I need a little help here. I have been working on a rewrite of my Roy Harper book with a view to publishing it in the next couple of weeks. I am finally approaching the end and it is coming along really well. I’m enjoying doing it.
I should be finished in the next couple of days.
I have just turned my attention to the back cover and started jotting down some thoughts. I would greatly appreciate your thoughts and suggestions. Below are four rough proposals. Do any of them work? What needs doing?
Any ideas welcomed.
1967 was a momentous year for me. I was eighteen, boiling with hormones, angst, sex and rebellion. In the prefabricated world of the dedicated followers of fashion I was the rank outsider, too extreme to fit into the norms of the ‘in crowd’ with their Carnaby Street flares and neatly trimmed long hair and collections of top ten hits. With my shoulder length hair, Zen and head full of Kerouac’s crazy zest for discovery I was the acid tongued hipster more attuned to the psychedelic jungle of London backstreets, blues clubs and all night adventures than a sixth form common room.
I wanted to let rip. I was young, wild and bursting with idealistic fervour.
The world was my playground, my university, my mystical, infinite source of wonder and awe. Life was there to be burned. I had to grapple with it, wrestle it to submission and screw answers out of it.
That was the year I met and befriended Roy.
This is the story of a friendship that has spanned 50 years. I first met Roy Harper in 1967 when he was first starting out. We became friends and I have been present at nearly every important landmark down the years from St Pancras Townhall, Abbey Road Studios, The Royal Albert Hall, The Rainbow, Hyde Park, the Royal Festival Hall and a hundred and fifty gigs thrown in for good measure. I’ve written books with him and travelled the country.
This is the story of that relationship. It throws light on all aspects of Roy’s life and puts it into perspective with my own. Roy’s life is one hell of a story.
This is the story of a friendship that has spanned 50 years. It puts Roy’s incredible life and career alongside that of my own. From those first meeting in 1967 through to today I have described his music and life through my eyes and placed it alongside that of my own.
It’s one hell of a story.
This is the story of a friendship that has spanned fifty years. It tells the tale of two lives that have connected.
It gives perspective to an incredible life, paints pictures of the times and provides personal insight.
Nobody has lived life more than Roy Harper. This book traces the highs and the lows of a colourful existence – the music, loves, tragedies and successes.
This is me looking back over my life and his and examining them in depth.