Steve Pafford has written about arts and entertainment types since the 1990s. Having trained from the floor up in UK music titles such as Q, MOJO and Record Collector, he's had his work featured in a wide variety of British, American and Australian media including the BBC, Channel 4, CNN, The Independent and the New York Times, as well as lifestyle publications F:S, Gay Times, GuySpy, QX and DNA, and the record-breaking exhibition David Bowie Is.
Steve has interviewed or worked with an impressive array of music notables, including Adam Ant, Annie Lennox, Blondie, Boy George, Chris Martin, David Bowie, George Michael, Iggy Pop, k.d. lang, Lou Reed, Pete Burns, Pet Shop Boys, Philip Glass, Rick Astley, Thomas Dolby, Tony Visconti, Visage and Toyah Wilcox. Boy George congratulated Steve on his "A-Level Bowie", while Madonna went one further and displayed his first book BowieStyle, a collaboration with another former MOJO staffer Mark Paytress (Omnibus, 2000), on her Marble Arch coffee table. Though his fellow half-Greek George Michael once chastised him because "he turned up at one of my concerts wearing a T-shirt that said 'I Wanked Off George Michael'. I should've written on the back of it, "You most certainly did not!"
Steve divides his time between Australia and the south of France. Somewhat ironically for such a lover of music, he can't dance.
List of articles in the library by artist
Review and Interview by Steve Pafford, MOJO, 17 July 2017
Long-promised 3-CD set of Antmusic: 20 chart singles from five record labels, key album and BBC session tracks, plus 24 unreleased demos and alternate takes, ...
Retrospective by Steve Pafford, 'The MOJO Collection' (Canongate), 2000
DESPITE BEING the last act out of the original New York punk scene to be offered a record deal, the blond ambition of ex-Playboy Bunny ...
Interview by Steve Pafford, Record Collector, January 2007
As David Bowie turns 60 on 8 January, Neil Tennant from Pet Shop Boys talks about his lifelong obsession with the man who fell to ...
Essay by Steve Pafford, DNA, June 2015
David Bowie was the bisexual alien rock star who sold genderfuck to the world. He's also claimed to be the first pop star to declare ...
Interview by Steve Pafford, Rock's Backpages Audio, June 2007
The man born Georgios Kyricacos Panayiotou talks at length about his family's attitudes towards homosexuality; his relationship with his mother; coming out to his parents; on his own gayness, and not being part of the gay community; on Wham! bandmate Andrew Ridgeley; on songs and videos such 'Wham Rap', 'Club Tropicana' and 'Young Guns'; manager Simon Napier-Bell's shenanigans; the L.A. cruising incident and his American career; meeting Anselmo Feleppa; meeting Kenny Goss; his love of David Bowie; the rivalry between the Brit MTV bands; the state of current pop, and how he sees his future.
File format: mp3; file size: 109.1mb, interview length: 1h 53' 40" sound quality: ***
Interview by Steve Pafford, Richard Smith, GAY TIMES, July 2007
ALTHOUGH IT'S probably not what George Michael would like to be remembered for, something happened a year ago that summed him up beautifully. George was ...
Review by Steve Pafford, Mojo Collections, 2019
ALL THE EXTRANEOUS talk of tantrums and tears, beehives, booze and bisexuality has, over the years, tended to overshadow the fact that Dusty Springfield was, ...
Review by Steve Pafford, QX, October 2006
Steve Pafford presents a track-by-track review of quite possibly the gayest album of the year… ...
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