Boy About Town Chapter By Song #50

COULD IT BE FOREVER I HAVE RECEIVED A FAIR AMOUNT OF GOOD-NATURED STICK  for opening Boy About Town with the admission that my first proper 7” single purchase was for David...
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Win A Signed Copy of Boy About Town

  For those who’d like to read more about the stories behind some of the ancient (i.e. 1970s-1980) photos I’ve been posting recently, Boy About Town will be available in...
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A punk, a soulboy and a mod walk into a pub…

A punk, a soulboy and a mod walk into a pub… and wonder why nobody dances. The Apocalypse at the Trafalgar in Shepherd’s Bush Shopping Centre, Jan 10th, 1980. As...
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Name your fave rock bio – and why: competition winners

So, to the winner of my competition, where I asked you to name your fave rock bio and state why, in less than 50 words, and win a signed copy...
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Now in paperback: A Light That Never Goes Out: The Enduring Saga of The Smiths

The UK paperback edition of A Light That Never Goes Out: The Enduring Saga of The Smiths is published today, September 5th, by Windmill Books/Random House, precisely twelve months after...
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The Race to the Top of Vermont 2013

All runners have their strengths and weaknesses. Of the latter, I can list plenty; of the former, I know that I am a solid uphill runner. As such, I take...
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Fracking Britain

One of the depressingly reassuring aspects of visiting the UK from the USA this past month was the similarity in political landscapes. Admittedly, the UK is not engaged in a...
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The Smiths and R.E.M.: Compare and Contrast

Back in April, I gave a talk at a local library on R.E.M. and The Smiths, comparing and contrasting what I firmly consider the two most important and influential bands...
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