Pursuing a circuitous route to a life in music, Richard Henderson graduated film school at S.U.N.Y. Buffalo in the late '70s and briefly joined Jon Hassell's concert group, whose membership included Brian Eno and Michael Brook. Henderson then scored commercials and provided incidental film music from his Manhattan studio throughout the ‘80s, switching to music writing in the decade that followed.
During ten years as a freelance writer for Billboard, he covered all aspects of the music industry; his writings on ethnomusicology, film music and avant-pop have appeared in The Wire (U.K.), the Beat, Soma, Escape, LA Weekly and Murder Dog. Richard Henderson's work on four film scores as assistant to his one-time bandmate, producer and film composer Michael Brook, led to his present career in music editing.