I come from Yorkshire. I'm a qualified drama teacher, if you're interested. I worked in a London record shop in the 70s. At the same time I started writing for music papers. After a year with an independent record company I started writing and editing full-time. I joined Smash Hits in 1979, not long after it launched, and became the editor. I then went on to oversee the launch of magazines like Just Seventeen, Q, Empire, Mojo, More and Heat in the 80s and 90s. At the same time I was also broadcasting for the BBC. During the Live Aid concert of 1985 I was sworn at by Bob Geldof in front of what was then the world's largest TV audience, an incident which has now turned up in Britain's favourite film. I write about radio and podcasting for the Radio Times I blog here
and podcast there
. My books "1971: Never A Dull Moment"
, "Uncommon People: The Rise and Fall of the Rock Stars"
and "A Fabulous Creation"
are all Sunday Times best-sellers. I can be contacted directly on the form below.