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Derek Smalls, Molly Ringwald & the Onions & more…

First off, I met a very nice man in the shower at my local lido. It is not uncommon to strike up a conversation with a fellow swimmer. I told him fairly early on in our chat that I had written a book called Anoint My Head, and his eyebrows lifted at the news. I could tell he was the kind of guy who liked his rock ‘n’ roll so I gave him some more

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New short story for your reading pleasure…

  Click here to read a brand new short story wot I have written called A Night In Dieppe, although I may rename it Molly Ringwald and the Onions, or maybe just Molly and the Onions. But you will have to read it to find out why. The story is all true, apart from the bits I made up and takes about 17 minutes to read, so it goes perfectly with a cup of tea

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A+ book review of Anoint My Head

I can die happy. “If This Is Spinal Tap is the quintessential rock mockumentary, Anoint My Head is the closest you’ll get to that in book form.” Read full review here… Andy Macleod – Anoint My Head: How I Failed To Make It As A Britpop Indie Rock Star (Pointy Books)

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Russian spas, Gobbledegook and so much more…

Welcome to the June edition of Anointy news, which you are getting in July, but who’s counting. I got a bit distracted last month with Euro 2020 and then needed to recover from a birthday trip to a Russian spa. Not sure if I would file the experience under pleasure or pain, but it began with a large hair-less man thrashing me with eucalyptus branches in a piping hot sauna until I thought I was

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Anoint My Head Audiobook out now!

Anoint My Head is now available as an audiobook for your listening pleasure.   It’s been a long time in the making. Not only did I have to spend 7 hours, 11 minutes and 1 second narrating it. I then had to spend another 7 hours, 11 minutes and 1 second narrating it again as the first take wasn’t very good. Then once it was mixed and sequenced, I had to spend 7 hours, 11

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Bookbub deal, Stalker video & Golden Ears episode 4….

Here is a quick round-up of some things happening with my book Anoint My Head plus some other projects in gestation. Apologies in advance if some of the following content borders on silly. ​ BOOKBUB In exciting news, Anoint My Head has been accepted for a Bookbub featured deal. For those not in the know, Bookbub is the daddy of curated book recommendation emails with a subscriber list of 14 million avid book readers. Apparently,

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Harry Styles, Brett Anderson, Radio Fandango & a Competition…

Time to put the kettle on, grab a penguin (the biscuit variety), put your feet up and enjoy this March edition of my Anointy newsletter. Plus you can win a copy of my book wot I wrote if you know the answer to the very tricky question below…. ​ LATEST ON HARRY/ANOINT MY HEAD FILM You may recall from last month’s installment some talk, made-up or otherwise, of Harry Styles possibly playing me in the

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Golden Ears Ep 4 Out Now!

It’s been a while but think this might be the best episode yet.  In this instalment Dad-manager, Neil Sparks has an exciting breakthrough with the band, but also has to manage a tricky situation regarding Dorian’s hopes and fears for the future.  Meanwhile, Joyce tells her husband Fergal he has to choose between his wife or the carpet during a row over the pub refurbishment. You can listen to all four episodes right here. Enjoy! In

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Camden New Journal love

The Pointy Birds struggled to get any press back in the day (apart from that one NME review, but the less said about that the better**). So it was a particular thrill for not only the book to receive a lovely double page spread as below in this week’s Camden New Journal (courtesy of Dan Carrier, a man of exquisite taste), but for The Pointy Birds to feature on the front cover too. It’s only

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Anointy Spotify Playlist

There is now a Spotify playlist of all the songs that feature in Anoint My Head. It totals 106 tracks and clocks in at a whopping 7 hours 18 minutes which is probably the amount of time you need to read the book*. In this way the playlist doubles up as a kind of scratch and sniff immersive experience. The playlist stays mainly in the early nineties but all sorts of things pop up here

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Radio Fandango Sets Sail

Here is the long-awaited promo video for Radio Fandango, a new internet radio station that aims to emulate the playful and slightly sea-sicky spirit of seventies pirate radio meets American college radio. The mission to support the support bands and bring new music and comedy to your ears!  No algorithms, no genres,  curated by humans.  For the video, we channeled our inner Jacques Cousteau shining a light on the weird and wonderful creatures at the bottom of

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CNJ Love, Gossip columns, AMH Spotify playlist and more..

Hope you all keeping as fine and dandy as possible in these troubled times. In an attempt to bring a little light to the dark here is some news about my book wot I wrote, about the band wot I was in, back in the nineties… ​ CAMDEN NEW JOURNAL LOVE The Pointy Birds struggled to get any press back in the day (apart from that one NMEreview, but the less said about that the

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