Chris Welch

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Chris Welch (born 12 November 1941) is an English music journalist, critic, and author who is best known for his work from the late 1960s as a reporter for Melody Maker , Musicians Only, and Kerrang! . He is the author of over 40 music books.

<i>Melody Maker</i> historical British weekly pop/rock music newspaper  (1926-2000)

Melody Maker was a British weekly music magazine, one of the world's earliest music weeklies, and—according to its publisher IPC Media—the earliest. It was founded in 1926, largely as a magazine for dance band musicians, by Leicester-born composer, publisher Lawrence Wright; the first editor was Edgar Jackson. In 2000 it was merged into "long-standing rival" New Musical Express.

<i>Kerrang!</i> British magazine about rock and metal music

Kerrang! is a British weekly magazine devoted to rock music and heavy metal music, currently published by Wasted Talent. It was first published on 6 June 1981 as a one-off supplement in the Sounds newspaper. Named after the onomatopoeic word that derives from the sound made when playing a power chord on a distorted electric guitar, Kerrang! was initially devoted to the new wave of British heavy metal and the rise of hard rock acts. In the early 2000s it became the best-selling British music weekly.


Early life

Welch was raised in Catford, south east London. [1] He left school at 16 and became a messenger for a national daily newspaper in Fleet Street. [1]

Catford district in south London, England

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In 1960, Welch started work for The Kentish Times. [1] In October 1964, after writing for a local newspaper, Welch became a reporter for Melody Maker at age 22. [2] His first interview was with The Yardbirds with Eric Clapton. [1] He was later assistant editor of Musicians Only, editor of Metal Hammer , and a contributor to The Independent and Rhythm magazine. He has written books on several rock music personalities, including Jimi Hendrix, Yes, Steve Winwood, Black Sabbath, John Bonham, Led Zeppelin, Peter Grant, and Cream. He has also written liner notes for many rock albums.

The Yardbirds English band

The Yardbirds are an English rock band, formed in London in 1963. The band's core lineup featured vocalist and harmonica player Keith Relf, drummer Jim McCarty, rhythm guitarist/bassist Chris Dreja and bassist/producer Paul Samwell-Smith. The band is known for starting the careers of three of rock's most famous guitarists, Eric Clapton, Jimmy Page and Jeff Beck, all of whom ranked in the top five of Rolling Stone magazine's list of 100 greatest guitarists. The band had a string of hits throughout the mid-1960s, including "For Your Love", "Heart Full of Soul", "Shapes of Things" and "Over Under Sideways Down".

Eric Clapton English musician, singer, songwriter, and guitarist

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<i>Metal Hammer</i> periodical literature

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On 17 October 2012 Welch was presented with a BASCA Gold Badge Award in recognition of his unique contribution to music.

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  1. 1 2 3 4 Daniels, Neil (2008). "Chris Welch Interview". Archived from the original on 23 June 2010. Retrieved 26 March 2019.
  2. Lindberg, Ulf (2005) Rock Criticism from the Beginning: Amusers, Bruisers And Cool-Headed Cruisers, p. 81. Peter Lang At Google Books. Retrieved 16 June 2013.