Paul Lester

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Paul Lester is a British music journalist, author and broadcaster from Elstree, North London.


He began his career as a freelance journalist, for Melody Maker in the early 1990s, as well as City Limits, 20/20 (magazine), Sky Magazine and The Jewish Chronicle. Previously covering grunge, shoegaze, Madchester and Britpop - extensively touring with bands, across the UK and internationally.[1]

In 1993, Lester became Melody Maker's features editor; then in 1997, left to join Allan Jones in launching monthly music and film magazine Uncut, where he remained deputy editor until 2006.

Lester has written more than a dozen rock / pop biographies, co-authored the Virgin Encyclopedia of Albums and often appears as a radio / television music pundit. He has interviewed hundreds of thespians and musicians, most notably: Kylie Minogue, Janet Jackson, Mick Jagger and Snoop Dogg. He has also written sleeve notes on many, including: Todd Rundgren, Hall & Oates, The Smiths and The Sex Pistols.[2]

He currently resides in Hertfordshire, from where he has been freelancing since January 2007. He contributes newspapers, including : Guardian (daily columnist of 'Critics Picks'[3] and 'New Band of the Day'[4]), The Sunday Times, the Daily Express, The Mail on Sunday, The Daily Telegraph and The Scotsman. He writes of other periodicals, including: Q (magazine), GQ (magazine), Record Collector and The Jewish Chronicle (an autobiographical column about recently remarried life, as a father of three children).

In July 2011, he joined digital station Amazing Radio to present a weekly show dedicated to new music.[5] The programme continues to broadcast on Thursday afternoons between 1 and 3pm, on the national Digital One network in the UK and online via and the UK RadioPlayer.



In 2008, Lester won the 'Breaking Music Writer' award at the Record of The Day Awards for Music Journalism and PR [6] for his 'New Band of the Day' column in the Guardian.


  1. ^ Rock's Back Pages, writer profile
  2. ^ author profile
  3. ^ Guardian Unlimited Music, profile
  4. ^ "Guardian: New Band of the Day". Retrieved 26 August 2013. 
  5. ^ "Amazing Radio : Paul Lester". Amazing Radio. 14 July 2011. Retrieved 14 July 2011. 
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