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Andy Morgan is a full time writer, journalist, researcher and event programmer. It wasn’t always thus. Growing up in the baggage of his nomadic parents (Switzerland, China, Peru, Austria) Andy started writing articles and plays as a teenager. But after playing guitar and singing in several punk combos (Syndromes, Blyth Power) he was dazzled by the whole DIY ethos of the alt. punk scene and decided to work in music and let his writing play second fiddle for more than twenty years. Living in London, Andy worked for Hannibal Records (UK), Cooking Vinyl (UK) and WOMAD (UK) before going abroad to work for FNAC Music (France) and Piranha (Germany). He last paid job was with World Circuit Records (UK) who he quit to set up his own label Apartment 22 at the end of the 1990s. At Apartment 22 he helped to produce and release a series of groundbreaking global electronica records by Sidestepper, U-cef and Momo.
Andy met the Touareg poet-guitarists Tinariwen at the first Festival in the Desert in 2001 and went on to co-manage and then manage the group, helping them to win fans and influence people all over the world. He also helped to organize the famous Festival in the Desert in its early days, writing the sleeve notes for the Live CD that was released in 2003. Like so many people, when Andy arrived in the Sahara it was pretty much love at first sight and he’s still hopelessly infatuated with the desert and its people.
In 2009, however, after plenty of soul-searching and hesitating, Andy decided to give up the music industry to concentrate on writing full time. He realised that this had always been his dream, ever since the time he won a play writing prize at school, and that it was time to return to it. Moreover, the fundamental changes in the music industry required a complete rethink. It was a case of either reinventing himself or quitting the madness althogether. Andy is currently writing a book about Tinariwen and the Sahara, whilst helping to research and edit another book about Manu Chao. He also writes about music, culture, society and politics for The Independent, fRoots, Songlines and many other publications.
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