Daryl Easlea is a writer, DJ and music consultant. He is at his happiest writing about African-American pop or great musical eccentrics. He has written critically-acclaimed biographies on CHIC, Sparks, Michael Jackson and Peter Gabriel.
Daryl Easlea was in music retail between 1979 and 1997, and left to belatedly take his degree in American History and International History at Keele, where he also ran the student radio station. He began writing professionally in 1999. After graduating in 2000, he became the deputy editor at Record Collector, where he remains a regular contributor. His work has also appeared in Mojo, various Q and Mojo specials, Prog Magazine, The Guardian, Uncut, Dazed & Confused, The Independent, Socialism, The Glasgow Herald, The Encyclopedia of Popular Music, 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die and bbc.co.uk.