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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 →


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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 →


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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 →


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Brian Jones, style icon

We’ve had lots of words here about music, sound, feuding and fighting. Now for something important: fashion! Brian was the archetypal ’60s dandy, people like Michael Rainey, Jeff Dexter and Michael … 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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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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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 →