Crackle and pop: The Beatles – Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band

In 1967 this was the first album I purchased after saving up my pocket money for weeks. It was from David Evans department store in Cwmbran New Town centre. It’s in mono as I only had a very basic old record player at the time that wasn’t stereo compatible. Even today the stereo mix doesn’t … More Crackle and pop: The Beatles – Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band

In Plain Sight – The life and lies of Jimmy Saville by Dan Davies

Saville, we learn from this book,  stumbled on “The power of oddness”. This power gave him access to jobs, money, government, royalty, but most chillingly to hundreds of children in vulnerable positions. Davies charts Saville through interweaving  two consecutive time frames, a chronological biography and the fallout from the failed Newsnight investigation. It’s an excellently … More In Plain Sight – The life and lies of Jimmy Saville by Dan Davies

Different Every Time – The Authorised Biography of Robert Wyatt by Marcus O’Dair

  I had been a fan of the Soft Machine and Robert Wyatt since the early days in the 1960s. The Soft Machine always being at their best I thought with Robert – usually bare chested – behind the drum kit. He gave a humorous dadaist twist to what could have been extended jazz noodlings. … More Different Every Time – The Authorised Biography of Robert Wyatt by Marcus O’Dair