September 22: British Music Experience, Liverpool
September 25: Appledore literary festival, Devon
September 27: Rough Trade West, Notting Hill Gate
October 6: A Drink With The Idler, online
October 16: Cheltenham Festival
October 25: Foyles Charing Cross Road, with Mike Batt for a Wombles special
My little book for Rough Trade: a celebration of the flat roofed former Irish boozer in Brixton, with a scary looking dog on its roof, that has for the last two decades been the unlikely epicentre of underground music in Britain. The Fat White Family, Black Midi, Goat Girl, Damo Suzuki, Josh T Pearson (who threatened to kill me, but I still love him) all feature. Illustrations by my son Otto. Limited to 1,000 copies which are running out quickly, please buy a copy from: www.roughtradebooks.com.
How Do You Write About Music? On Monday April 3, at Spiritland in Kings Cross, I’ll be discussing this pressing subject with my fellow rock hacks Laura Barton and Barney Hoskyns, alongside Tot Taylor, author of The Story Of John Nightly, the tale of a Syd Barrett type who winds up in Cornwall growing exotic plants, and Martine McDonagh, author of Narcissism For Beginners. It starts at 6.30pm and will be almost as fun as the first (and last) Annual Rock Writer’s Convention of 1973.
I have taken up the sitar and one day hope to be able to play like this. Raag Bhopali, by one of the greatest — and most humble — masters of 20th century sitar. It is an early evening raga. Listen to it on headphones with your eyes closed. You may find yourself losing all sense of space and time as it takes you off on an inner journey.