This site acts as an interface with the book and presents interviews which were conducted in the last two to three years. It also includes various gig reviews which were compiled locally for the now sadly defunct LAMP venue and will periodically be updated with fresh material when it is relevant. This came about as a result of one or two friends suggesting that a blog may be of interest to alternative music lovers everywhere and also provide a gateway into the book.
The idea behind the book came from a conversation with a friend who told me that seeing as I have a wide appreciation of punk/new wave/indie music that I should consider writing a book. After some wrestling with the concept I started writing around September 2012. Since then the text has grown well and now is being knocked into shape. The book focuses on music that has inspired and motivated me right back to my early teenage years. It reads in some ways like a talkative hitch hiker on a long journey and covers much ground as I weave between different genres and how they inter-relate to each other. So, a band such as That Petrol Emotion were very influenced by the punk ethic and Captain Beefheart as has been Attila the Stockbroker by the poet Hilaire Belloc and the Clash! Jake Burns from Stiff Little Fingers gave me a lively interview at a gig in Nuneaton and was very kind providing a rounded view on the punk/new wave scene and its impact on the present day. The book also features a remote questions and answers session with the prolific Dutch sound poet Jaap Blonk who I met at LAMP gig in 2013. Sound poetry is a distinct poetic form with musical overtones and Jaap can be seen as a performer in the long line of sound poets dating back to the Dada artists of the early twentieth century. The relationship between music and poetry is a strong one and I am hoping to reflect this in the writing.
There is a chapter which focuses on the Rave/Free party scene with an extensive interview with DJ and fanatic Mark “Billy” Warnes. Billy and I spoke for nearly an hour and covered a lot of ground surrounding how rave developed, what it meant to the people involved and so on. Rave and the festival scene went hand in hand in many respects with the “Madchester” scene, the Stone Roses, Happy Mondays, Inspiral Carpets growing alongside Rave, almost feeding off each other,inspiring a whole generation of young people into the bargain. But, sadly as people partied so the state became killjoys similar to what happened with punk in the late 70s. Still, you can`t legislate against feeling, my feeling being that though rave may have become part of the mainstream the views of millions of people at that time have had a lasting influence on contemporary culture.
Within the interview section there are gems with bands of the here and now such as Dutch Space Siren, Arnold de Boer aka Zea, lead vocalist from the EX and Leamington based Jabba Cartel. I really enjoyed meeting these people and I hope you can gain as much pleasure as I did interviewing them. I have struggled to push on with the writing in the last year or so and have had a block; to counteract this my long time friend Richard Proffitt is now collaborating with me with his considerable expertise, to set up the blog, edit the sound files for the interviews and also chip in with his own composition.