I did two interviews with the great Pete Mitchell this morning: on the 40th anniversary of News of the World and The Dead Straight Guide To Queen. There will be a bit more promotional activity over the next few weeks, with the book available on Amazon now and arriving in shops at the end of…Continue reading First book interviews
The book has left the printers and the distributors will be sending it out next week. Meanwhile the print-on-demand version of The Dead Straight Guide To Queen is already available from Amazon. I ordered a copy so I can check it over and it arrived this morning. Red Planet Publishing will be ramping up publicity…Continue reading New Amazon delivery
This morning The Dead Straight Guide To Queen was released on Amazon worldwide. It will be available via most major online book retailers and selected high street book chains in the UK. HMV stores will also be stocking it alongside the other Dead Straight Guides from Red Planet. It’s just over six years since the…Continue reading Dead Straight Guide To Queen on Amazon!
We hit a few delays in the final stages of typesetting the book, due to the number of Red Planet Publications being produced for the Christmas 2017 market. I took advantage of the additional time to revise a few areas I thought I wouldn’t have time to return to. The book’s now finished, editing and…Continue reading Almost there – we’ve got it covered
I took a chance and started work on the book whilst we were still finalising the contract. It’s just as well, as it’s taken several weeks, but I now have a signed contract. If I’d waited I’d never have made the deadline of August 15, 2017. So, I’m now working in earnest on the Dead…Continue reading Contract signed!
I’m at the contract stage with Red Planet Publishing. It looks like the deadline for the book will be this June, with a publication date in October, in time to catch the Christmas 2017 market. I’m not sure how much of the original work I’ll be able to use, but it will at least provide…Continue reading Contract in the offing
Over five years after embarking on a This Day In Music Apps project it appears finally to be on the verge of bearing some fruit. I’ve been asked by Red Planet Publishing if I’m interested in writing the latest in their Dead Straight Guides series of books on major rock artists. I’ve contributed to a…Continue reading This Day In Music Apps (slight return)
Headlander 2015 finished last night with headliners From The Jam providing a suitably crowd-pleasing conclusion. After Hayfest last year the organisers had some late nights and a busy couple of days after the festival, working on the get-out and clean-up, mostly in the torrential rain which had stayed away for the duration of the event.…Continue reading Back to the day job
Headlander 2015 is nearly here. It runs for two days over Saturday 20 and Sunday 21 June. I’m stage managing the Happy Valley stage, with Darktown Jubilee headlining on Saturday and Jeremiah Ferrari on Sunday. I’m looking forward to seeing Chickenbone John, Clive Gregson and Alex McKown again, who all played Hayfest last year.
So, just over a month after telling us they wouldn’t be going ahead with the app they’d confirmed they wanted to be official, they’ve released their own app. You never know how much involvement band members have with this type of decision; I suspect most of the discussions and planning were done without having to…Continue reading Call me a cynic but…