Dear Sir or Madam will you read my book? It took me years to write, will you take a look? Ok, I will….The paperback version of my effort Anoint My Head has just arrived in the post. Gulp! Watch to find out if it had printed ok, plus a guest intruder who muscles in on the action… You can order it via Amazon, or Ingramspark. Author-signed copies are also available at the Owl book shop
I have crossed the finishing line of Anoint My Head – How I failed to make it as a Britpop indie-rockstar, the tale of a band in the nineties who didn’t quite have what it took to make it but had a manager who did. It’s being serialised in 4 parts as an ebook through November 2020 with the full version / paperback on December 7th 2020. If you would like to read part one
Ladies and gentlemen, the moment you’ve all been waiting for. Some of you waiting longer than others; many of you may not have been waiting at all. And some you may not have even realised you were waiting. But worry not, coz here it is. 12 songs, 35 minutes, 25 years late. The debut album from Big Slice. Or B.S. for short. Come for the tunes, stay for the lyrics, wonder what could have been;
I got interviewed by Ben and Steve for their fab new podcast which rediscovers lost demoes and the stories behind them. You can hear hare here me talking about me and The Pointy Birds and Big Slice for over an hour, without stopping. Poor Ben and Steve but I paid them handsomely….
I have written a collection of stories set in Parsley Bay, which is is one of a series of little harbour beaches on Sydney Harbour. The first book of the series is called The Boulder and here is a sneak peek of the cover designed by Elliot and illustrated by Sasha. I can’t decide whether to include the F or not in my name.
….‘One Better Day’ with Dave Rowntree (and me!) Dave Rowntree from Blur has made a spiffing show called ‘One Better day’ all about the history of Camden as the centre of music from the 18th century via The Roundhouse through Britpop to the present day. It’s an enjoyable trip down memory lane and I make an appearance or two chatting about some of the gigs and bands we put on back in the day. The two
Episode 3 is out now. Here is the story so far… Black Pig landlord Fergal and music promoter Donald have a showdown regarding the way forward for the music venue and come up with a food-based solution. Meanwhile, Neil continues with his meetings in London and then reports back to The Sickness at their band rehearsal. Golden Ears is a new sitcom-podcast about a dad-manager, a toilet-venue, and a dog called Memphis. It may contain
Or to give the song it’s full title: ‘Would You Sell Your Nan Down The River For A Hit?’. This is the bonus song from Golden Ears episode two with Gary Gold from Fingers In Pies asking dad-manager Neil Sparks whether his band really really want it. You can listen to ‘Sell your Nan’ on Spotify. And/or you can listen Golden Ears episode one and beyond on usual podcast outlets or experience the full thing here.
Dad-manager Neil Sparks gets the train to London for his breakfast meetings to have a munch and some brunch and then maybe a spot of lunch with various music industry movers and shakers, but possibly bites off more than he can chew. Meanwhile, Black Pig landlady Joyce tries to calm her husband Fergal down after a band expresses their feelings about the landlord with a spray can. Listen to episode two on this site here or
Dad-manager Neil Sparks visits his deceased wife Sally to tell her about his breakfast meeting in London but can’t help breaking into song. And in case you are wondering ‘Breakfast Meeting’ is the episode 1 bonus song from Golden Ears. And Golden Ears is a new sitcom-podcast about a dad-manager called Neil Sparks. And Neil Sparks is a 49-year-old travel agent who decides to manage his son Dorian’s band – The Sickness. And The Sickness may or may not
It’s been a long time coming but here it is. Golden Ears is a new sitcom-podcast about a dad-manager, a toilet-venue, and a dog called Memphis. It may contain the odd song and animation along the way too. Dad manager Neil is unable to contain his excitement as he is invited to not one, but TWO Breakfast Meetings in London to discuss his son Dorian’s band. Meanwhile, Black Pig Landlord Fergal tells his music promoter