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Alan Ashworth

Alan Ashworth
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Alan Ashworth is a former national newspaper journalist now retreated to the Ribble Valley, where he grows cacti and tramps the fells with the family dog Bingo. He and his wife Margaret run a website, A-M Records , which includes their collected TCW columns plus extra features including Tracks of the Day. Requests, queries and comments can be sent to alanj126@yahoo.co.uk

Off the Beaten Tracks: The Feelgoods Factor Part 2

LAST week we left Dr Feelgood in the early 1970s playing their first gigs together in the area around their native Canvey...

Off the Beaten Tracks: The Feelgoods Factor

THIS week we paddle our battered time-travelling canoe into the Thames Delta of the 1960s, to visit that strange part of Essex...

Off the Beaten Tracks: The Beach Boys come of age – Part 2

LAST week we left the Beach Boys on the crest of a wave with Pet Sounds, an album which changed the face of...

Off the Beaten Tracks: The Beach Boys come of age

WHILE their early hit songs about surfing and girls have their charm, the Beach Boys don’t really interest me until 1966. That...

Off the Beaten Tracks: The Joy of Samplers

FOR the hard-up music lover in the late Sixties and early Seventies, budget-priced sampler albums were heaven-sent. For just a few bob...

I’m rich (again)

I HAD always assumed that the emails one receives, usually from Nigeria, offering a share in a multi-million-pound fortune on condition of...

Off the Beaten Tracks: Michael Nesmith, country heir

THE description ‘laid back’ could have been invented for Michael Nesmith. He turned up to an audition for the Monkees on his...

Paradice Lost

I TAKE it that readers shared my astonishment yesterday to learn from TCW’s Caroline ffiske that an official document from some group of nutters...

Off the Beaten Tracks: The roots of Trees

ALTHOUGH the folk-rock group Trees failed to sell many records during their short lifetime, many rail travellers will be familiar with the...

Off the Beaten Tracks: Talk of the Townes

THERE are some striking parallels between Britain’s Nick Drake, whose profile I concluded last week, and the American Townes Van Zandt. Both were...

Off the Beaten Tracks: Nick Drake – Now We Rise

AT the end of my second column about Nick Drake, he was dead from a drug overdose at the age of 26 having...

Off the Beaten Tracks: To Hatfield, via Caravan

I HAVE often seen it claimed that side two of In the Land of Grey and Pink by Caravan is the peak achievement in...

Off the Beaten Tracks: First Raitt

THIS week, fond recollections of Bonnie Raitt and the albums she made at the beginning of her long career. Bonnie was blessed...

Off the Beaten Tracks: Maddy and June

IN previous columns about Maddy Prior and June Tabor I made passing reference to the LP they made together in 1976, Silly Sisters. Since...

Off the Beaten Tracks: Brothers banish the Blues

HEAVEN knows we’re miserable now, as Mr Morrissey almost said, so here’s a suggestion to lift the gloom. Invest four quid or so...

Off the Beaten Tracks: Van Dyke Parks and a sunny delight

THE name Van Dyke Parks might not strike a chord with the public, but his music definitely does. As a songwriter, arranger...

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