Colin Larkin

Colin Larkin (born 1949) is a British writer and entrepreneur. He founded, and was the editor-in-chief of, the Encyclopedia of Popular Music,[1] described by The Times as "the standard against which all others must be judged".[2]

Colin Larkin
Born1949 (age 7172)
Dagenham, Essex, England
  • Writer
  • entrepreneur
  • publisher
  • musician

Along with the ten-volume encyclopedia, Larkin also wrote the book All Time Top 1000 Albums,[3] and edited the Guinness Who's Who of Jazz,[4] the Guinness Who's Who of Blues,[5] and the Virgin Encyclopedia Of Heavy Rock.[6] The compiler of the most extensive database of popular music in Europe and the US, a writer and book designer by trade, Larkin has over 650,000 copies in print to date.[7] As an authority on popular music, Larkin has often been interviewed on radio, and had a regular slot on BBC GLR for two years in the 1990s.