Paul Du Noyer

Paul Du Noyer (born Paul Anthony Du Noyer; 21 May 1954) is an English rock journalist and author.[1][2] He was born in Liverpool, Lancashire, and educated at the London School of Economics. He has written and edited for the music magazines NME, Q and Mojo. Du Noyer is the author of several books on the music industry, rock musicians, London and on his hometown, Liverpool.[3][4]

Paul Du Noyer
Born (1954-05-21) 21 May 1954 (age 67)
CitizenshipUnited Kingdom
OccupationRock critic, journalist, editor, author
Known forFounding editor of Mojo

He was associate editor at The Word magazine from 2002 until its demise in 2012.[5]


Du Noyer began his writing career in London after moving from Liverpool at the age of eighteen. He was a freelance journalist from 1978 to 1980 and then worked as an assistant editor for the NME before becoming a staff writer in 1980. At Q, he was assistant editor until 1990 and then served as editor before becoming the founding editor of Mojo magazine. In the latter role, he won an award for "Editor of the year" in 1994.[6] He left Mojo in 1995 but remains a contributing editor. He was editor director for Emap Digital Music from 1999 to 2001.[citation needed]

During his career as a rock journalist and editor, Du Noyer has interviewed music artists such as David Bowie, Bruce Springsteen, Van Morrison and Madonna. In 1997, he wrote We All Shine On, a book about the solo songs of John Lennon.[6]

Du Noyer has worked as an editorial consultant for clients such as Paul McCartney and Yoko Ono.[7] He edited the programme for McCartney's 1989–90 world tour[8] and wrote an essay there forwarding McCartney's association with the 1960s avant-garde scene in London.[9] The programme was part of McCartney's campaign, begun in 1986,[10] to challenge the public's perception of him as musically conservative in the years following Lennon's murder in 1980.[9][11] Du Noyer went on to serve as editor of subsequent McCartney tour programmes and has supplied the liner notes for several McCartney album reissues.[8]

Books and publications

  • The Story of Rock 'n' Roll (1995)
  • We All Shine On: The Stories Behind Every John Lennon Song (1997)
  • The Clash: Modern Icons (1998)
  • Marc Bolan (Virgin Modern Icons) (1999)
  • Liverpool: Wondrous Place (2002)
  • In the City: A Celebration of London Music (2010)
  • John Lennon: The Stories Behind Every Song 1970–1980 (2010)
  • Working Class Hero (2010)
  • Deaf School: The Non-Stop Pop Art Punk Rock Party (2013)
  • Conversations with McCartney (2015)


  1. "Paul Du Noyer , Esq". Debrett's. Retrieved 30 October 2011.
  2. "Sounds of the city". The Guardian. 30 October 2011. Retrieved 30 October 2011.
  3. "From Tin Pan Alley to Tinchy Stryder". NME. Retrieved 30 October 2011.
  4. "Paul Du Noyer: Liverpool: Wondrous Place". Archived from the original on 20 October 2014. Retrieved 30 October 2011.
  5. "Word Podcast 188 - the Bowiecast". The Word. Archived from the original on 17 October 2011. Retrieved 30 October 2011.
  6. "Paul Du Noyer". Retrieved 30 October 2011.
  7. "Paul Du Noyer". Archived from the original on 25 April 2012. Retrieved 30 October 2011.CS1 maint: bot: original URL status unknown (link)
  8. "Journalism: The Beatles > 3. Paul McCartney". Archived from the original on 27 July 2015. Retrieved 5 May 2021.
  9. Sounes, Howard (2010). Fab: An Intimate Life of Paul McCartney. London: HarperCollins. p. 419. ISBN 978-0-00-723705-0.
  10. Garcia, Gilbert (28 January 2003). "The Ballad of Paul and Yoko". Salon. Archived from the original on 7 July 2012. Retrieved 21 February 2020.
  11. Doggett, Peter (2011). You Never Give Me Your Money: The Beatles After the Breakup. New York, NY: It Books. pp. 291–92, 325–26. ISBN 978-0-06-177418-8.