Jerry Thackray

30 Oct 2017


Senior Lecturer – Cross-discipline

Dr Jerry Thackray is an internationally-renowned music critic, who has edited and written for countless magazines and websites on three separate continents. He is better-known under his (main) writing name Everett True as “the man who invented grunge” (Entertainment Weekly, 1991) and for pushing Kurt Cobain on stage in a wheelchair for Nirvana’s final UK performance at Reading Festival in 1992. He has written several books on rock music, including biographies of Nirvana, Ramones and The White Stripes. He was Assistant Editor of Melody Maker and Editor of Vox during the 1990s before going on to found influential independent magazines Careless Talk Costs Lives and Plan B.

Kurt Cobain called Everett the “biggest rock star journalist in the world”, while Karen O termed him “the coolest man in Britain”.

Under his performing name The Legend!, Jerry released his first record on Creation Records, and in recent years put out split singles with Kate Nash. He has performed on stage with Nirvana, Soundgarden, Lemonheads, Hole, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Sleater-Kinney, Jesus And Mary Chain, Primal Scream, The Go! Team… among hundreds of others. Nick Cave described The Legend!’s onstage performance as being “more entertaining than Nina Simone”.

Jerry also holds the rare – possibly unique – distinction of having achieved a PhD in his own work.

After a sojourn in Brisbane, where Jerry served as album reviewer for The Guardian (Aus), he now lives in Brighton where he runs his own book company Rejected Unknown:

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