A former bookseller and website editor, Travis Elborough has been a freelance writer, author and cultural commentator for the last decade. He is a regular contributor to the Guardian but has written for The
Times, Sunday Times, New Statesman, the Oldie, Tate etc, Picpus and BBC History magazine among others and frequently appears on BBC Radios 2, 4 and 5 Live.
He has survived interviewing the former (and notoriously bibulous) Dr Who Tom Baker in a bar, lectured on ‘retro’ culture at the Royal College of Art and appeared at various literary and music festivals, including Latitude and Green Man, and on a panel discussing Hedonism at the Institute of Contemporary Art in London with a burlesque dancer and the late artist dandy Sebastian Horsley.
Throughout August 2011, he was the guest historian on Russell Kane’s Whistle-Stop Tour, a six-part series for BBC Radio 2.
His essay on ‘Gonzo’ journalism graces the current British edition of Hunter S Thompson’s FEAR AND LOATHING IN LAS VEGAS.
His books include THE BUS WE LOVED: London’s Affair with the Routemaster (Granta September 2005) and THE LONG-PLAYER GOODBYE: The album from vinyl to iPod and back again (Sceptre July 2008, published in the US by Soft Skull June 2009 as THE VINYL COUNTDOWN) and WISH YOU WERE HERE: England on Sea (Sceptre 2010).