Charles Shaar Murray
CROSSTOWN LIGHTNIN’ / MUSIC JOURNALIST
His first experience in journalism came 1970 when he was asked to contribute to the satirical magazine Oz. In particular, he contributed to the notorious Schoolkids OZ issue.
He then wrote for IT (International Times), before decamping to the New Musical Express in 1972 for which he wrote until around 1986. Subsequently he worked for a number of publications including Q magazine, Mojo, MacUser, New Statesman, Prospect, The Guardian, The Observer, The Daily Telegraph, Vogue, Guitarist and The Independent.
CSM started getting serious about playing in the late 1970s, fronting the post-Feelgoods punk-blues band Blast Furnace & The Heatwaves, opening shows for the likes of The Clash, The Damned and Boomtown Rats, and touring with Wilko Johnson, Joe Jackson, The Pirates and Dave Edmunds/Nick Lowe’s Rockpile.
He’s currently guitarist/vocalist for London blues terrorists Crosstown Lightnin’, alongside harp maestro Buffalo Bill Smith and the all-female New York rhythm section The Queens Of Funk, as well as working with singer/songwriter Peter Conway.