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“Why change it all for some freaky music?”

In the run-up to the publication of Sympathy For The Devil I’ll be running a quote of the day, to give a flavour of the book, plus a bunch of … Continue Reading →

Rolling Stone story

The Blues and Genius of Brian Jones

David Fricke, always one of Rolling Stone magazine’s finest, most incisive writers, recently trailed Sympathy For The Devil as “the first serious, thoroughly reported biography of the ill-fated Stone”. Thanks, David! … Continue Reading →


Pretentious and provincial… or jet-powered, full of spooks and hip as hell?

  Above, serene Caryatids on Montpelier Walk seem to reinforce Cheltenham’s “genteel image”. But what was going on behind the scenes? It was in a story that I commissioned for … Continue Reading →


Dennis Hopper, hip Hollywood and “the reach-out Stone”

There’s an excellent new exhibition of Dennis Hopper’s photos opened recently at London’s Royal Academy . It  provides one more source for the consensus, observed by many, that Brian Jones … Continue Reading →


The pipes of Pan, and the power of places

     Over the last few days there have been a few stories that fixate on Brian Jones’s death. It’s a fascinating compulsion but one that, I reckon, diminishes his … Continue Reading →


Farewell to Jan

  The day we loaded up WordPress on this site was a sad one – a sadness I should be getting used to. On Thursday, 24 July, the friends and … Continue Reading →


“He crossed a bridge, we thought never could be crossed.”

I’m proud to confirm that Sympathy For The Devil, a biography of Brian Jones, will be published in the UK on 28 August, 2014, timed for the 50th anniversary of … Continue Reading →