Stuart David (Belle and Sebastian, Looper) and James Fearnley (the Pogues) for The Talkhouse Music Podcast

Two fine authors who also happen to be great musicians talk about writing books about your bandmates and also how not to seem like a knobhead.

Belle & Sebastian co-founder Stuart David is the author of the critically acclaimed In the All-Night Café: A Memoir of Belle and Sebastian’s Formative Year, which came out this year, and the Pogues’ longtime accordionist James Fearnley is the author of the candid, vivid and appropriately rip-roaring Here Comes Everybody: The Story of the Pogues (2012). The two author-musicians discuss the tricky matter of writing about your bandmates, the vagaries of memory and taking out the bits that make you look like a knobhead. And there might just be an anecdote or two.

Stuart David is a Scottish musician, songwriter and novelist. He co-founded the band Belle & Sebastian (1996–2000) and then went on to front Looper (1998–present). He is the author of the novels Nalda Said and The Peacock Manifesto, published by I.M.P.Fiction in 1999 and 2001 respectively. His third novel, A Peacock’s Tale, was published by Barcelona Review in 2011. His latest book, In the All-Night Café: A Memoir of Belle and Sebastian’s Formative Year, is published by Little, Brown. You can follow him on Twitter here and Facebook here.


A founding member of the London-Irish folk-punk band the Pogues, James Fearnley has played accordion with the group throughout its thirty-year career. In 1993, James moved to California to form the critically acclaimed Low and Sweet Orchestra, to compose and to write. His highly regarded memoir of his years with the Pogues, Here Comes Everybody, was published worldwide in May 2012. James continues to live and write in Los Angeles.