Paul Trynka

Paul Trynka is a British rock journalist and author. He was the editor of the music magazine Mojo[1] from 1999 to 2003, and has also worked as editorial director of Q and editor of International Musician.[2] In 2004, he edited publisher Dorling Kindersley's compilation of the Mojo Special Limited Edition issues on the Beatles.[2] He has also written for The Independent[3] and Classic Rock magazine,[4] and contributed articles on music, fashion, design or travel for The Guardian, Elle and Blueprint, among other publications.[2] Before turning to journalism, he worked as a professional musician, recording albums for the Beggars Banquet and Fantasy record labels.[2]


Trynka has written or co-written the books Electric Guitar (1993), Portrait of the Blues (1996) and Denim (2001).[2] In 2011, he published Starman: David Bowie, a biography of English musician David Bowie.[5] Writing in The New York Times, Dwight Garner described it as "a better-than-average rock biography, but just barely".[6]

Trynka wrote Sympathy for the Devil: The Birth of the Rolling Stones and the Death of Brian Jones, a 2014 biography of Rolling Stones guitarist Brian Jones.[7] The book was published in the United States as Brian Jones: The Making of the Rolling Stones.[7] In his review for The New York Times, Larry Rohter said the book "challenges the standard version of events" by recognising Jones' importance on a par with Mick Jagger and Keith Richards, and added: "Though Mr. Trynka sometimes overstates Jones’s long-term cultural impact, his is revisionist history of the best kind – scrupulously researched and cogently argued – and should be unfailingly interesting to any Stones fan."[7]

Trynka wrote Iggy Pop: Open Up and Bleed, a biography of Iggy Pop. A review in The Guardian describes the book as "piecing together the chaotic life story of this often unhinged performer in thorough and scrupulously non-judgmental detail".[8]


  1. ^ "David Bowie: Profile". The Irish Times. 11 January 2016. Retrieved 11 January 2016.
  2. ^ a b c d e "Paul Trynka". Rock's Backpages. Retrieved 12 May 2018.
  3. ^ "Paul Trynka". Retrieved 12 May 2018.
  4. ^ "Articles by Paul Trynka". Retrieved 12 May 2018.
  5. ^ Harrison, Andrew (2 January 2016). "David Bowie: Back in the spotlight, still refusing to play along". The Guardian. Retrieved 11 January 2016.
  6. ^ Dwight Garner (critic) (21 July 2011). "David Bowie, the Cool Chameleon From Mars". The New York Times. Retrieved 12 March 2018.
  7. ^ a b c Larry Rohter (16 November 2014). "Ignobly Fading Away From the Rolling Stones". The New York Times. Retrieved 11 January 2016.
  8. ^ Sinclair, David. "Lust for life: Iggy Pop: Open Up and Bleed". The Guardian. 5 March 2017. Retrieved 13 March 2018.

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