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London-based author. Started as advertising copywriter after doing sociology and student journalism at Manchester University. Rock journalist and feature writer in 70s. Big break was working with Peter Gillman and Geoffrey Cannon at Radio Times from 1970 onwards.
Seeking edgier material, began to write for Time Out's first music editor Ian Pollock. We gave Rod Stewart the cover three months before Maggie May was a hit. One of Ian's favourite groups was the Grateful Dead and that led to Myles asking John Higgins, the arts editor of The Times (who wrote about opera) if he was interested in a review of this hairy, druggy,subversive group from San Francisco, who were playing four nights at the Lyceum. John published that review and many others up to 1974.
Also wrote for Rolling Stone, Let It Rock, and for Felix Dennis at Oz. Made fun of pop culture books for Miles Kington at Punch. Also wrote for The Listener, New Society, Let It Rock. Managed and co-managed groups. Football journalist for The Scotsman from 1982, covering all games at Wembley, plus matches at Arsenal, Spurs, QPR, West Ham and Chelsea. Meeting George Graham in 1986 was galvanising, as I realised within 90 seconds that something different would happen. The arrival of Arsene Wenger in 1996 showed me a different animal,a new species, someone who was nothing like any of the hundreds of managers I had known. Met many wonderful people through Arsenal and began to blog on Ian Grant's Arsenal News Review in 1998.
Started interviewing musicians again and reviewing concerts circa 1985 into the 2000s. Married with son & daughter. Big fan of Book Slam and have learned a lot from hearing authors and poets read from their work at 12 Acklam Road, The Tabernacle and Clapham Grand. Elliott Jack and Patrick Neate asked Myles to write the introduction to Too Much Too Young, Book Slam's second book of short stories, which opened with a witty tale about a class of schoolboys who get a lovely new English teacher. Author: the esteemed and deservedly popular David Nicholls.