Philip Willey was born in England in 1941. He had a confusing childhood that led to a confusing adolescence. After leaving school he worked in a bank before becoming a middle-class English beatnik. In the early sixties he hitchhiked around Europe and ended up in India. When he got back to London it was swinging. He became involved in the Pop world and the underground press. He has since written for numerous publications and published several books including one on William Burroughs (illustrated by Lyle Schultz) and one on John Lennon. Nowadays he lives quietly on a small farm on Vancouver Island writing the occasional art review and working on his memoirs.