I’m an author, freelance journalist, sub-editor and lecturer, based in London. I’ve been writing about music and related cultures for over thirteen years, working for titles like MOJO, The Guardian, NME, Kerrang!, The Times, Rolling Stone, The Evening Standard, Melody Maker and many more. I’ve done stints as commissioning section editor at Plan B, Careless Talk Costs Lives and Sleazenation, and co-founded and co-edited (with genius photographer Steve Gullick) Loose Lips Sink Ships magazine.
I’ve written three books to date: Spray Paint The Walls: The Black Flag Story, Ninja Tune: 20 Years Of Beats & Pieces, and Psychic Confusion: The Sonic Youth Story. You can find more information on these tomes, along with extracts from them, in the Books section of this website.
For five years, from the launch of the station until presenter Phill Jupitus moved on from the show, I was on-air record reviewer for BBC 6music’s Breakfast Show. I miss playing records that really shouldn’t be heard at 8:30 in the morning, and I miss Phill. I don’t miss such an early start on a monday morning, however.
I’ve been teaching a module on Music Journalism for post-graduate students at City University since 2004. I’ve also worked as a freelance sub-editor for some time, and take an unseemly pleasure in gently helping overlong text fit into a space that’s too small for it. “Word Tetris”, I call it.
If you would like me to write / edit / sub-edit / lecture / play noisy and wonderful records for you and you have money you would like to give me in return (an old-fashioned concept, perhaps, but I’m rather fond of it), please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.