Exciting developments: Current writing situation

I have just received another contract from Sonicbond Press! I have started writing a book on another of my musical heroes – the great Phil Ochs!

This will be my sixth book with the publisher. They must like what I do!

So, there are currently three books available:

1. Roy Harper: Every Album, Every Song (On Track)

Roy Harper: Every Album, Every Song (On Track): Amazon.co.uk: Opher Goodwin: 9781789521306: Books

2. Captain Beefheart On Track: Every Album, Every Song

Captain Beefheart On Track: Every Album, Every Song : Opher Goodwin: Amazon.co.uk: Books

3. Bob Dylan 1962 to 1970 On Track (Decades)

Bob Dylan 1962 to 1970 On Track (Decades) : Opher Goodwin: Amazon.co.uk: Books

4. Neil Young 1963 to 1970: Every Album, Every Song

Not out until November but can be ordered in advance.

Neil Young 1963 to 1970: Every Album, Every Song: Amazon.co.uk: Opher Goodwin: 9781789522983: Books

I have just sent off my book for the new series that Sonicbond are doing on albums. I had the honour of writing the first one for the series. Bob Dylan’s ‘Bringing It All Back Home’ seemed a very fitting one to me. That is due out in January!

For those who can’t abide Amazon all the books are available on the publisher’s site Burning Shed! Roy Harper On Track (burningshed.com)

And now I am back to doing one on Phil Ochs. It’s a privilege!!

For those interested in other books of mine:

Nick Harper: The Wilderness Years

Nick Harper: The Wilderness Years: Amazon.co.uk: Goodwin, Opher: 9798815185630: Books

In Search of Captain Beefheart (a memoir)

In Search of Captain Beefheart: Amazon.co.uk: Goodwin, Opher: 9781502820457: Books

Both of which have great reviews!!

Or, on the other hand you might like something completely different – like a taste of Sci-Fi. I write under the name of Ron Forsythe:

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The Start of Nick Harper – The Wilderness Years

‘Writing about music is like dancing about architecture’ – Frank Zappa

                     Photo – Paula Cuccurullo

‘Thank you all for turning out tonight and supporting live music, giving the babysitter some money and the PlayStation a rest………………….. I’m stalling until I find out what I’m actually doing’Nick Harper


I’ve known Nick Harper for most of his life. I was a young student living the bohemian life of the sixties underground and he was the young son of Roy Harper. I’d just been knocked for six by Roy’s take on music, society and the universe at large and he invited me round to glimpse his life. Nick was part of it.

Since then I’ve been a teacher, writer, parent, partner, traveller and avid devotee of rock music.

I love guitar playing. When it comes to guitar playing I have seen all the greats up close playing in small halls – from Jimi Hendrix to Bert Jansch, Jimmy Page to Peter Green, Davy Graham to Eric Clapton; but there is one who stands out for me. His sheer brilliance is beyond anything else I have seen. What Nick Harper can do with a guitar is magical.

To quote Rob Adams from the Glasgow Herald – ‘If you haven’t heard Nick Harper you are missing out on one of the musical phenomenons of our age.’

The strange thing is that the bending of the strings, the tuning and retuning of strings within songs, the creation of new upside down chords and even the surround sound delay is never a gimmick. It isn’t showing off. It actually works to create great music and the tricks are integral parts of the songs that always add to the composition. He is recreating the sounds in his head. Nick expands upon the possibility and generates extensions of improbability.

I have only ever seen one person capable of such a thing and he was Jimi Hendrix. Nick’s limitation, as with Jimi, is merely the extent of his imagination. It goes without saying that Nick’s imagination is of the scope of galaxies. It is phenomenal.

I have been fortunate to observe Nick’s talents develop over decades and I never get tired of the crispness and range that his fingers tease or pound. He can make the guitar thunder or trill with delicate melodies. Nick produces music you can get lost in.

Nick Harper at The Wrecking Ball Hull Saturday 26th of November! Be there or become a quadrilateral!

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Nick Harper at Wrecking Ball Arts Centre

About The Event

 15 Whitefriargate Hull, HU1 2ER United Kingdom

 November 26, 2022

 7:30 pm – 7:30 pm

2022 sees Nick Harper jettison his normally aspirated time machine which clocks in at just 60 minutes per hour, for a model that can appear anywhere at any time in the many portals of Harperspace.

In a new, uniquely styled, acoustically driven album (title to be announced, Nick explores the past, present and future in his own singular way. The new project follows up recent successful sojourns back in time to explore swinging 60s London (58 Fordwych Rd); 19th century Fantasy literature meets 1980s West Country romance (Phantastes) and an epic poem lost in time (A Wiltshire Tale).

