“He was a friend of mine”

Today is the anniversary of Brian’s official death-date (Like so many mis-renderings of Brian’s story, it’s actually the wrong date, for we know Brian had drowned before midnight on July 2). … Continue Reading →


Today’s Paperback: July 16

I was delighted to take delivery of an early copy of the UK Paperback of Sympathy For The Devil, which hits the streets a fortnight today, on July 16.   … Continue Reading →

Klein book

The Biggest Bastard in the Valley

Allen Klein by Fred Goodman (HMH $27.00)   Allen Klein, one of the most controversial managers of all time, has not been treated kindly by posterity. John Lennon slagged off … Continue Reading →

Luna, San Sebastian and Brian

We were always playing Luna and Galaxie 500 in the MOJO office, perhaps thanks to Jenny Bulley. Anyway, it made my day to get the news that Sympathy For The … Continue Reading →


No wrong answer: but we got the right one

Ultimate Classic Rock ran a survey last week, to establish the most important guitarist of the Stones troika: Brian Jones, Mick Taylor and Ron Wood. Personally, I like Mick Taylor’s … Continue Reading →


Birthday images: Syd Tonge’s, a Hofner Committee and Django Reinhardt

On Brian’s birthday, a little vignette of him at the age of 18, in the summer of 1960, courtesy of Rod, aka Ricky Welch. Rod worked at Syd Tonge’s – the … Continue Reading →


Revisionism and dysfunction

A couple of quick press updates. Firstly, thanks to the New York Times for the review of the Brian book, which proclaims it “revisionism of the best kind.” Secondly Thanks … Continue Reading →


One more under the bus: Ian Stewart

The Stones story boasts plenty of aggression and nastiness. But there’s humour and decency, too, and most of it is based around Ian Stewart, the co-founder of the Rollin’ Stones. … Continue Reading →


On air: author interviews

I’ve been enjoying a recent run of radio interviews, in both the UK and the US. One of the most extensive was for Jefferson Public Radio, a PBS station in … Continue Reading →


The saddest Brian Jones video of all

Many people think Sympathy For The Devil is a sad book, and I can understand why. Yet the feeling I came away with, after spending a couple of years constantly … Continue Reading →