Roy Carr

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Roy Carr
Born1945 (1945)
Died1 July 2018(2018-07-01) (aged 73)
OccupationJournalist, writer, editor
Known forEditor of New Musical Express

Roy Carr (1945 – 1 July 2018)[1] was an English music journalist, covering pop, rock and jazz. He joined the New Musical Express (NME) in the late 1960s, and edited NME, Vox and Melody Maker magazines.


Born in Blackpool, Lancashire, after his family moved there from London during the Second World War,[2] he was the son of jazz musician and composer Tony Carr, a member of Joe Loss's band and writer of "March of the Mods".[3][4]

Roy Carr started his music career as a member of Blackpool-based band The Executives, who also featured Glenn Cornick. The band supported many leading acts in the mid-1960s, including the Beatles, the Rolling Stones and The Who, and had several unsuccessful singles issued on the Columbia and CBS labels.[5][6] Carr became friendly with many leading musicians, including John Lennon; in 1969, when working with a local promoter in Toronto, Carr reported on Lennon's appearance at the Toronto Rock and Roll Revival.[2]

After first starting to write reviews for Jazz News and the NME in the early 1960s, he joined the NME staff in 1970. He contributed as reviewer, interviewer and columnist to the magazine's relaunch later in the decade under editors Alan Smith and Nick Logan.[3] During the 1980s and 1990s Carr compiled the majority of free tape and CD compilations that were given away with music magazines such as NME, Vox and Melody Maker,[1] including the influential C86 cassette compilation.[2] Carr also worked as a broadcaster, record producer, and writer of album liner notes.[5] His career as a music journalist and magazine editor continued until his official retirement in 2006, in later years contributing as a freelance writer to jazz magazines.[2]

His health deteriorated after the sudden death of his son in 2013.[2] Carr died of a heart attack in hospital on 1 July 2018, aged 73.[3]


Carr's books as author or co-author include:


  1. ^ a b Robin Murray, "Music Writer Roy Carr Has Died",, 1 July 2018. Retrieved 2 July 2018
  2. ^ a b c d e Allan Jones, "Roy Carr: NME/Uncut Legend", Uncut, #256, September 2018, p.112
  3. ^ a b c Jon Newey, "Roy Carr 1945 – 2018", Jazzwise Magazine, 2 July 2018
  4. ^ "March of the Mods", Where Did They Get That Song?. Retrieved 2 July 2018
  5. ^ a b Richie Unterberger, Biography, Retrieved 2 July 2018
  6. ^ The Executives, Retrieved 2 July 2018
  7. ^ Peck, Abe (1 December 1976). "Some books look back on rock 'n' roll". The Daily News. AP. p. 20. Retrieved 26 January 2011.
  8. ^ Lydon, Michael (12 December 1976). "The Rolling Stone Illustrated History Of Rock & Roll; Rock 'n' Roll". The New York Times. Retrieved 26 January 2011.
  9. ^ Muretich, James (30 July 1983). "This time it will be Bowie the debonair as a legend returns". Calgary Herald. p. J10. Retrieved 26 January 2011.
  10. ^ Burke, Ken; Griffin, Dan (2006). The Blue Moon Boys: The Story of Elvis Presley's Band. Chicago Review Press. p. 80. ISBN 1-55652-614-8. Retrieved 26 January 2011. Roy Carr Elvis Presley.
  11. ^ Winn, John C (2009). That Magic Feeling: The Beatles' Recorded Legacy, Volume Two, 1966-1970. Random House. p. 391. ISBN 978-0-307-45239-9. Retrieved 26 January 2011.

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