Will this be the one album to unite them all? Only time will tell…

‘Harper has so much musicianship in him it just leaks out all over the place.’ — The Times
‘He deserves to become a major figure in his own right’— The Guardian
‘Dylan for the iPod generation…Betjemen with a guitar.’ — Guitarist
‘My musical discovery of 2016!’ — Tom Robinson, BBC 6 Music
‘One of the finest guitarists of his generation’ — Mojo
‘Acoustic Hendrix!’ — Guitar Magazine
‘Hey, the boy is good!’ — Robert Plant
‘That boy is too good.’ — Bert Jansch

Image of Nick Harper (c) Ania Shrimpton


Gig ticket – Nick Harper

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 15 Whitefriargate Hull, HU1 2ER United Kingdom

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Date: November 26

Time: 7:30 pm

Cost: £0.01 – £15.00

Event Category: Live Music

Nick Harper – The book – The Wilderness Years – start of the epilogue.

Nick Harper – The book – The Wilderness Years – start of the epilogue.

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I have been working on the 7th draft of this book for days now and still finding things to tweak. I’ve been adding photos, writing captions, standardising presentation, checking spelling, grammar, writing blurb, adding discographies and selected works, adding author notes and generally pulling it into its final form.

I thought I would share the final first section of the epilogue with you. I’d be grateful for your responses before I go down on Wednesday to Wiltshire to put the final bits in place and send it off to be graphically designed for publication.


Fuck, I am passionate about this book and Nick’s music. Having the privilege to listen to Nick’s entire incredible back catalogue, to sit down with Nick for days and interrogate him about his music, to hang out and talk, have the time to play boules and get thrashed at my own table football, to share meals and laughter and discuss everything under the sun, to immerse myself in his music, to touch minds. That is invigorating.

In this day of collective hypnosis where the mass music scene is under the spell of Simon Cowell, where tribute bands pull in more punters than creative artists, where music is a ‘product’ to be mass produced, and the lowest common denominator rules the studios, it is vital to have artists like Nick. I’m clinging on like he’s a life-line. His music is real. It gives me hope.

I find it hard to believe that we live in an age like this. How did we get here? Nick was only partly right: it’s like punk, the sixties, blues and reggae never happened. Once music used to mean something! It was the centre of our culture. It was a living, mind-expanding rebellion. Now it is a piece of Muzac to be shunted from iPod to iPod and played as background. Now the mindless zombies are screaming en masse, with their American whoops, for bland pop crap. Now festivals are things to be consumed like circus jamborees.

What happened to the gathering of the tribes? The endless hours of wonder, lowering the stylus into the groove and sharing the experience, the intense discussion? What happened to the vital importance of it all? When did it cease to be a motivator of young minds and become a product to be consumed?

Real music – it’s still there. It has been pushed to the periphery but it still exists. There are the numerous acts that still create and produce music with integrity, passion and purpose. But for me Nick is leading the way.

If you want a great book on Roy Harper, Nick Harper or a memoir of a life spent in Rock Music then have a look at an Opher Goodwin book.

I’ve a number of books on Rock Music to chose from. Why not have a browse?


Nick Harper: The Wilderness Years Paperback 

The Nick Harper book –

Nick Harper: The Wilderness Years Paperback 

Is available in paperback or digital from your local Amazon.

I first met Nick when he was a young child and over the years he has become a close friend. This book illuminates the genius that I feel is Nick Harper and is designed to accompany ‘The Wilderness Years’, a trilogy of vinyl albums. Nick talks candidly about many aspects of his music and career. I include, with Nick’s permission, the lyrics of all the songs featured in the trilogy. There are also many photos dating from his childhood to the present day.

One review:

‘Humorous anecdotes and autobiographical exposition, paralleled with notes on the complex work of Harper bring the reader on a journey of wonderful insight into this quiet troubadour. Lovely entertaining read.’

In the UK:https://read.amazon.co.uk/kp/card?preview=inline&linkCode=kpd&ref_=k4w_oembed_eqcn5JovUleTCI&asin=1678850667&tag=kpembed-20

In The USA:https://read.amazon.com/kp/card?preview=inline&linkCode=kpd&ref_=k4w_oembed_ASw0bdV3BbfiUr&asin=1678850667&tag=kpembed-20

In India:https://read.amazon.in/kp/card?preview=inline&linkCode=kpd&ref_=k4w_oembed_3WQJ1nbsNrj1k5&asin=1678850667&tag=kpembed-20

If you would like me to sign a copy you can purchase a book directly from me – please PM me. (Or leave a message in the comments).