), the Guinness Who's Who of Blues (2nd Edition), Guinness Publishing (UK), 1995. In the 1960s Larkin attended the South East Essex County Technical High School following which, under his own initiative he obtained an apprenticeship as a commercial artist, enabling him to take a sandwich course at the London College of Printing (now the London College of Communication). Colin Larkin (born 27 April 1982 in Dundalk, County Louth) is an Irish professional footballer, who plays as a forward for Sunderland RCA.. [4] Larkin scored his first goal for Gateshead on 17 August 2013 in a 1–2 defeat against Barnet. In the 1980s Larkin, who read music magazines avidly and was acquiring a considerable personal library of singles and albums, began to consider the idea of "an encyclopedia of popular music". From the outset Larkin was intent upon reaching areas of the book reading public that other publishers felt it unnecessary or unprofitable to reach. His passion for an encyclopedia that would do for Bob Dylan and the Beatles what the Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians had done for more classical subjects, and moreover do it better, finally took over when in 1989 he sold his half of Scorpion Books to fund the project and founded Square One Books. As Larkin, who had recently had groin surgery was viewed as lacking the necessary match fitness to play games during the club's injury crisis, they took the decision to release him in order to be able to bring in new signings. Although the post-war years proved lucrative for the Ford motor company,[8] Larkin was raised in relative poverty in the largest area of council housing in the United Kingdom, in the suburbs that surrounded the Ford plant. It was in the fairground, against a background of Little Richard on the wind-up 78 rpm turntables, that Larkin acquired his passion for the world of popular music,[9] and a taste for exotic pattern and vivid colour, which would re-surface in later years in books on Islamic art and architecture, and oriental rugs. Larkin closed down this website in August 2018 and re-directed the content to Musopedia.com. Despite this bright start to his senior career, he was unable to gain any real first team action at Molineux and managed just three (goalless) appearances over three seasons for the club. This article is about the footballer. Colin Larkin (born 1949) is a British writer and entrepreneur. He has previously played for Wolverhampton Wanderers, Kidderminster Harriers, Mansfield Town, Chesterfield, Northampton Town, Lincoln City and Gateshead. [1] Larkin was released on 10 May 2012 and joined Lincoln City at the start of the 2012–13 season. He is CEO and editor-in-chief of Musopedia Ltd. From 2013 to 2017 he was the main contributor of music biographies and album reviews for Quantone Music [Quantone], an in depth music data company. He founded, and was the editor in chief of, the Encyclopedia of Popular Music,[1] described by The Times as "the standard against which all others must be judged".[2]. Along with the ten-volume encyclopedia, Larkin also wrote the book All Time Top 1000 Albums,[3] and edited the Guinness Who's Who Of Jazz,[4] the Guinness Who's Who Of Blues,[5] and the Virgin Encyclopedia Of Heavy Rock[6] The compiler of the most extensive database of popular music in Europe and the US, a writer and book designer by trade, Larkin has over 650,000 copies in print to date. In a pre-internet age, the work required to create an encyclopedia of popular music was considerable. However, Smith departed the club on 16 December 2014 and a month later Larkin was on the move again, joining Sunderland RCA.[10]. He founded, and was the editor in chief of, the Encyclopedia of Popular Music, described by The Times as "the standard against which all others must be judged".. However, with chances limited, Larkin, with two years left on his contract at Wolves, joined Mansfield Town for a £125,000 fee in July 2002. "Who'd Put The Everly Brothers Above Elvis", All about the guru of groove, Colin Larkin, editor of, "Macrovision Agrees to Acquire Assets of Muze, Inc", "UK: The Rolling Stones curate Confessin' The Blues in collaboration with BMG and Universal, with donations going to Willie Dixon's Blues Heaven Foundation". To gain playing time, he was loaned out to the then League 2 side Kidderminster Harriers during the 2001-2002 season where Larkin made a big impact starting 33 games and scoring 7 goals. He scored 25 goals over a three-year stay at Field Mill, but an apparent fall-out with then manager Carlton Palmer led to his eventual release to join Chesterfield in 2005 on a two-year contract. [18], Over 50 separate titles followed the creation of the Encyclopedia's database, and in 1997 Larkin sold Square One Books to American data company Muze. Larkin spent much of his early childhood attending the travelling fair where his father, who worked by day as a plumber for the council, moonlighted on the waltzers to make ends meet. On 12 May 2013, Larkin signed for Gateshead. He progressed through their youth ranks to make his first team debut on 24 August 1999 in a League Cup exit to Wycombe Wanderers, where he scored within eight minutes of coming off the bench. The number of workers on the Dagenham site increased from 12,000 to 35,000 as Ford met the demand of 360,000 military vehicles, vans and army trucks. He published additional music biographies including those on Graham Bond, R.E.M., Eric Clapton, The Byrds and Frank Zappa,[15] and a further book on Bob Dylan, Oh No, Not Another Bob Dylan Book. Scorpion Publishing published art books on Oriental carpets and Islamic Art. In 1967 he began writing for music journals and magazines. Larkin was born in Dagenham, Essex, an area that was largely populated by workers in the car industry. Colin has linked up once again with David Rush and Anth Smith, this time in a coaching role for Sunderland College coaching the men's category 3 team. Notable music books at this time included Timeless Flight: The Definitive Story of The Byrds[13] and Bob Dylan's Unreleased Recordings.