Author(s): Zoe Howe
Florence + the Machine is the recording name of English musician Florence Welch and a collaboration of other artists who provide music for her voice. Florence + the Machine's sound has been described as a combination of various genres, including rock and soul. The Sunday Times described Welch as "the most peculiar and most highly acclaimed female singer of the moment" Tells the story of her upbringing in South London to her thrilling rise to international fame as a singer and also a highly individual fashion icon. Her collaborations and working relationships with Chanel Creative Director Karl Lagerfeld, her manager Mairead Nash and her friend Isabella Summers who to this day forms part of 'the machine'. How her sense of style has captured the imaginations of fans and fashion editors the world over. The stories behind the glittering award ceremonies, TV appearances and international tours.
Zoe Howe is a music writer whose books include Typical Girls? The Story of The Slits, How's Your Dad? Living In The Shadow Of A Rock Star Parent (both Omnibus Press) and Looking Back At Me - the autobiography of ex Dr Feelgood guitarist Wilko Johnson. Zoe is the editor of the website Iceland Music Export, and her work has also appeared on BBC Music, BBC 6Music, Planet Rock, Absolute Radio, E4, The Quietus, Channel4Music, NME and in Company and Contemporary Magazine. She has also made and presented music radio series for stations including Resonance FM. When she isn't writing feverishly or talking incessantly about music, Zoe plays drums and percussion and has worked with Viv Albertine, Anne Pigalle, Steve Beresford, Mick Jones and others.