Daryl Easlea worked in music retail between 1979 and 1997, and left to take his degree in American History and International History at Keele, where he also ran the student radio station.
He began writing professionally in 1999. After graduating in 2000, he became the deputy editor at Record Collector, where he remains a regular contributor. His work has also appeared in Mojo, Mojo Collections, various Q and Mojo specials, Prog Magazine, The Guardian, Uncut, Dazed & Confused, The Independent, Socialism, The Glasgow Herald, The Encyclopaedia of Popular Music, 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die and bbc.co.uk.
He also compiles and annotates CDs, DJs and broadcasts.