Book Recommendations – Education – Christopher Goodwin

I worked as a teacher for thirty six years and was the Headteacher of a highly successful Comprehensive Secondary School in the UK.

I had a very clear philosophy which was the driving force behind that success. This book is part memoir, part anecdote and tells the real behind the scenes story. You don’t need to be a teacher to appreciate it.

If you are interested in education or just want a behind the scenes look then why not give it a read?

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Recommendations – Antitheism and religion – Opher Goodwin

I am not only an atheist but also an antitheist. I believe that religion does more harm than good.

While I am tolerant of all religions (as long as religious people do not indoctrinate children or try to force their views on others) I would prefer to see all religion die away and be replaced with a better set of beliefs.

This is a sacrilegious, humorous attempt at sending up religion. If you fancy a laugh why not give it a read?

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Book Recommendations – a novel – Bodies in a Window – Opher Goodwin

This is one of my more literary novels full of sex, pathos and reality.

It is an interesting read – not for the faint hearted. All events and characters are based on real people I have known. You may find it quite shocking.

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Book Recommendations – Rock Music

I have written a number of books on Rock Music. I used to run a History of Rock Music course.

I started getting into Rock Music when I was eleven years old – way back in 1960 – and lived through the best years. I’ve seen nearly all the best bands and been there right at the front – and I still am!

If you want to read a crackin’ memoir of all those experiences then why not give this a shot?

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Book Recommendations – Poetry – Opher Goodwin

I have written a large number of poetry books. They contain my views on the environment, love, beauty, nature, politics and anything that captures my imagination.

Weaponising of Words is one of my more recent anthologies. If you would like to have a copy to flick through; to laugh and cry, to feel the emotions and passions then why not give it a try?

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Book Recommenations – The Environment – Opher Goodwin

This is my book on the environment. It tells the story of my travels, observations and concerns about what we are doing to our poor planet and the creatures that live on it.

If you are a friend to nature and care about the environment, and want a read about what is really happening then why not give it a read?

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Book Recommendation – A novel/memoir – Danny’s Story – Opher Goodwin

I lived in a bedsit in London for a few years. It was full of the most amazing characters and I always thought there was a novel in it. After thirty years I finally worked out how to write it.

It was a long time coming but I think I caught it. It’s called Danny’s Story.

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Book Recommendation – Sci-fi – Ron Forsythe

A number of people have asked me which of my books I would recommend to start with.

I have written a number of Sci-fi novels. The best ones I am releasing under the alias of Ron Forsythe. This is my Sci-fi persona.

They are a good read with thought provoking stories.

If you like my writing why not give it a go?

So, of these, I would start with God’s Bolt – though the sequel Reawakening is probably my best Sci-fi book. They are all available on Amazon.

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Sixties obscure Beat Groups that I loved – the Others, Paramounts, Undertakers, Measles, Birds, Bo Street Runners.

Sixties obscure Beat Groups that I loved – the Others, Paramounts, Undertakers, Measles, Birds, Bo Street Runners.

Back in 1964 music was the currency. It was what we all talked about. There were no independent radio stations and only two TV stations so we all watched and listened to the same things. Radio Luxembourg was the only source of anything different and that phased in and out.

I used to listen to a lot of bands that did not quite make it into the charts. There were some crackin’ bands and superb tracks. They were hard to track down back then.

These were some of my favourites.

Birds – Leaving Here

The first bands that I saw live – Ron Wood (of the Faces and Stones) on guitar. They blew me away. This single captured a little bit of that excitement.

The Others – Oh Yeah

The Others released this great Bo Diddley cover that I thought was great.

Paramounts – Poison Ivy

The Paramounts did this great version of the Coaster classic Poison Ivy. It was a minor hit. They went on to become Procol Harum.

Measles – Casting my spell

I thought this should have been massive. Radio London plugged it like mad and I loved it. The track Casting My Spell was later recorded by the Pirates.

Undertakers – Just a little bit

They did an amazing version of the Rosco Gordon number Just a Little bit and would tour around in a hearse and wear Top Hats and tails.

Screaming Lord Sutch – I’m a hog for you baby

Screaming Lord Sutch was amazing. He had the longest hair of anyone! I remember him doing this on TV with a Top Hat on and lifting it up to let all his hair fall down. The band had loads of great people in it –

Bo Street Runners – I’m a Bo Street Runner

I saw them on Ready Steady Go and thought they were wild – a raw version of the Stones. Loved the harp. They were great featuring Mick Fleetwood and Mike Patto

If you fancy reading some of my books on Rock Music try these:

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Blues-Muse-Opher-Goodwin/dp/1518621147/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1470564382&sr=1-1&keywords=opher+goodwin