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The cat’s nose and the mystery of why we love music

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Way back in ’81, my flatmate Rachel made an interesting remark An art student and painter of nudes, she had no real interest in music. But, one day, she admitted overhearing the rest of us describe how much we liked a particular song. “When I heard what you said, the only thing I could compare […]

The rogue bass amp and the secret stash: remembering my first gig.


You never forget your first gig. That was certainly true for me. The year was 1977, the venue was St Joseph’s church hall, just outside Bradford town centre, which was also where the band rehearsed. (At that time, local churches were an unlikely benefactor of the UK’s grassroots rock scene.) Named ‘The Dark Town Strutters’ […]

A strange but true story about songwriting

King Crimson Line-up

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King Crimson line-up with David Cross second from left. Sometimes, you look back on life and realise that a certain moment was pivotal This one involved an email requesting help with writing a song – in collaboration with a musical legend. Having not written any music in over a decade, let’s say confidence wasn’t high. […]

Bradfordian Rhapsody

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My last gig was over two decades ago – third on the bill at a small outer London venue. Just me and a cheap Spanish guitar. The band was gone. The record deal was gone. And all the great musicians I’d played with down the years – all gone. But someone else was gone too. […]