Saturday, October 16, 2010

soundscape saturday :: mary anne hobbs

Mary Anne Hobbs
A DJ and music journalist from Garstang, Lancashire.  In the 1980s, she lived on a bus in a carpark with the hard rock band Heretic before becoming a journalist for Sounds Magazine at age 19.   She later worked for the New Musical Express magazine before going on to help found Loaded Magazine. Hobbs got her break in radio at BBC Greater London Radio, working alongside Mark Lamarr.

She then worked at XFM before BBC Radio 1.   She shot a TV series about global biker culture named Mary Anne's Bikes in Japan, America, Russia, India, and Europe for BBC Choice and BBC World in 2003.  Mary was also was Master of Ceremonies at the Leeds Festival between 1999 and 2003.

A fan of rock, metal, and motorbikes from an early age, she fronted the Radio 1 Rock Show and the experimental/electronic Breezeblock on BBC Radio 1 for fourteen years.  In July 2010, Mary announced she was leaving the BBC and her last show was on September 9, 2010.  She has accepted a new job at University of Sheffield Union of Students.
She is a revolutionary woman and continues to grace our planet with her strength of heart and endurance to bring music to the masses.