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March 13, 2018

There was a lot I wanted to write about in this blog when I started, but then decided that actually who really cares?

I was going to talk about how amazing New Orleans is. Just go there and find out for yourself.

I was going to say about the time I met John Peel and went...

January 22, 2018

Punk Rock happened in the late seventies and lasted for about two years. The whole premise of punk rock was anti-establishment, anarchy, give the kids what they want. It was a more aggressive version of the summer of love in 1967 – just ten years earlier, when young pe...

January 22, 2018

I have a less than impressive list of educational qualifications, I was average to just below average at sport, I can cook a bit, I can knock out a couple songs on the guitar, I am not great at DIY, I know nothing about cars or gardening, useless with money and have al...

January 19, 2018

Jazz, it’s a bit like wine, there is a lot of snobbery and lots of so called ‘experts’. But, you either like it or you don’t. Pretending that a particular riff by John Coltrane is ‘amaaaaaazing’ is like saying that a 1963 Chablis is ‘humorous but not pretentious’ or so...

January 3, 2018

I had a great chat on New Year’s Eve with Simon, a young DJ who is at University doing Music Tech or some course like that. I said he was a DJ because that’s what he wants to do.  I am fascinated by Dance Music and the DJs who create it. It seems a real mystery, a real...

January 3, 2018


The first gig I ever went to was in October 1972. I can remember that date so well because for some reason I kept a day to day diary that year. I don’t have it anymore but that date has been engrained on my memory as a result. It was a cold late autumn evening and my...

December 26, 2017

When I hear people talk about ‘The Sixties’, it reminds me of when I was young and I used to listen to people talk about ‘The War’. It has the same affection, rose tinted glasses effect. I agree I would rather have had my formative years in the sixties than the forties...

November 17, 2017

The second ‘first’ album I ever bought was L.A.Woman by The Doors. It was on 31st August 1971. I know this because it was the same day my niece Claire was born. So Claire, if you are reading this, now the whole internet knows how old you are.

I went to Greyfriars covere...

November 16, 2017

When people ask (and they never do) what was the first record I ever bought, I tell them my first single was Get It On by T.Rex and my first album was L.A. Woman by The Doors. This is a lie.

My Mum used to work at WH Smiths, back in the day Smiths had a good record shop...

November 15, 2017

I had a happy childhood, I really didn’t want to grow up, many will say that I still haven’t really. After listening to Barbara’s records I drifted into an obsession with football and supporting Ipswich Town Football Club. The first game I went to was in 1967, Ipswich...

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