Assorted scribblings of a dog-eared music journalist

SOME STUFF ABOUT ME
Most people call me Push. I worked for the UK weekly music paper Melody Maker from 1985 to 1995, starting out as an occasional reviewer and gradually progressing to writing lead reviews and features. I was also one of the instigators and editors of Stone Free, the paper's first dance music section. During my later years at Melody Maker,
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I took charge of two other regular sections, Info Freako and Orbit. Info Freako answered readers' questions about anything and everything to do with music – remember this was in the days before Google and Wikipedia – while Orbit replaced Stone Free as the paper's dance section.

In 1994, the publishers of Melody Maker (IPC Media) asked me to work up some dummy pages for a possible new monthly magazine. Orbit's commissioning editor Ben Turner and I subsequently worked on the project for around 12 months, producing two full dummy issues in that time. The end result was Muzik, which was launched by IPC in early 1995 with myself as the founding editor and Ben as deputy editor. I remained editor of Muzik until late 1998, when I left to become the editor of Mondo, a male lifestyle magazine I launched with fellow music journo Mark Wernham via Cabal Communiations. Mondo sadly proved to be a relatively short-lived project and closed down in 2000.

In more recent times, I've co-written three books and written a fourth book all by my little self. You'll find extracts from my first book, The Book Of E: All About Ecstasy, co-written with Canadian author and journalist Mireille Silcoff, on this site. You'll also find a couple of extracts from what is probably my best known work, Rat Scabies And The Holy Grail, which was published in 2005 under my real name, Christopher Dawes.

In the years since Rat Scabies And The Holy Grail, had a bit of a tussle with a nasty little thing called lymphoma and I've left London for a radically different way of life out in the rural wilds of Somerset with my lovely wife Susie. My neighbours are mostly sheep these days.

I'm planning to add more stuff to this site on a regular-ish basis, so keep checking back for updates. In the meantime, take a look at my blog and feel free to say hello on Facebook or Twitter. See the navigation panel for links. I promise I won't bite. Unless there's a full moon.
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