Known for his bestselling biography of the Welsh band Manic Street Preachers, released in 1999 and entitled Everything, he also became known for writing a music review column in The Independent on Sundays.
After studying philosophy and French at University College London, he was hired as a music critic by Barry & District News. He subsequently spent nearly a decade working for a music journal called Melody Maker.
He closely associated himself with a 1990s United Kingdom glam and pop music movement known as Romantic Modernism ("Romo").
He grew up near Cardiff, Wales, in the Vale of Glamorgan town of Barry.
He publicly opposed Pope Benedict XVI's 2010 visit to the United Kingdom.