Amy Raphael was born in London in 1967 and now lives in Brighton. She worked as Features Editor on The Face and Elle in the early 90s and as Editor at Large on Esquire in the mid-90s. She has freelanced for NME, Spin and the Evening Standard and now writes for The Guardian, The Observer and The Times. Her first book, Never Mind the Bollocks: Women Rewrite Rock, was published by Virago in 1995. She conducted the conversations and edited Mike Leigh on Mike Leigh, which was published by Faber & Faber in 2008. She has also contributed to the The Rolling Stone Book of Women in Rock and Perfect Pitch, a series of books about football.