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Chris Blackford (Biography)


Since the early 1980s, Chris Blackford (born 1960, England) has contributed to numerous music magazines, including Avant, Brum Beat, Double Bassist, Jazz the MagazineNotesResonance, Variant and The Wire. He has written liner notes for ECM Records, Gott Discs, Leo Records, Potlatch Records and Virgin Records. He has also contributed biographical entries to The Guinness Encyclopedia of Jazz & Popular Music and The Virgin Encyclopedia Of Popular Music.

In 1985, Chris Blackford founded Rubberneck Magazine (ISSN 0952-6609) and was its editor and publisher. The magazine specialised in experimental musics, such as improvised music, free jazz, avant-garde rock and contemporary composition. Between 1985 and 1999, 30 print issues were published, featuring a host of interviews with and essays written by major and upcoming musicians/composers involved in various areas of experimental music: Derek Bailey, Evan Parker, Jan Garbarek, Chris Cutler, Sylvia Hallett, Hans Reichel, David Moss, Pierre Favre, Annick Nozati, Michel Doneda, Peter Hammill, Barry Guy, Howard Riley, Hugh Davies, Hal Rammel, Simon H. Fell, Jin Hi Kim, Emily Bezar, John Butcher, and others. In 2000, the magazine became an online-only ‘webzine’ and continued to gain international recognition until it was suspended in 2005. While there are no immediate plans to resume the magazine, an online ‘Rubberneck Archive’ is in the process of being established.

Since 2005, Chris Blackford has returned to writing fiction. In 2010, he completed a novel called The Malevich Teapot which he describes as “a seething psychodrama, a savage whimsy, a crass farce.” He is currently working on another novel which he describes as “ludicrously labyrinthine”. In his spare time he likes to potter in the garden, walk the dog, and think the unthinkable.

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  1. September 5, 2013 at 9:59 am

    Hi Chris. Interesting to see what you’ve been up to. Thank you for your review of TARDIS all those years ago. I’m trying to find it. Its not online and my copy of the original got lost along the way. Hope you’re well. Very best wishes andrewpoppy

  2. Robert wyatt Ellidge
    February 18, 2017 at 12:08 am

    another message in a bottle : Met Louth town square. ‘td be nice to be in touch .

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