[14]. Larkin netted 13 goals in total over a two-year spell at Chesterfield. This would later change its name to become the multi-media rating site and iPhone app, btoe.com (Best Things On Earth).[19]. Colin Larkin (born 1949) is a British writer and entrepreneur. It was quickly recognised as monumental: Rolling Stone described the work as "musical history in the making", in The Times they called it "a work of almost frightening completeness". Larkin, Colin (ed. At Longmans he became senior book designer, but he soon tired of working for the publishing house and by 1976 had co-founded his own book publishing company, Scorpion Publishing. Musician Jools Holland called it "without question the most useful reference work on popular music". [8] He moved on to join West Auckland Town,[9] reuniting him with his erstwhile Gateshead manager Anth Smith. [3] He made his debut on 10 August as a second-half substitute against Kidderminster Harriers. Aided by a team of contributors, a fast-growing library of music magazines, books and the music itself, an eventual 3000 vinyl singles, 3500 vinyl albums, 4500 music biographies and 38,000 CDs,[16] Larkin began compiling the Encyclopedia. https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Colin_Larkin&oldid=981148372, Wikipedia articles with SUDOC identifiers, Wikipedia articles with WORLDCATID identifiers, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License, This page was last edited on 30 September 2020, at 15:41. The Becontree estate in Dagenham began as a conglomeration of 27,000 "homes for heroes", and had no recognisable town centre. In 2018 he was commissioned by BMG to write the detailed essay and sleeve notes for the Rolling Stones' curated project Confessin' the Blues. [17] Larkin, Colin (ed. In 1989 Larkin formed Square One Books to create a multi-volume Encyclopedia of Popular Music, and to publish music related books. For the footballer, see, Larkin, Colin (ed. He is also head coach of Evolution Football Elite Academy. [12] ), the Guinness Who's Who of Jazz (2nd Edition), Guinness Publishing (UK), 1995, Larkin, Colin (ed. Larkin began his working life in commercial art, advertising studios and design groups and for the book publisher Pearson Longmans. On 7 August 2009, Larkin signed a contract with League One side Hartlepool United after impressing during a short trial period. [16], From September 2008 Larkin ceased all involvement with Muze Inc. or any of its related companies following the closure of the Encyclopedia of Popular Music as a stand-alone product and his subsequent redundancy. Larkin, Colin, All Time Top 1000 Albums (3rd Edition), Virgin Books (UK), 2000. He was released by Lincoln in March 2013 and subsequently signed for Harrogate Town[2] and scored on his debut for Town in a 2–2 draw against Bishop's Stortford. [7] However, his second spell with the club would be short as they encountered an injury crisis amongst their forwards. [7] As an authority on popular music, Larkin has often been interviewed on radio, and had a regular slot on BBC GLR for two years in the 1990s. Colin Larkin (born 27 April 1982 in Dundalk, County Louth) is an Irish professional footballer, who plays as a forward for Sunderland RCA. [5] At the end of the season, Larkin was released by Gateshead. ), The Encyclopedia of Popular Music (4th Edition 10 vols) Oxford University Press (UK/US) 2006. In May 2011 Omnibus Press released the Amazon Kindle edition of the Encyclopedia of Popular Music, using the text of the 2007 edition. He has previously played for Wolverhampton Wanderers, Kidderminster Harriers, Mansfield Town, Chesterfield, Northampton Town, Lincoln City and Gateshead In May 2011 he signed a new contract with the club. [19] On 15 April 2009, it was announced that most of the assets of Muze Inc. were purchased by Macrovision.[20]. Square One developed their own in-house software using 4th Dimension. They also designed and published John Gorman's trilogy of Labour history, Banner Bright,[11] To Build Jerusalem and Images of Labour. [21], This article is about the writer. [6], On 8 August 2014, Harrogate Town announced that Larkin had re-signed for the club. Statistics of Colin Larkin, a hockey player from Waterford, MI born Nov 17 1993 who was active from 2012 to 2019. Larkin began his professional career with Wolverhampton Wanderers. In 2008, Larkin launched a new website whose original inspiration had come from the All Time Top 1000 Albums, initially called 1000Greatest.com. Founder, Editor & Writer of the World's Greatest Reference Book on Popular Music Comes to goNORTH! ), Virgin Encyclopedia of Heavy Rock, The, Virgin Books (UK), 1999. For the writer, see, "Ten players shown door by Hartlepool United", "Experienced Pair Sign for West Auckland", https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Colin_Larkin_(footballer)&oldid=974815228, Republic of Ireland association footballers, Republic of Ireland expatriate association footballers, Republic of Ireland youth international footballers, National League (English football) players, Association footballers from County Louth, All Wikipedia articles written in Irish English, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License, * Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 25 August 2014, This page was last edited on 25 August 2020, at 05:10. [18] Larkin became full-time editor-in-chief and ran the encyclopedia as a cottage industry, with a team of fewer than ten contributors, who in terms of wordcount were "producing an Agatha Christie novel a month". There he studied typography and book design. When the club suffered relegation to League Two, Larkin remained in the third tier as he joined Northampton Town on a free transfer, on 28 June 2007 in a two-year deal. In 1992 the first edition of the Encyclopedia of Popular Music went into print. [10] and was influenced by the typeface designer Eric Gill, who is associated with the arts and crafts movement.