I have written four books, two of them catalogues to exhibitions, one a compendium of a fanzine I edited many years ago, and another an obsessive account of a particular year in music.
Neumusik - The Complete Edition
2023 - published by Korm Plastics, NL
Book containing all six issues of the Neumusik fanzine which I edited between 1979-82 while at university. The 'zine focussed on European, electronic and experimental music which had come out of krautrock, French progressive rock and the more esoteric side of British post-punk. I travelled extensively meeting musicians in Germany and France, and for a year was based in Strasbourg. Interviews and articles range from Conrad Schnitzler and Richard Pinhas to Florian Fricke and Chris Carter. Most issues were 60-80 pages long so, together with new text and photos, this compendium weighs in at a chunky 425 pages. It also touches on the parallel YHR label.
Available €18.50 from www.kormplastics.nl/neumusik.html
See also Neumusik page
The Art of Chichester
2022 - published by York House Books / The Novium Museum
Catalogue to the exhibition of the same name at The Novium Museum, Chichester. The Art of Chichester: 60 Years of Creativity explores the arts, culture and heritage of Chichester and district from 1962, when Chichester Festival Theatre opened, to the present day, embracing professional and amateur work across all art forms. It tells the story of how a small town on the south coast has transformed itself into a place where culture now contends with nature in attracting people to live, work and play – of how the arts have put Chichester on the map.
Available £10 from The Novium Museum shop
See also The Art of Chichester page
1984: British Pop's Dividing Year
2020 - published by York House Books
A comprehensive account of a crucial twelve months in UK popular music. The passing of the baton from post-punk to indie; the shift from analog to digital; the last British invasion of the US charts; and with Band Aid, the beginning of pop’s obsession with global causes. It was also British music’s most political year as artists responded to the Cold War, Apartheid, the miners' strike and Thatcherism, with George Orwell’s novel providing a suitably paranoid backdrop. It was fun too: the madcap year of Frankie Goes To Hollywood and ZTT, the tabloid dramas of Wham!, Duran Duran and Culture Club; the first single by Pet Shop Boys, and debut albums by The Smiths and Sade. It was also a highpoint for indie labels like 4AD and Mute.
Available £20 Amazon, or £10 direct from me here.
See also 1984 book overview
1984 book reviews
1984 book chapters
Rockarchive: 50 Years of British Rock Photography