About Me

Playing a cheap red'n'white plastic guitar years before Jack White made it cool

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 stevietonychick@gmail.com.


6 Responses to About Me

  1. Martin Boyle says:

    Hi Stevie. Just wanted to drop you a quick line, essentially to say ‘keep up the great work’. I regularly chance upon a review, or article, that sees me reference the name of the writer due to my enjoyment of the writing. That name is often yours. This email is prompted by your lovely piece in DIS on Neutral Milk Hotel. Once again, a keenly observed, even-handed take on a band we both clearly admire.

    We have actually met on a couple of occasions, some years ago now, when you were writing for NME (you may still?), and I was writing/producing Beware The Cat – a fanzine long since departed.

    Anyway, just thought I’d take a moment to congratulate you on the continued excellence of your work and hope that life is treating you well.


    Martin Boyle

    • steviechick says:

      Hey Martin! Lovely to hear from you – Beware The Cat was always one of my favourite zines, and I’m sure I still have my copies somewhere in my swarming trash-heap of an office… Thanks for the kind words, and I hope life is treating you rad as well!

      best, Stevie

      • martin boyle says:

        Sounds like you have more copies of BTC than I do! Just while I’ve got you (and I promise this wasn’t the reason for me contacting you!), you might like to check out fellow BTCer Dan Carney’s band ‘Dark Captain’ (formerly Dark Captain Light Captain). I won’t try to sell them to you, but think it’s something you’d really enjoy. Check this out from their debut ‘Miracle Kicker’ – ‘Jealous Enemies’ http://youtu.be/_NTByM1-MS0

        The other one’s from their second ‘Dead Legs and Alibis’ – ‘Right Way Round’


        Hope you like!

        Sent from my iPhone

      • steviechick says:

        Thanks Martin – will check em out! Am very familiar with the name so I think I may have come across them before…

  2. Tone says:

    Hey Stevie, Luv’d yr Specials top 10 story, awesome insight into their classic trax!
    Heres my tribute to the boys in their hay day https://youtu.be/1TMkbwZNwA0

  3. Laís says:

    Hi Stevie! I want to talk with you about a music journalism course. Can you email me? 🙂 lais.eiras@gmail.com

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