UK based music journalist, editor and broadcaster. Originally a sports reporter on the long defunct Slough Evening Mail, Irwin joined Melody Maker in the mid-1970s. He was to spend over 12 years there, graduating to become Features Editor and Assistant Editor. He left to become editor of weekly pop magazine Number One, later going to work at the BBC. He is now a freelance writer, he contributes to fROOTS, Mojo, The Guardian, Daily Telegraph and Observer Music Monthly. He has also authored a number of music books.