Anthony Thornton was born in 1971 in Cardiff, and was raised in Bristol, Peterborough, Grimsby and Horley, Surrey. He started working for the Birmingham Post in 1994 before writing about music for The Independent and Q magazine.
Following the editorship of dotmusic (RIP) he successfully edited NME.COM from 1998-2003, it became Europe’s most visited music news website under his editorship. During this time he was twice awarded the Online Editor Of The Year at the British Society Of Magazine Editors Awards (the Oscars for magazine editors) and once received the same accolade from the Periodical Publishers Association who twice awarded NME.COM the website of the year during his stewardship.
In 2003 he got his current job as NME Reviews Editor and New Media Consultant. In his career Anthony has interviewed people as varied as Bono, Sigur Ros, Kylie, Janet Jackson and Radiohead. He spotted the potential and wrote the first NME reviews for Franz Ferdinand, Kaiser Chiefs and Bloc Party.
He spent two years with The Libertines, Babyshambles and Dirty Pretty Things. He was present at every key Libertines gig and was the only journalist to interview them on the night that The Libertines were reunited after Peter’s prison sentence.
The Libertines: Bound Together is his first book.
Roger Sargent was born in London in 1970 to a maverick English teacher mother and a father who filmed TV classics The Professionals and Minder; casting shadows further, one grandfather was the clapper boy on Hitchcock’s The 39 Steps, the other invented the police siren. Roger’s transient childhood took in Somerset and South Africa, with a brief break in Gwent along the way.
After becoming a mod with a passion for punk rock, he joined Magnum legend David Hurn’s renowned documentary photography course at Newport College, but almost dropped out to go on the road with Fabulous, a band made up of NME Journalists and porn stars. On graduating – and following a brief sojourn at Melody Maker and I.D. Magazine – Roger went to NME, surviving trauma and trends for a decade. Having worked for Rolling Stone, Mojo, Daily Telegraph and The Guardian amongst others, he has most recently won critical and popular acclaim for two major exhibitions, The Libertines – Boys In The Band and Future Legends, and has been called “the UK’s most important music photographer”.
This is his first book.