is a writer and editor whose work has been published in numerous magazines and newspapers since 1989. A former Assistant Editor of Q and long-time contributor to the UK’s biggest-selling music magazine Mojo, he has also written for Classic Rock, The Times, Daily Telegraph and Music Week.
He is the author of three consummate music biographies. His first, the best-selling Pigs Might Fly: The Inside Story Of Pink Floyd, was published in 2007, and described by The Sun as “a fascinating tale of destructive egos.” An updated edition was awarded The Guardian’s Paperback Of The Week in September 2013.
Blake’s 2010 biography, Is This The Real Life: The Untold Story Of Queen, was praised by the Daily Telegraph for its “rich detail” and described in Q as “the definitive text on a Brit-rock institution.”
His latest book, Pretend You’re In A War: The Who And The Sixties, a study of the classic British rock band’s early life and times, was published in autumn 2014, and has already been praised by The Who.com for putting “other Who books in the shade.”
Blake has also edited books about Bob Dylan, Keith Richards and Punk, and worked on official projects for Pink Floyd, Queen, The Who and the Jimi Hendrix estate. When he’s not doing all this, he leads a quiet life just outside London with his wife and son.