John Harris was born in 1969, and raised in Cheshire.
After three years at The Queen's College, Oxford, he became a full-time writer at the NME in 1993, where he stayed until the summer of 1995. Fortuitously, this represented ideal timing. John was around for the birth of what became known as Britpop, and wrote reams about most of its key players - Suede, Blur, Elastica, Oasis.
After a spell with Q, he became Editor of Select magazine in 1996, before deciding to return - two weeks before his 30th birthday - to the life of a freelance writer. During the next four years, he wrote for Q, Mojo and Rolling Stone, contributed to the Independent, and then settled into his current role, as a contracted writer for The Guardian, writing across a range of subjects, from music to politics.
John Harris's acclaimed first book, The Last Party: Britpop, Blair And The Demise Of English Rock, was published by Fourth Estate in May 2003. His second, a pre-election primer for disillusioned Labour supporters entitled So Now Who Do We Vote For?, appeared in January 2005. His third, The Dark Side Of The Moon: The Making Of The Pink Floyd Masterpiece, was published 11 months later.