Will Hodgkinson was born in Newcastle and now lives in London with his wife and two children. He has written for the Guardian, Mojo, Vogue, Daily Telegraph, the Idler and Wallpaper. He is the author of the highly acclaimed books ''Guitar Man'' and ''Song Man'' (Bloomsbury), and is also the presenter of 'Songbook', Sky TV's popular series that interviews songwriters, asking intimate questions about their work, inspiration and the creative process.
'The Ballad of Britain is an enthusiast's jaunt, frothy armchair ethnomusicology, but Hodgkinson understands what very few music writers seem to: simply that music is about flesh and blood.' The Times