Born in Chicago, Barbara Charone moved to London after graduating from Northwestern University. The first half of her career was spent as a music journalist working for NME, Sounds, Rolling Stone, Crawdaddy and Cream before writing the authorised biography Keith Richards: Life As A Rolling Stone in 1979.
In November 2000, after almost 20 years at Warner Brothers, Barbara co-founded leading independent music agency MBCPR with Moira Bellas where she still works now. Within six months it became one of the country's top music PR firms.
Barbara Charone is one of the most respected women working in the music business. In November 2001, Charone and Bellas, were honoured as Women of the Year by Nordoff-Robbins Music Therapy and The Brit Trust and in 2006 and 2009 won the coveted Music Week PR Award. In May 2022 Barbara Charone was presented with The Strat at the Music Week Awards, for lifetime achievement. Charone was involved in a recent successful bid to buy her beloved Chelsea Football Club, and will be a non-executive director.