Steven Wells

Steven Wells in NME

Starting in the early 80s a young, ranting punk poet known as Steven “Seething” Wells began writing for Britain’s biggest, most influential music magazine, New Musical Express, under the pseudonym Susan Williams. He did it to inject some estrogen in an arena that had much to little of it. Over 25 years he was NME’s frothing bulldog gnawing viciously at the leg of all the things he perceived lame, and championing music from the fringes of hardcore, punk and pop. Here, courtesy of NME—who, like us, put together their own tribute to Steven—are scanned images of some of his features for the mag.

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Tributes to Steven Wells

We are, of course, digesting the death of our friend Steven Wells. And we’ve been touched to see tributes pouring into the comments section of his final column. Before he was an abrasive and controversial PW writer, Steven was an abrasive and controversial music writer for a variety of English press, perhaps most famously for NME in the 1980s. His UK and music colleagues this morning are offering up their tributes.

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More Tributes to Steven Wells

Commentary from the Sons of Ben, Los Campesinos the Guardian, Phawker and more.

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Even More Tributes to Steven Wells

First, a request from our music editor:

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Steven Wells’ America

In 2007, Steven Wells made a series of YouTube videos — rants, of course — about America, the War on Terror and politics.

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Steven Wells: “Arguably, The Last Great British Rock Writer”

More obituaries for our friend and colleague, plus information about the memorial service.

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The Quietus Tribute to Steven Wells

The Quietus, a website devoted to covering and reviewing popular culture, has a massive tribute to Steven Wells today. Steven had been a contributing writer at Quietus, and a number of contributors there shared their thoughts about his passing.

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Steven Wells on Video

He was a legendary writer, but PW’s Steven Wells also jumped into new media with both feet. He bought his own video camera and made a series of typically provocative — and often hilarious — videos for Philadelphia Weekly.

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Steven Wells: In Memoriam



He was a mentor, a storyteller, a fire-breather. He was more passionate than anyone we’ll likely come across again. 
Of course, you know this already. Because if you read his stuff, you know the man. Everything in his writing is everything he was in real flesh-and-blood life.

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Billy Bragg Remembers Steven Wells

Swells could be hurtful in what he wrote, but his contrarian stance was never mere posturing. It was underpinned with an unswerving belief that things could be better—culturally, politically and globally.

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