Amy Raphael has been writing about popular culture and sport for more than 25 years. Most recently she co-wrote Steve Coogan’s autobiography, ‘Easily Distracted’ and worked with David Hare on his memoir, ‘The Blue Touch Paper’. Her previous books include the official biographies of Danny Boyle and Mike Leigh, alongside 1995’s seminal ‘Never Mind the Bollocks: Women Rewrite Rock’ (with a foreword by Debbie Harry).
As a journalist, Amy has interviewed around a thousand pop culture icons, including Kurt Cobain in her New York hotel room at 2am; Patti Smith in Paris for an unexpected and quite astonishing 24 hours; George Best in Belfast, when he finally remembered to turn up; Bobby Robson at the Nou Camp while he was managing Barcelona; Christopher Walken on a dodgy phone line that kept going dead; Philip Seymour Hoffman in a greasy spoon in New York and myriad others from Bill Bailey to Bill Nighy, from Ian Rankin to George Pelecanos, from Gerald Scarfe to Sir Peter Blake.
Previous staff jobs include features editor of both The Face and Elle, followed by over five years as both editor-at-large and sports editor of Esquire. Amy has also written for, amongst others, the Observer, the Guardian, the Telegraph, the Times, the Financial Times, the Radio Times, the NME, Rolling Stone, Red magazine and Sight and Sound.
In June 2019, Virago will publish her follow up to Never Mind the Bollocks, A Seat at the Table: Women on the Frontline of Music, with interviews including Christine and the Queens, Ibeyi, Mitski, Alison Moyet and Nadine Shah. She is also updating Mike Leigh on Mike Leigh to include all his films (Faber, 2020)
'Stretches your brain and swells your heart with every page' - Caitlin Moran on Never Mind the Bollocks