The Rhythm Sisters and he continues to work closely with many of the surviving figures from the Beat Movement.

He is a published poet.

‘Heath Common is utterly inspired and he comes to us as refreshingly original as once were Ivor Cutler, Syd Barrett, Lol Coxhill and their luminous ilk.’
R2 magazine

‘Heath Common is what Jack Kerouac would have sounded like if he came from Manchester’
Congleton Chronicle

‘Heath Common does not sound like anyone else in music. Heath Common sounds like Heath Common and that’s it. He’s fantastic!’

Mick Middles (Fab Radio International DJ / legendary journalist and author)

‘Heath Common is the northern Kevin Ayers’
Martin Whittle Salford City Radio

 

Heath Common with Johnny Shines and Robert Lockwood, New York