A rebel is made: Brian Jones and the Protherough Affair

  Readers of Sympathy for the Devil might well remember the incident that marks the dawn of Brian Jones’s rebel status: namely, the “Protherough Affair.” This was a dispute between … Continue Reading →


This be the verse, part 2

  I will post another Q&A later today – the official publishing date of the UK paperback – but, looking through photos, I found this tiny, illuminating snippet. Again, it … Continue Reading →


They f*ck you up, your mum and dad

In writing a book, there’s often a point at which an interviewee becomes a confidante – someone you can share ideas with, debate viewpoints. John Keen, who played trumpet in … 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 →

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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 →


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 →