Peter Paphides

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

Early life[edit]

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').

The name Panayiotakis was shortened to "Takis", before he decided he preferred to be called Peter.[2] As a child, he had a lisp, and when he was three years old he developed selective mutism, wherein he would speak to no-one except his parents and brother.[2] 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.[3][4] Since then, he has worked freelance including for The Guardian,[5] Mojo and Q magazine.[6] 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, a record label aimed at reissues of old albums that had not previously been available on vinyl.[7] 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 also written for Melody Maker and Time Out.[8]

In 2020 his memoir, Broken Greek, was published by Quercus.[1] The book was reviewed positively by Alan Johnson in New Statesman, who wrote that he had "never read anything that tells the immigrant’s story with such clarity and tenderness".[9] It won the 2021 RSL Christopher Bland Prize.[10]

Personal life[edit]

He married Times columnist Caitlin Moran on 27 December 1999; they met while both were working for Melody Maker. The couple share a home in North London[11] and have two daughters.[12]


  1. ^ a b c d e Paphides, Pete (2020). Broken Greek. Quercus. ISBN 978-1529404432.
  2. ^ a b Harris, John (5 May 2020). "Dave Greenfield: putting beauty at the rotten heart of the Stranglers". The Guardian.
  3. ^ Dowell, Ben (25 October 2010). "Chief rock critic Peter Paphides quits the Times". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 29 January 2019.
  4. ^ "The Quietus | News | Pete Paphides Launches New Podcast". The Quietus. Retrieved 29 January 2019.
  5. ^ "Pete Paphides". the Guardian. Retrieved 31 August 2021.
  6. ^ "Articles, interviews and reviews from Pete Paphides". Rocks Back Pages. Retrieved 31 August 2021.
  7. ^ "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 2 November 2020.
  8. ^ "Articles, interviews and reviews from Pete Paphides: Rock's Backpages".
  9. ^ "Pete Paphides's Broken Greek: a striking memoir of immigration and music". New Statesman. 4 March 2020. Retrieved 8 December 2021.
  10. ^ "RSL Christopher Bland Prize 2021 – Winner Announced". Royal Society of Literature. 3 June 2021. Retrieved 25 June 2021.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  11. ^ Crampton, Robert. "Pop critic Pete Paphides: marriage to Caitlin Moran, his new book, Broken Greek, and 50 favourite albums". The Times. ISSN 0140-0460. Retrieved 8 December 2021.
  12. ^ Doreian, Robyn (15 December 2012). "Caitlin Moran: what I know about men". The Sydney Morning Herald.

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