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.



Album reviews[edit]

Album title Artist Reviewed in
Sacred songs Daryl Hall Lester, Paul (Dec 2014). "Consecration piece". Buried Treasure. Mojo. 253 (6): 114. 


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. 
  6. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 9 February 2009. Retrieved 27 November 2009. 

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