Dean Cavanagh

I wrote this piece on my favorite writer in the early nineties for Positive Energy of Madness and soon after started a penpal friendship with him.
Wednesday, 01 June 2016 16:39

The UK roots of Acid House by Dean Cavanagh


2017 sees 30 years of Acid House. I’m not usually one for anniversaries; I was happy to hear that Joe Corre - Malcolm McClaren’s son - was going to burn his collection of punk memorabilia to celebrate 40 years of “punk” and that a gang of octogenarians in Bermondsey trashed a load of old washboards to celebrate 60 years of skiffle.

It’s December 2015 and I’m in Edinburgh with my screenwriting partner Irvine Welsh.
Thursday, 29 December 2011 12:31

Anton Newcombe - His Bloody Underground

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What I want to do is enter the popular lexicon. Like Jimi Hendrix. That's my goal. Not to sell soap. Not to say, 'Look like me, dress like me, sound like me.' Not to get a supermodel girlfriend. None of that shit. I want people to come away from what I'm doing and look at it as a gift. - Anton Newcombe
Monday, 28 October 2013 20:14

A Tribute to our Top Bird

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©Words - Dean Cavanagh

Antonia Bird the wonderful human being and film & TV director passed away recently at the age of 54. I was blessed to have known and worked with her and she made a big and lasting impact on my life. It was 1999 I had recently adapted Irvine Welsh’s “Filth” into a screenplay for HAL ( a subsidiary of Indie film giant Miramax ) and Irvine graciously asked me to meet Antonia with a view to getting involved in an adaptation of a true story. Irvine had recently joined Antonia, Mark Cousins and Robert Carlyle in forming a production company called 4-Way.  

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