Born and raised in Ickenham, West London, Pete Haynes is a novelist, playwright and musician, his earliest creative work coming as the drummer and a founder member of legendary punk band The Lurkers. Active at the end of the 1970s and again in the early ’80s, The Lurkers were the first band to sign to London label Beggars Banquet, and their debut album Fulham Fallout and singles such as ‘Shadow’ and ‘Freak Show’ are considered punk-rock classics.
On leaving the band, Pete worked as a labourer on building sites and, later, supporting people with learning disabilities, all the while following his interest in writing. He has scripted a number of plays, several of which have been performed on the stage, and has had two non-fiction works published – God’s Lonely Men and An Unlikely Fooligan. The first is an account of the years he spent in The Lurkers, and offers an at times very funny look at punk rock, the music business, Britain and the USA. An Unlikely Fooligan, meanwhile, sees him roaming Japan over the course of two visits when he was variously identified as a Fooligan, Bruce Willis and Jumbo.
Pete has had three novels published – Malayan Swing, Cool Water and The Offender’s Nemesis – his debut released through London Books. His short fiction has appeared in Verbal. While he continues to write, in recent years Pete has teamed up with Lurkers Pete Stride and Nigel Moore again to record and release several new albums, first as God’s Lonely Men, and more recently under the band’s original name.