Charles Shaar Murray

Charles Shaar Murray

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According to Rock’sBackPages, ‘Charles ShaarMurray, “the rock critic’s rock critic” (Q Magazine), “front-line cultural warrior” and “original gunslinger” (Independent on Sunday), is the Ralph Gleason Music Book Award-winning author of Crosstown Traffic: Jimi Hendrix And Postwar Pop (Faber & Faber), and Boogie Man: The Adventures of John Lee Hooker In The American Twentieth Century (Viking/Penguin), later short-listed for the same award. The first two decades of his journalism, criticism and vulgar abuse have been collected in Shots From The Hip (Penguin). He’s been appearing regularly in print for four decades, and has long been recognised as one of the most admired stylists in British pop-cultural journalism.’

He was a staff writer, eventually becoming Associate Editor, on NME for most of the 1970s. He also subsequently contributed to a variety of newspapers and magazines including The Guardian, The Daily Telegraph, The Independent, Independent On Sunday, The Observer, The Sunday Times, The [London] Evening Standard, New Statesman, Literary Review, Prospect, Rolling Stone, Vogue, The Face, Arena, Q, Mojo (as a founding contributor to both of the last two), The Word, The Big Issue, MacUser, Guitarist, Guitar Player, Guitar World, Classic Rock… and the Encyclopaedia Britannica.

He’s also written and presented BBC radio shows on Lenny Bruce, Frank Zappa, Jaco Pastorius, Moondog and the history of jazz guitar; worked both in front of and behind the camera for the Dancing In The Streets and Seven Ages Of Rock TV series, and supplied quality punditry to innumerable radio and TV shows, including frequent appearances on Channel 4 News, BBC2 Newsnight and BBC World Service radio and TV.

His whirlwind of a first novel, The Hellhound Sample, is now available from HeadPress. It’s a fantastic read which is unsurprising considering its authors credentials.

Finally, Storm Books presents Charles Shaar Murray’s The Hothouse Project,  an eight-week course of journalism as creative writing. Check the Hothouse course Page!

Here’s Charles talking to us in an exclusive interview about the Art of Writing:

CaptureCharles Shaar Murray – 1973 and all that

Charles Shaar Murray’s website

Category: general author of both factual and fiction works, general think pieces, articles, opinions and interviews.