Chris Welch (born 1941) is a music journalist, reviewer and critic with Melody Maker , famous during the 1960s and 1970s for reporting on the rise of such bands as Led Zeppelin, The Rolling Stones, Pink Floyd, Jimi Hendrix, Traffic, If, Cream, Jeff Beck and Jethro Tull. During that time he also reported on the UK jazz scene.
Welch, a former local newspaper reporter, joined the Melody Maker in 1964.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.
On 17th October 2012 Welch was presented with a BASCA Gold Badge Award in recognition of his unique contribution to music.
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