Chris Welch

Chris Welch (born 12 November 1941) is an English music journalist, critic, and author who is best known for his work from the late 1960s as a reporter for Melody Maker, Musicians Only, and Kerrang!. He is the author of over 40 music books.

Early lifeEdit

Welch was raised in Catford, south east London.[1] He left school at 16 and became a messenger for a national daily newspaper in Fleet Street.[1]


In 1960, Welch started work for The Kentish Times.[1] In October 1964, after writing for a local newspaper, Welch became a reporter for Melody Maker at age 22.[2] His first interview was with The Yardbirds with Eric Clapton.[1] 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 17 October 2012 Welch was presented with a BASCA Gold Badge Award in recognition of his unique contribution to music.[1]

Published worksEdit

  • Adam & The Ants ISBN 0-352-30963-6 (1981)
  • Black Sabbath ISBN 0-86276-015-1 (1982)
  • Led Zeppelin: The Book ISBN 0-86276-113-1 (1984)
  • Paul McCartney: The Definitive Biography ISBN 0-86276-126-3 (1984)
  • Power and Glory: Jimmy Page and Robert Plant ISBN 5-551-35290-0 (1985)
  • Def Leppard: An Illustrated Biography ISBN 0-86276-263-4 (1986)
  • Take You Higher: The Tina Turner Story ISBN 0-491-03951-4 (1986)
  • The Tina Turner Experience ISBN 0-86379-138-7 (1987)
  • Pink Floyd: Learning to Fly ISBN 1-898141-70-3 (1994)
  • Cream: Strange Brew ISBN 1-898141-80-0 (1994)
  • The Complete Guide to the Music of Genesis ISBN 0-7119-5428-3 (1995)
  • The Who: Teenage Wasteland ISBN 1-898141-18-5 (1995)
  • Dazed and Confused: The Story Behind Every Led Zeppelin Song ISBN 1-85868-340-8 (1998)
  • Changes: The Story Behind Every David Bowie Song, 1970-1980 ISBN 1-85868-810-8 (1999)
  • Cream ISBN 0-87930-624-6 (2000)
  • John Bonham: A Thunder of Drums (with Geoff Nicholls) ISBN 0-87930-658-0 (2001)
  • Ginger Geezer: The Life of Vivian Stanshall (with Lucian Randall) ISBN 1-84115-679-5 (2002)
  • Peter Grant: The Man Who "Led Zeppelin" ISBN 0-7119-9195-2 (2002)
  • Close to the Edge – The Story of Yes ISBN 0-7119-9509-5 (2003)
  • Genesis: Complete Guide to Their Music ISBN 1-84449-868-9 (2005)
  • Led Zeppelin: Experience The Biggest Band Of The 70s ISBN 978-1-78097-000-4 (2014)


  1. ^ a b c d Daniels, Neil (2008). "Chris Welch Interview". Archived from the original on 23 June 2010. Retrieved 26 March 2019.
  2. ^ Lindberg, Ulf (2005) Rock Criticism from the Beginning: Amusers, Bruisers And Cool-Headed Cruisers, p. 81. Peter Lang At Google Books. Retrieved 16 June 2013.

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