Music has been a passion for freelance writer and photographer Max Wooldridge ever since his famous sportswriter father banned everything but Beethoven from the childhood home. He later turned to writing when he realized he sung worse than that bloke from The Flaming Lips and couldn’t sustain even a basic beat with chopsticks on a biscuit tin. He is a former Observer Young Travel Writer of the Year and author of Rock ‘n’ Roll London and several travel guides. He writes for UK newspapers and magazines and specialises in the quirky and adventurous - staying in an old Soviet prison in Latvia, attending rodeo school in the Aussie outback and firing rocket-propelled grenades in Cambodia. He lives in south-west London.