Mick Mercer

Mick Mercer
Nationality United Kingdom
Occupation Photographer, author, journalist
Known for Goth subculture

Mick Mercer (born 1958) is a journalist and author best known for his photos and reviews of the goth, punk and indie music scenes.

Life and work

Mercer is primarily a writer focused on the gothic scene and its music. He has also photographed bands from the punk era onwards. He publishes a monthly online magazine, The Mick, and hosts a weekly live internet radio show, Mick Mercer Radio.

Mercer ran one of the first punk fanzines, Panache, from 1976 to 1992. In 1978, he began writing for British music paper Record Mirror, then freelanced for ZigZag magazine, later becoming its editor until the magazine folded in 1986. During the 1980s, he wrote regularly for the British music weekly Melody Maker, and edited Siren magazine in the 1990s. He has written five books on gothic music, and self-published over 100 books, available through his website. He continues to publish weekly reviews of records, visible on his Facebook pages.

Mercer's Music to Die For compendium (2009) was described by The Quietus as having "a far greater stylistic variety than the casual observer might imagine", and as being "stuffed full of the best and most artistic music the world has to offer".[1]



The second and third books spawned a series of CD compilations, with detailed sleeve notes provided by Mercer.


  1. 1 2 Alex Ogg (8 April 2009). "Don't Fear The Reaper - Mick Mercer On Goth". The Quietus. Retrieved 22 February 2014.

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