Simon Price
For the classicist of this name, see Simon Price (classicist)
Simon Price (classicist)
Simon Rowland Francis Price was an English classical scholar, specialising in the imperial cult of ancient Rome...


Simon Price is a British
United Kingdom
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 music journalist and club promoter, born on 25 September 1967 in the Welsh
Wales is a country that is part of the United Kingdom and the island of Great Britain, bordered by England to its east and the Atlantic Ocean and Irish Sea to its west. It has a population of three million, and a total area of 20,779 km²...

 town of Barry
Barry, Wales
Barry is a town and community in the Vale of Glamorgan in Wales. Located along the northern coast of the Bristol Channel less than south-southwest of Cardiff, the capital city of Wales, Barry is a seaside resort, with attractions including several beaches and the Barry Island Pleasure Park...

. He is now best known for his weekly review section in The Independent on Sunday and his book on Manic Street Preachers
Manic Street Preachers
Manic Street Preachers are a Welsh alternative rock band, formed in 1986. They are James Dean Bradfield, Nicky Wire, Richey Edwards and Sean Moore. The band are part of the Cardiff music scene, and were at their most prominent during the 1990s...



He made his name at Melody Maker
Melody Maker
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, where he worked from December 1988 to December 1997. His first article was a review of Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds
Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds
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 live in Paris
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, and his last an interview with veteran rap act Salt-N-Pepa
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. He was heavily involved with the short-lived Romo
Romantic Modernism, more commonly known as Romo, was a musical and clubbing movement, of Glam/style pop lineage, in the UK circa 1995–1997, centred around the twin homes of Camden-based clubnight Club Skinny and its West End clone Arcadia, as well as concerts by the chief associated bands.The Romo...

 scene in the mid-1990s, about which he wrote extensively, co-promoted the Arcadia clubnight and acted as DJ and tour manager for the Fiddling While Romo Burns Romo package tour. His journalism at Melody Maker was sometimes criticised by the more "laddish" readers for what they saw as an overtly intellectual style and for his criticism of bands such as Oasis
Oasis (band)
Oasis were an English rock band formed in Manchester in 1991. Originally known as The Rain, the group was formed by Liam Gallagher , Paul "Bonehead" Arthurs , Paul "Guigsy" McGuigan and Tony McCarroll , who were soon joined by Liam's older brother Noel Gallagher...

. He also courted controversy with his view that the hippie
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/crusty scene of the time was covertly racist
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 due to what he saw as an overtly romantic
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 nostalgia for a bygone rural England
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Simon's voice appears on Saint Etienne
Saint Etienne (band)
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's record So Tough
So Tough
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, on the track "Memo to Pricey".

Simon has been interviewed on the subject of Manic Street Preachers and is known to hold strong views on the band and their fans.

"Famously, there are two types of Manics fans. I think everyone's got the old fan/new fan thing wrong. Everyone thinks the older fans are the ones who really understand the band and the younger ones are just bandwagon jumpers. I think it's the other way round. Anyone over the age of 25 at a Manics gig, probably only got into them with 'A Design For Life
A Design for Life
"A Design for Life" was released by Manic Street Preachers in 1996 and was the first single release from the Everything Must Go album of May that same year.The title was inspired by the Joy Division EP record "An Ideal for Living"...

', whereas anyone under twenty is probably obsessed and knows everything Richey Edwards ever said. They've read all the books he ever quoted. They dress like him, they're totally hardcore."

Simon is also a distinguished supporter of the British Humanist Association
British Humanist Association
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On 15 September 2010, Price, along with 54 other public figures, signed an open letter published in The Guardian
The Guardian
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, stating their opposition to Pope Benedict XVI
Pope Benedict XVI
Benedict XVI is the 265th and current Pope, by virtue of his office of Bishop of Rome, the Sovereign of the Vatican City State and the leader of the Catholic Church as well as the other 22 sui iuris Eastern Catholic Churches in full communion with the Holy See...

's state visit to the UK.

Simon Price currently runs several nightclub events in his adopted City of Brighton, namely Spellbound, Your Disco Needs You and Stay Beautiful.
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