is a magazine editor, journalist and author. He has worked in journalism for over twenty years, most often writing about football or rock music. He was managing editor of Match
Match! is a weekly British football magazine aimed at the teenage and pre-teenage market. First published in 1979, the magazine has a circulation of 57,108 as of December 2010. The magazine includes interviews, a skills school, quizzes and a weekly round-up of results, tables and player ratings...
from 1993 to 2001, a period that saw the weekly title become Britain's biggest selling football magazine. Between 2001 and 2006 he was the Editor of a series of special editions of UK music magazines, Mojo
MOJO is a popular music magazine published initially by Emap, and since January 2008 by Bauer, monthly in the United Kingdom. Following the success of the magazine Q, publishers Emap were looking for a title which would cater for the burgeoning interest in classic rock music...
Q is a popular music magazine published monthly in the United Kingdom.Founders Mark Ellen and David Hepworth were dismayed by the music press of the time, which they felt was ignoring a generation of older music buyers who were buying CDs — then still a new technology...
Uncut magazine, trademarked as UNCUT, is a monthly publication based in London. It is available across the English-speaking world, and focuses on music, but also includes film and books sections...
and New Musical Express
, producing themed publications on subjects such as The Beatles
The Beatles were an English rock band, active throughout the 1960s and one of the most commercially successful and critically acclaimed acts in the history of popular music. Formed in Liverpool, by 1962 the group consisted of John Lennon , Paul McCartney , George Harrison and Ringo Starr...
U2 are an Irish rock band from Dublin. Formed in 1976, the group consists of Bono , The Edge , Adam Clayton , and Larry Mullen, Jr. . U2's early sound was rooted in post-punk but eventually grew to incorporate influences from many genres of popular music...
, Kurt Cobain
Kurt Donald Cobain was an American singer-songwriter, musician and artist, best known as the lead singer and guitarist of the grunge band Nirvana...
Oasis were an English rock band formed in Manchester in 1991. Originally known as The Rain, the group was formed by Liam Gallagher , Paul "Bonehead" Arthurs , Paul "Guigsy" McGuigan and Tony McCarroll , who were soon joined by Liam's older brother Noel Gallagher...
, punk rock
Punk rock is a rock music genre that developed between 1974 and 1976 in the United States, the United Kingdom, and Australia. Rooted in garage rock and other forms of what is now known as protopunk music, punk rock bands eschewed perceived excesses of mainstream 1970s rock...
and mod. He was the editor of the series of three special editions of Mojo
magazine that told the story of The Beatles one thousands days at a time - the three magazines were eventually published as the book, The Beatles: 10 Years That Shook The World
, by Dorling Kindersley in 2004.
His book, World Cup Stories: The History Of The FIFA World Cup
, was published in April 2006 to accompany a BBC television series of the same name. The book was updated in November 2006 and published in a Greek language edition in 2010. His second book about the tournament, The Compact Book Of The World Cup
, was published in 2010 in both the UK and North America (in the USA it was titled World Cup Of Soccer: The Complete Guide
The first edition of his football encyclopedia The Complete Book Of Football
was published in 2003 and the second edition has been issued in foreign language editions, including Hungarian, German, Russian, Romanian and Czech. It has also been published in the USA as The Complete Book Of Soccer
Between 1988 and 1990 he was the original Editor of rap magazine Hip-Hop Connection
Hip Hop Connection is the longest running monthly periodical devoted entirely to hip hop culture. HHC has earned international recognition and was described by Chuck D as "the best magazine in the world".-History:...
, a magazine he returned to in 1992. Other national magazines that he has launched include Rage
, Solid Rock
and sports magazines Mega Sports
He has also worked in TV and radio, working for BBC Radio 5 show The Mix in the early 1990s. Along with colleague David Houghton
David Houghton is a graphic artist, designer and photographer. As a conceptual artist, his photographic work "explores and documents ordinary everyday images and situations that we normally overlook and take for granted”. He has published two independent books of his work...
, he filmed a video diary of his travels around Japan at the 2002 World Cup for the BBC and this formed part of the television programme "Beckham For Breakfast".
He has been a regular football columnist for Ice
, Sport First
and Football First
. In 2002 he wrote a monthly column for Your Cat
magazine, called "My Life With Stalin - An Everyday Tale Of One Bloke And His Cat". He has also been asked to write CD and DVD sleevenotes for many bands, including The Charlatans
The Charlatans are an English alternative rock band. The band's line-up currently comprises Tim Burgess , Mark Collins , Martin Blunt , Tony Rogers and Jon Brookes .Former members of the band include guitarist Jon Day , vocalist Baz Ketley...
, Secret Affair
Secret Affair were a mod revival band, formed in 1978 and disbanded in 1982. They reformed to perform and record in the 2000s.-Career:In a period of a little over two years, Secret Affair posted five releases in the UK Singles Chart and released three albums...
Corduroy were a four-piece acid jazz outfit based in London, formed around twins Ben Addison and Scott Addison , who were previously in Sire Records act Boys Wonder . Joining the twins in the band were Richard Searle and guitarist Simon Nelson-Smith...
, Purple Hearts
The Purple Hearts were often considered one of the best English mod revival groups, the NME calling them "one of the few mod bands to actually cut it on rock’n’roll terms”.-Career:...
and The Chords
The Chords are a 1970s British pop music group, commonly associated with the 1970s mod revival, who had several hits in their homeland, before the decline of the trend brought about their break-up...
. He has also written the liner notes for a compilation of easy listening cover versions of songs by The Beatles.
He started his career in the early 1980s, publishing a fanzine
A fanzine is a nonprofessional and nonofficial publication produced by fans of a particular cultural phenomenon for the pleasure of others who share their interest...
called Shadows & Reflections
and he has been involved in band management, most notably with The Moment
The Moment were among the leading bands of the 1980s UK mod revival, described retrospectively by Paul Moody of the NME as "English pop music's greatest ever secret"....
and Rinaldi Sings
Rinaldi Sings is the stage name used by Steve Rinaldi, a singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist whose orchestrated pop music prompted the New Musical Express to describe him in 2004 as a "cocksure 20th Century Scott Walker".- Background :...
- The Compact Book Of The World Cup (Hayden Media, 2010) 1st UK Edition ISBN 978-0-9564976-0-4
- World Cup Of Soccer (Firefly Books, 2010) 1st US Edition ISBN 978-1-55407-606-2
- World Cup Stories: The History Of The FIFA World Cup (Interact, 2006) 1st Edition ISBN 0-95498-192-8
- World Cup Stories: The History Of The World Cup (Interact, 2006) Updated 2nd Edition ISBN 0-9549819-6-0
- The Beatles: 10 Years That Shook The World (Editor) (Dorling Kindersley, 2004) ISBN 1-4053-0691-2 (UK); ISBN 0-7566-0670-5 (US)
- The Complete Book Of Soccer (Firefly Books, 2006) 2nd Edition (US) ISBN 978-1-55407-161-6
- The Complete Book Of Football (Hayden Publishing, 2003) 1st Edition ISBN 0-903635-16-0
- features articles by Chris Hunt and information about publications that he has produced