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Whose baby? Credit where credit is due

Today, the Sunday Times runs a story claiming that the famous Stones lips logo, traditionally suggested by Mick Jagger to design student John Pasche, was actually inspired by a painting commissioned by … Continue Reading →


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Ealing: the Cradle of British Rock

Just heard that ITN London are running a short slot on the Ealing Club at 6.20 tonight; hence it’s a good opportunity for some memories of the club from a … Continue Reading →


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The Master Musicians of Joujouka

To complement my story of the music in Morocco running in the Independent this weekend, here’s a brief collection of images from my trip to Joujouka. Joujouka, or Jajouka, as it’s often … Continue Reading →


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The Jemaa el-Fnaa

To complement my story of the music in Morocco running in the Independent this weekend, here’s a brief collection of images from my trip to Marrakesh. I’ve visited the city just … Continue Reading →


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Keef, Martha Reeves… and Popeye

“I only remember what I want to remember” is a quote by a central character in Sympathy for the Devil; but it might as well refer to everyone. Human memory … Continue Reading →


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38 Priory Street and all that

38, Priory Street is a celebrated address in Cheltenham lore, the site of a basement club run by the doughty Mrs Filby, with her daughters Jane and Ann. This elegant, … Continue Reading →


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The Beautiful and the Damned: Gnawa and the Gettys, Marrakesh

This is a sad, symbolic part of the Brian Jones story which features two other doomed icons of the ’60s jet set, Paul and Talitha Getty, of whom Yves Saint-Laurent … Continue Reading →


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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 →


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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 →


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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 →