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Paul Du Noyer (born Paul Anthony Du Noyer; 21 May 1954) is an English rock journalist and author.[1][2] He was born in Liverpool, Lancashire, and educated at the London School of Economics. He has written and edited for NME, Q, and Mojo. Du Noyer is the author of several books on the music industry, rock musicians, London and on his hometown, Liverpool.[3][4]

Paul Du Noyer
Born (1954-05-21) 21 May 1954 (age 65)
CitizenshipUnited Kingdom
Occupationrock critic, journalist, editor, author
Known forFounding editor of Mojo

He was associate editor at The Word magazine from 2002 until its demise in 2012.[5]


Du Noyer began his writing career in London after moving from Liverpool at aged eighteen. He was a freelance journalist from 1978 to 1980 and then worked as an assistant editor for NME before becoming a staff writer in 1980. At Q, he was assistant editor until 1990 and then served as editor before becoming founding editor for Mojo magazine, with an award for "Editor of the year" in 1994.[6] He left the magazine in 1995 but remains a contributing editor. He was editor director for Emap Digital Music from 1999 to 2001.[citation needed]

During his career as a rock journalist and editor, he has interviewed music artists such as David Bowie, Bruce Springsteen, Van Morrison and Madonna. In 1997, he wrote We All Shine On, a book about the solo songs of John Lennon.[6]

Du Noyer, as an editorial consultant has worked for clients, Paul McCartney and Yoko Ono.[7]

Books and publicationsEdit

  • The Story of Rock 'n' Roll (1995),
  • We All Shine On: The Stories Behind Every John Lennon Song (1997)
  • The Clash: Modern Icons (1998)
  • Marc Bolan (Virgin Modern Icons) (1999)
  • Liverpool: Wondrous Place (2002),
  • In The City: A Celebration of London Music (2010)
  • John Lennon: The Stories Behind Every Song 1970-1980 (2010)
  • Working Class Hero (2010)
  • Deaf School: The Non-Stop Pop Art Punk Rock Party (2013)
  • Conversations with McCartney (2015)


  1. ^ "Paul Du Noyer , Esq". Debrett's. Retrieved 30 October 2011.
  2. ^ "Sounds of the city". The Guardian. 30 October 2011. Retrieved 30 October 2011.
  3. ^ "From Tin Pan Alley to Tinchy Stryder". NME. Retrieved 30 October 2011. Italic or bold markup not allowed in: |publisher= (help)
  4. ^ "Paul Du Noyer: Liverpool: Wondrous Place". Retrieved 30 October 2011.
  5. ^ "Word Podcast 188 - the Bowiecast". The Word. Archived from the original on 17 October 2011. Retrieved 30 October 2011. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help); Italic or bold markup not allowed in: |publisher= (help)
  6. ^ a b "Paul Du Noyer". Retrieved 30 October 2011.
  7. ^ "Paul Du Noyer". Archived from the original on 25 April 2012. Retrieved 30 October 2011. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)CS1 maint: BOT: original-url status unknown (link)

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