Anthony Thornton (born 1971, Cardiff) is the author of Libertines biography The Libertines: Bound Together, current NME Reviews Editor and New Media Consultant, and a close friend of the band.
Thornton spent two years with The Libertines, Babyshambles and Dirty Pretty Things. He was present at every key Libertines gig and was the only journalist to interview them on the night that The Libertines were reunited after Doherty’s prison sentence.
He was raised in Bristol, Peterborough, Grimsby and Horley, Surrey. He started working for the Birmingham Post in 1994 before writing about music for The Independent and Q magazine.
Following the editorship of dotmusic (RIP), from 1998 to 2003 he successfully edited NME.COM, which became Europe’s most visited music news website under his editorship. During this time he was twice awarded the Online Editor Of The Year at the British Society Of Magazine Editors Awards (the Oscars for magazine editors) and once received the same accolade from the Periodical Publishers Association who twice awarded NME.COM the website of the year during his stewardship.
In 2003 he got his current job as NME Reviews Editor and New Media Consultant. In his career Anthony has interviewed people as varied as Bono, Sigur Ros, Kylie, Janet Jackson and Radiohead. He spotted the potential and wrote the first NME reviews for Franz Ferdinand, Kaiser Chiefs and Bloc Party.