Christopher Dawes (author)

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Christopher Dawes (born 26 February, 1961) is a British journalist and author. He works as a music journalist using the pseudonym Push.

As Push, he wrote for the weekly music paper Melody Maker for 10 years. He was also the editor of the seminal London music magazine The Buzz from 1987 until its demise. He left Melody Maker in 1995 to become the founding editor of the clubbing magazine Muzik, before becoming the editor of the male lifestyle title Mondo in 1999. After several years as a book author, he returned to magazine publishing in 2012 as the editor of the specialist electronic music magazine app Electronic Sound.

He was responsible for nurturing and guiding some of the brightest talent of the day, many of whom went on to further success in the music industry. He was one of the first UK music journalists to write about acid house and during his time at Melody Maker he conducted early interviews with the likes of Pulp, Soul II Soul, N.W.A, Soundgarden, De La Soul and The Orb. The very first interviews in the UK press with The Sugarcubes, Carter USM and The Shamen were published in The Buzz during his time as the editor.

Dawes’s best known book is Rat Scabies And The Holy Grail, published in 2005 by Sceptre Books in the UK (ISBN 0-340-83211-8) and by Thunder’s Mouth Press in the US (ISBN 1-56025-678-8). It is a gonzo-esque quest to find the Holy Grail by punk rock legend Rat Scabies, the one-time drummer of The Damned, with whom Dawes strikes up a friendship when the two become neighbours in the London suburb of Brentford.

List of books[edit]

  • The Book Of E: All About Ecstasy (Omnibus, 2000, co-written with Mireille Silcott)
  • Pussy (Bantam, 2004, co-written with Steven Appleton, Mark Roland and Paul Thompson)
  • Bitch (Bantam, 2005, co-written with Steven Appleton, Mark Roland and Paul Thompson)
  • Rat Scabies And The Holy Grail (Sceptre, 2005)

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