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APRIL 2020

Mojo and Planet Rock lockdown issues out now
Two of the mags I write for, MOJO and Planet Rock, have their lockdown issues out now. Lovingly crafted on kitchen tables and in living rooms - and they're both great. Better still, you don't have to leave home to buy them.

Go here:

Mojo
Planet Rock

FEBruary 2020

Neil Peart in Mojo magazine 
Rush were the first band I ever saw live (in June 1980, I just checked on the internet). So I wrote some words about their late drummer and lyricist Neil Peart in the current Mojo. 

It's here.
1980 remembered in Planet Rock magazine
I wrote about turning 15 in 1980 and hearing Black Sabbath’s Heaven And Hell and AC/DC’s Back In Black for the first time in the new Planet Rock. Now, if only I still had a full coverage of hair and could fit into my old denim jacket… 

It's here.

January 2020

Genesis in Mojo magazine
I interviewed random members of Genesis, past and present, about their mind-boggling concept album, The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway.

It's here.
Motörhead in Planet Rock Magazine
I wrote about the mighty Motorhead and Ace Of Spades in the new Planet Rock magazine. “That’s the way I like it, baby…” etc.

Order it here.
Peter Grant In German
Achtung! My biography of Peter Grant has just been translated into German.

Order it here.

DECember 2019

Ballad of Jethro Tull
A year ago I was approached by Rocket 88, a company who publish glossy, high-end coffee-table books, and asked if I would interview Jethro Tull’s Ian Anderson for a book they were doing with him. Over the next few months, I spent a lot of time talking to Ian, who is the most punctual, organised rock star I have ever met, and reminds me of the deputy headmaster at my old secondary school. Mr. Anderson was probably sick of me by the end of it. But we did his book together and enjoyed a very convivial curry in an Indian restaurant near Hyde Park. So here it is: Ian Anderson and his band, all in their own words, with lots of fantastic photographs. 

Available here.

November 2019

Peter Grant Book In Paperback
My Peter Grant biography, Bring It On Home, is out in paperback in the UK now. It’s the perfect Christmas gift for anyone who wants to read a book about Led Zeppelin, but with walk-on parts from Elizabeth Taylor, Sid James, Elvis, the Pope and Kenny Lynch…

In bookshops or online here.
Queen in Planet Rock Magazine
I’ve written about Queen in the latest Planet Rock magazine: mainly how Brian May lived in a bedsit with a shared toilet and survived on fish fingers until Bohemian Rhapsody became a hit. There are two covers to choose from. In the shops or online here.

September 2019

Slade In Planet Rock Magazine
Only 12 weeks to go until Christmas and I spoke to all four of the mighty Slade for the current issue of Planet Rock magazine. 

In the shops now or online here.
Roger Daltrey In New MOJO Magazine
New MOJO magazine in the shops. Contains my interview with The Who’s Roger Daltrey. You better, you bet… 

In the shops now or online here.

August 2019

Mojo Magazine
I interrogated Jethro Tull’s Ian Anderson for the new issue of Mojo magazine. He did not stand on one leg or play his flute. The flute was at the flute repair shop and he remained on two legs throughout.

In the shops now or order it here.
Led Zeppelin Special Edition
I edited Part 1 of Mojo magazine’s two-part Led Zeppelin special edition, for which I also wrote a big story about Peter Grant. There are some anecdotes in the story that aren’t in the book – including one involving Peter, Ronnie Wood, a dog biscuit and a large Alsatian.

It’s in the shops now or order it here.
Rocks Magazine
Calling all German readers! I have words about Queen in the new issue of German music mag, Rocks.  
Queen Book Published In China
Calling all Chinese readers! My Queen book has just been published in China.

July 2019

Mojo Magazine Podcast
I’m talking about The Who’s Pete Townshend in the latest Mojo magazine podcast.

Listen now.
Mojo Rolling Stones Special Edition
I have words in Mojo magazine’s two-part Rolling Stones special edition.

Order it here.
Top 100 Albums Of The 1970s
The Top 100 Albums Of The 1970s, as voted by the listeners/readers of Planet Rock, are revealed here.