The sixties raged. I was young, crazy, full of hormones and wanting to snatch life by the balls. There was a life out there for the grabbing and it had to be wrestled into submission. There was a society full of boring amoral crap and a life to be had in the face of the boring, comforting vision of slow death on offer. Rock music vented all that passion. This book is a memoir of a life spent immersed in Rock Music. I was born in 1949 and so lived through the whole gamut of Rock. Rock music formed the background to momentous world events – the Civil Rights Movement, Vietnam War, Iraq war, Watergate, the miners’ strike and Thatcher years, CND, the Green Movement, Mao and the Cultural Revolution, Women’s Liberation and the Cold War. I see this as the Rock Era. I was immersed in Rock music. It was fused into my personality. It informed me, transformed me and inspired me. My heroes were musicians. I am who I am because of them. Without Rock Music I would not have the same sensibilities, optimism or ideals. They woke me up! This tells that story.
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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.
‘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.’
I’ve been a little quiet over these last few months. Following the success of the Roy Harper: Every Album, Every Song (On Track) Paperback I received a contract to write a book on Captain Beefheart.
I completed the rewrite of the Roy Harper memoir, that I was rewriting, and put it to one side. I find that allowing some time to pass helps with objectivity.
I have spent the past two months working on the Beefheart book. Today I completed the first draft. It is due out next July so I’m ahead of schedule.
As is my way, I am putting that to one side and turning my attention back to the Roy memoir book. I hope to complete a read-through/edit before winter solstice!
I’ll keep you informed.
In the meantime, thank you so much for all your brilliant reviews and ratings on Amazon and Burning Shed. Keep ’em coming, I read them all and they give me energy. It is so good to know that you are finding the Roy book so interesting, and, if I can judge from the reviews, the Nick Harper book, the Wilderness Years, (as well as my memoir on a life spent in Rock Music – ‘In Search Of Captain Beefheart’).
I have bought in new batches of books – all three of those titles. If you would like to purchase a signed copy get in touch.
I too have three copies left out of my three batches if anyone wants a signed copy.
Thank you all so much for your support and the fabulous reviews. They really cheer me up.
What is more important is that so many of you feel that I’ve done justice to Roy’s incredible body of work. It is time we had a celebration of the songs of Britain’s best singer-songwriter. He deserves much greater recognition.
I wrote this three years ago. The legacy of May’s disastrous ploy of going in with the ERG is that we’re left with Johnson and this bunch of rabid extremists busily robbing up, wrecking the country and putting their extreme policies into practice.
Grip and Grin
Grip and grin,
May does cling
As power drains away.
Fighting for her skin –
Should have done it another way.
It’s too late!
She sealed her fate
By joining the wrong crew.
It’s time to go!
We all told her so
As the feelings grew and grew.
You’ve made the dough
For the boys you know –
Not for the many but the few.
You’ve not been great
We’re in a state
Your policies turned the screw.
So Theresa May
You’ve had your day
You’ve done more than enough harm.
Your race is through
Good riddance to your charm.
As the Tory Party allow the country to fall into decay with every single service in crisis and the economy shot, they use Brexit as the smokescreen.
It’s ideological mayhem.
I’m just glad that the end is in sight and we have a chance to get rid of both the obstinate loathsome May and her bunch of extremist dullards.