Saturation 70: the greatest ’60s film that never was.

Today’s Q&A is a little off-piste; rather than directly about Sympathy For The Devil, it trails a fascinating event this weekend, featuring three of the book’s key interviewees: Donovan, Linda … Continue Reading →


Brian, Brion and Bill: a mysterious glimpse of William Burroughs

I attended and enjoyed the opening of William Burroughs’ art last night (some photos, including Gysin’s Dream Machine, are posted below) -which made this a good time to post a snippet … Continue Reading →

Pretty Things

Open G tunings and open secrets

History, they say, is written by the victors. And often victors write their history in outrageous contradiction of facts that are there, on the record, glaring and obvious. This is … Continue Reading →

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A vision of Pan

My biography of Brian Jones, titled Sympathy For The Devil, is published tomorrow in the UK. Hence now is a good time to introduce one of the themes of the … Continue Reading →

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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 →