|very early doors
From 1980, an approximately
monthly slot in Sounds (a now defunct but then influential London-based
music weekly) called Cassette Pets and covering the emerging indie tape
scene was the accidental beginning of my writing career. By 1981, my
byline was appearing in Sounds with increasingly frequency as I wrote
major features, live and record reviews, many of which can be found on
By 1984, I was no longer
writing for Sounds but for numerous other publications, the best-known
of which were NME and The Face, and a lot of other stuff for smaller
magazines such as Zigzag, as well as a few pieces for national daily
newspapers. Again, much of this stuff can now be found on the site.
In 1986, I was commissioned
by Rough Guides, then a very small organisation that had published six
travel guides, to co-author Scandinavia: The Rough Guide. This book was
published in 1988. Subsequent Rough Guides that I wrote or co-wrote
were California (1989) and Florida (1991).
I wrote many more travel
guides for larger publishers such as the AA (the British Automobile
Association) and Thomas Cook, and smaller ones such as Duncan Petersen
and New Holland (part of the much larger Struik, based in South
In 2003, my book on San
Francisco for Signal Book's Cities of the Imagination series was
published. This was followed in 2007 by The Thames: a cultural history
for the same company's Landscapes of the Imagination series.
March 2013 saw the Kindle
publication of my essay-length study of James Connolly and Patrick
Pearse and their roles, real and mythologised, before and after
Ireland's 1916 Easter Rising.
September 2013 came another Kindle, a collection mainly of my early
1980s music writing called Adjusting the Stars: Music journalism from
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Detours at various times in
various directions have included the Funboy Five,
for Voice and Machinery II and stock photography.
There is only around 50
percent of my 1980s journalism on the site. More will follow but
because most of work pre-dates word processing (much originated on a
thing called a typewriter), it has to be laboriously scanned and the
results even more laboriously corrected.