Armando Gallo was born in Venice, grew up in Rome and started his career as a correspondent from London in 1967 for the Italian weekly BIG. He moved to LA in 1975 with a contract from CIAO 2001, the rock bible of Italian youth. Soon he was also writing about movies and television for the Italian weekly TV Sorrisi e Canzoni, Ongaku Senka (Japan) and Suosikki (Finland). He joined the HFPA in 1978. Following the English success of his authorized biography of the rock band Genesis, he formed a publishing company in LA and Rome, producing over 40 books on U2, Pink Floyd, Bob Marley, Springsteen, Peter Gabriel, Michael Jackson, The Police, Madonna, the Beatles and the Stones. In 1984, Gallo lived between London, Milan and Rome and finally moved back to LA in 1991 when he rejoined the HFPA, still writing for TV Sorrisi e Canzoni, TUTTO and CIAK. The following year, he shot and produced a video for U2, Even Better Than The Real Thing. For the past 30 years, he has concentrated on writing about movies, television and the Golden Globes. Since 2010 he has been writing for Oggi and Grazia, the two oldest Italian magazines.