Wednesday, January 22, 2020

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: John Cale – Paris 1919 and all that

WHEN Lou Reed sacked John Cale from the Velvet Underground, his excuse was that the Welshman’s ideas were too ‘out there’, including...

Long live the King Crimson, Part 2

LAST week we left Robert Fripp in 1972, resolved to take King Crimson in a radical new direction and replace every member of...

Off the Beaten Tracks: Long live the King Crimson

MY previous columns on Genesis and Yes seemed to go down well with discerning readers, so here’s a look at another pillar...

TCW’s holiday reads: The case for Jonathan Latimer

IF, like me, you prefer your detective stories laced with a hefty shot of humour, may I recommend the works of Jonathan...

Off the Beaten Tracks: Lowe Life (Part 2)

WE left Nick Lowe last week gazing into the mirror, not liking what he saw, and vowing to quit the booze and...

Off the Beaten Tracks: Lowe Life

LAST week’s column mentioned that Nick Lowe regarded Randy Newman and Bob Dylan as the two greatest songwriters. Praise indeed, because Lowe himself...

Why spend £40,000 a year keeping this brute in comfort?

AFTER a shocking fortnight-long rampage of rape and kidnapping, psychopath Joseph McCann was this week given 33 life sentences. 

Off the Beaten Tracks: Randy Newman, master craftsman (continued)

NOT so long ago the great British musician Nick Lowe was asked at a public question-and-answer session who he thought were the...

Off the Beaten Tracks: Traffic Report, Part 2

LAST week we left Traffic in a jam after Steve Winwood decided to break up the band in 1969. He joined forces...

Off the Beaten Tracks: Traffic Report

WHEN Steve Winwood first played piano in pubs and clubs, his bandmates made sure he faced away from the audience at all...

Off the Beaten Tracks: The glory of Rory

ACCORDING to music legend, Jimi Hendrix was once asked on TV what it was like to be the greatest rock guitarist in...

Off the Beaten Tracks: Rickie Lee Jones, Duchess of Coolsville

THIS week’s subject featured recently in the Times Saturday Review column My Culture Fix. Rickie Lee Jones was asked who, in her opinion, was...

Off the Beaten Tracks: In praise of Bryn Haworth

DURING my early years in journalism, I was lucky enough to interview a number of musicians. I have already described my meeting with the...

St Greta joins the beetles

HOT news from the insect community: A new species of beetle has been discovered and named after junior world leader Greta Thunberg. Nelloptodes gretae...

Off the Beaten Tracks: Hot Rats’ Golden Jubilee

THIS month marked the 50th anniversary of an LP release which was to prove a landmark in modern music. Hot Rats, by Frank Zappa,...

Off the Beaten Tracks: Leo the lion

AT a recent reunion lunch for Fleet Street hacks, I was reminded of a boast I made in the late 1970s – ‘I’ve got...

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