The History of MARTIN LEWIS as a Writer
Martin Lewis started his professional life as a freelance journalist in
1970 - writing for the prestige weekly British music magazines such as
NME (New Musical Express), Disc and Record Mirror. As his career in the
entertainment industry evolved in the 70's and 80's - to encompass
publicity, marketing and artist management - and subsequently to
producing and directing stage shows, TV specials, movies and records -
he had less and less time available for his journalism. His writing
work in this period was primarily confined to contributing concepts and
material to his record, stage, film and TV productions - including
several projects featuring Monty Python and Peter Cook - such as the
legendary "Secret Policeman's Ball" series of shows, albums and movies.
In 1990, Lewis distilled his 20 years experience working with
entertainers and metamorphosed into an artist in his own right - as a
performing humorist. In this capacity he found himself writing on a
regular basis again. However, the majority of his writing was for his
frequent television appearances - and in the late 1990's- for his
critically-acclaimed one-man stage show - "Great Exploitations!"
He was also the sole writer for major TV specials such as VH1's
inaugural "Divas Live" show - which became the highest-rated show in
VH1 history. In 1994 he was invited to contribute material to Monty
Python's first CD-ROM - "Monty Python's Complete Waste Of Time" -
distinguishing himself as the only non-Python to write and perform on
Through the 1990's Lewis became a familiar presence on American TV.
Though he initially covered entertainment and pop culture - by the late
1990's he was also in demand as a commentator offering his take
(usually sardonic - occasionally serious) on political and social
issues. It was his growing stature as a political and satirical
commentator on television that led to his return to 'print' journalism.
During the American presidential election of 2000 - he was invited to
write some articles about the campaign for the website of Time Magazine
- Time.com. The success of these essays led to Time.com requesting
further columns - and he spent over a year writing for this very
prestigious and widely-read website.
So - 30 years after his first professional writing - he has found
himself back in 'print' as a journalist!
Quite separately to his work as a humorist and commentator - Martin
Lewis enjoys a reputation as one of the world's leading authorities on
the Beatles. Drawing on his Beatles expertise – for he has been a
regular contributor to the leading Beatles fanzine - Daytrippin' – for
which he writes a column titled "Beatle-ly Incorrect!" He has also
written some other articles about the Beatles for Time.com, Daytrippin'
and for the acclaimed Abbey Road Beatles website.
One of his long-term projects is to present on this website all his
articles, interviews and reviews as a journalist from his 1970's
archive. This is a time-consuming project. Check back on the Martin
Lewis Columns Page periodically to monitor progress!