My guest in this episode is Malcolm Garrett MBE who rather modestly describes himself as ‘a UK-based graphic designer working across a variety of disciplines and media.’
Malcolm has a global reputation for his influence on graphic design and popular culture, both through his landmark designs for clients including Buzzcocks, Duran Duran, Boy George, Simple Minds and Peter Gabriel, and through his pioneering role in championing interaction and digital communications since the early 1990s, with an approach he refers to as ‘connected communications’.
He starts this episode by saying ‘I love music and talking about music’ and given his deep involvement with the industry, and some of its biggest bands, over 40+ years, then he has a host of stories to tell. For that reason, this is a two-part episode as there was just too many great stories, observations and connections to squeeze into one.
Given Malcolm’s creative background it’s no surprise that he also tweaked with the format. His choices are from his own decades (1-10, Teens, Twenties) rather than the 60’s, 70’s, 80’s etc. and all are female artists or bands with female vocalists.
In this Part 1 we go from Malcolm’s birth in Northwich in 1956, the massive influence of Liverpool in the 60’s, his first record at the age of 8 (Can’t Buy Me Love) , education in Manchester, the impact of mind altering drugs, the life changing ‘collision point ‘ that was Punk and working with bands such as Buzzcocks, Magazine, Duran Duran, Simple Minds and Culture Club.