This Saturday, Iâ€™ll be flying to the UK for two weeks. In one way or another, Iâ€™m dealing with four books while over there, which makes me think that, in my late forties, Iâ€™ve finally figured out what Iâ€™m doing with my life. While in London, Iâ€™m recording an interview for one of my favorite radio shows, Jaffoâ€™s Blues and Grooves on Salford City Radio (which you can podcast like I do) where weâ€™ll play songs relevant to my familyâ€™s recent cross-America road trip and my book All Hopped Up and Ready To Go. I have meetings to go over my memoir, Boy About Town, which will be published by William Heinemann next summer. Iâ€™m meant to be handing in my final update for my R.E.M. biography, which has been an ongoing project ever since it was first published in 1989; under a new title, Perfect Circle, the book will be published one last time, coming right up to date with the groupâ€™s split, next spring in the UK by Omnibus Press. (Iâ€™ve spent the last couple of months reliving the last ten years of R.E.M. and even the repeated listens to Around The Sun have failed to dampen my overall love and respect for the band.)
And Iâ€™ll be doing some events and interviews in support of A Light That Never Goes Out: The Enduring Saga of The Smiths,Â which came out in the UK on September 6 and is published in the States on December 4. The main events are as follows.
WEDNESDAY NOVEMBER 21ST, at the BRITISH MUSIC EXPERIENCE, GREENWICH, LONDON. 7:30pm:
A Light That Never Goes Out: The Legacy of the Smiths
Join biographer Tony Fletcher, record producer Stephen Street, and touring sound engineer Grant Showbiz for a panel discussion hosted by broadcaster Steve Lamacq, about the performances, the personalities, and the politics of The Smiths. Why were they the most important band of the 1980s? And why does their music mean as much to us now as it did back then?
For ticket information, please visit www.britishmusicexperience.com
MONDAY NOVEMBER 26TH, at WATERSTONES, DEANSGATE, MANCHESTER. 7pm.
Tony Fletcher and Tom Hingley will be discussing Manchester and music, and reading from their new books, A Light That Never Goes Out: The Enduring Saga of the Smiths and Carpet Burns: My Life With Inspiral Carpets.
For ticket information, please contact 0161 837 3000 or via twitter @waterstonesMCR
Iâ€™m also doing some interviews with some web sites and local radio about the Smiths book and other things. Plus, on Thursday, November 22, while my family back home in the Catskills celebrates Thanksgiving, Iâ€™ll be live on the BBC6Music Roundtable, dissecting the new releases alongside DJ Steve Lamacq and comedian Mark Steel.
Thereâ€™s also the small matter of three Crystal Palace matches and much-needed time with friends and family. Just about the one thing missing are road races – and just as well, I suspect. I intend to post frequently while Iâ€™m away. Hell, we may even redesign iJamming! while weâ€™re at it. Have fun, yâ€™all.