Peter Paphides

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Peter Paphides (born 1969 as Panayiotis Paphides) is a British journalist and broadcaster.

Paphides was born in Birmingham to a Greek Cypriot father, Chris, and a Greek mother, Victoria.[1] He has an elder brother, Aki.[1] His father ran the 'Great Western' fish bar in Acocks Green, and the family lived upstairs.[1] In 1979, the family moved to the suburb of Olton, where his father ran the 'King Fisher' (now 'George's Fish Bar'). He read philosophy at the University of Wales, Lampeter.[1]

Between 2005 and 2010 he was employed as the chief rock critic of The Times and presented The Times' weekly music podcast for Sounds Music supplement.[2][3] Since then, he has worked freelance including for The Guardian, Mojo and Q magazine.[citation needed] He has also made various documentaries for BBC Radio 4 and made a pilot for BBC 6 Music show Vinyl Revival which was later commissioned for a seven-part series, and was broadcast from 4 December 2011.[citation needed]

In 2019, Paphides launched Needle Mythology,[4] aimed at reissues of old albums that had not previously been available on vinyl. In October 2020, the label released its first album of new material, 'In Memory of My Feelings', an original collaboration between The Anchoress and Bernard Butler.

Paphides has written for Melody Maker and Time Out.[5]

He is based in London. He married Times columnist Caitlin Moran in December 1999. They have two daughters.[6]


  1. ^ a b c d Paphides, Pete (2020). Broken Greek. Quercus. ISBN 978-1529404432.
  2. ^ Dowell, Ben (2010-10-25). "Chief rock critic Peter Paphides quits the Times". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 2019-01-29.
  3. ^ "The Quietus | News | Pete Paphides Launches New Podcast". The Quietus. Retrieved 2019-01-29.
  4. ^ "Complete Music Update | News | Pete Paphides launches re-issues label, bringing Ian Broudie and Stephen Duffy albums to vinyl for the first time". Complete Music Update. Retrieved 2020-11-02.
  5. ^ "Articles, interviews and reviews from Pete Paphides: Rock's Backpages".
  6. ^ DOREIAN, Interview ROBYN (December 15, 2012). "Caitlin Moran: what I know about men". The Sydney Morning Herald.

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