ALEX OGG (1983-1985)
Profession: author, freelance writer, catalogue A&R Consultant and Project Manager.
Studied: English Literature, Theatre Studies, and General Studies
Having completed A-levels at JLC Alex went to Liverpool (via Lancaster University) to study Drama and English.
After graduation Alex began work in a variety of temporary positions including jobs as a bookmaker, a sewage treatment technician and a data entry clerk. Thereafter he began contributing articles to a Cambridge magazine, eventually becoming its editor and has spent the last 20 years as a professional writer whilst also holding down an unglamorous role in television ("though anything is pretty glam compared to sewage treatment design," he adds).
Today, Alex is principally a writer about music. He has written for numerous specialist magazines, newspapers including The Times and Herald and about a dozen books (the most important ones being The Hip Hop Years, which accompanied the Channel 4 TV strand), No More Heroes and Independence Days. His essay accompanying the 2008 reissue of Pillows & Prayers helped it win that year’s Mojo Award and he has written more than a hundred CD liner notes.
Alex has also written in other mediums as he explains, "I wrote an introduction to the recent Worth Editions version of A Christmas Carol, and appeared on the odd media outlet (more radio than TV)"
In addition Alex lectures on cultural industries, teaches journalism at various universities and is the co-editor of the new academic journal Punk & Post-Punk, which is through Leeds University.
In between writing, Alex has decided to take on a part time PGCE course to help gain more lecturing work and according to Alex, "I'm afraid authors are not paid quite as well as some would imagine".
On his time spent at JLC, Alex recalls, "I have extremely fond memories of John Leggott. I did spend rather too much time 'distracted' but had a great rapport with my old Theatre Studies lecturers John and Gerry."