Alexis Petridis

Alexis Petridis is a British journalist, head rock and pop critic for the UK newspaper The Guardian, as well as a regular contributor to the magazine GQ. In addition to his music journalism for the paper, he has written a weekly column in the fashion section of The Guardian's Weekend section, as well as contributing to its "Lost in Showbiz" column. Of Greek descent, Petridis was born in Sunderland in the north of England, but grew up in Silsden, near Keighley in Yorkshire. The family later moved to Buckinghamshire. After studying at Dr Challoner's Grammar School in Amersham, he began his writing career at the University of Cambridge by contributing to the student newspaper Varsity. He was the final editor of the now defunct music magazine Select.

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Tom Verlaine: Television’s perfectionist guitar genius always kept punk guessing | Alexis Petridis

Sam Smith: Gloria review | Alexis Petridis's album of the week

David Crosby: a maddening musical genius who thrived through the chaos | Alexis Petridis

Måneskin: Rush! review | Alexis Petridis's album of the week

Clavish: Rap Game Awful review | Alexis Petridis's album of the week

Heart full of soul: the maverick genius of Jeff Beck, the ‘guitarist’s guitarist’ | Alexis Petridis

SZA: SOS review | Alexis Petridis's album of the week

Vince Guaraldi Trio: A Charlie Brown Christmas review | Alexis Petridis's album of the week

David Bowie: Divine Symmetry | Alexis Petridis's album of the week

Wilko Johnson’s second act was every bit as belligerent and explosive as his first | Alexis Petridis

Weyes Blood: And in the Darkness, Hearts Aglow review | Alexis Petridis's album of the week

Keith Levene wrote his own rules for rock guitar | Alexis Petridis

Taylor Swift: Midnights review | Alexis Petridis's album of the week

Bill Callahan: Reality review | Alexis Petridis's album of the week

Willow: Coping Mechanism review | Alexis Petridis's album of the week

Gabriels: Angels and Queens Part One review | Alexis Petridis's album of the week

Vieux Farka Touré and Khruangbin: Ali review | Alexis Petridis's album of the week

Mura Masa: Demon Time review | Alexis Petridis's album of the week

Ozzy Osbourne: Patient Number 9 review | Alexis Petridis's album of the week

Yungblud: Yungblud review | Alexis Petridis's album of the week