Simon Ford is a writer and art historian, and formerly Special Collections Bibliographer at the National Art Library, Victoria and Albert Museum and assistant editor of Mute magazine. He received his PhD from the Courtauld Institute of Art in 2000 for his work on avant-gardism in Britain, 1969-1981. He is a regular contributor to Mute, Art Monthly, Contemporary and Texte zur Kunst. His published books include Wreckers of Civilisation: The Story of COUM Transmission and Throbbing Gristle, 1999, and Hip Priest: The Story of Mark E. Smith and The Fall, 2003. He is also editor of Information Sources in Art, Art History and Design, 2001. Other major works by Ford include The Situationist International: A User’s Guide, 2005 and The Realisation and Suppression of the Situationist International: An Annotated Bibliography, 1972-92, 1994. He has also been actively involved in various alternative art projects.