Saturday, February 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: Rickie Lee Jones, Duchess of Coolsville

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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

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Off the Beaten Tracks: Hot Rats’ Golden Jubilee

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Off the Beaten Tracks: Leo the lion

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Off the Beaten Tracks: Just Say Yes, part 2

LAST week we left Yes basking in the success of their breakthrough third LP, The Yes Album, which went platinum in America. They were,...

Off the Beaten Tracks: Just say Yes

FOLLOWING my recent column about Genesis, I have received thousands of requests (well, a good few) to look at another giant of the British...

Good old Diane. If she didn’t exist, we’d have to make her up

AFTER 32 years in Parliament, Labour veteran Diane Abbott had the honour today of becoming the first black MP to represent his or her...

Off the Beaten Tracks: After Blue – what Joni Mitchell did next

IN a previous column, we left Joni Mitchell feeling battered and bruised after being ditched by James Taylor, consoled little by the success of...

Off the Beaten Tracks: The forever innocent Jonathan Richman

WHEN I first heard Jonathan Richman I thought he was simply playing a character – a naïve childlike figure who saw beauty in ordinary...

Roll up, roll up for Crazy Cathedral Capers

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We’re in the money!

SOME of us, I guess, were just born lucky. This morning I received the following email: Dear Sir/ Madam, Please forgive me if my request is...

Off the Beaten Tracks: Nick Drake Part 2 – Darker Later

WE left Nick Drake last week in the depths of misery after the commercial failure of his debut album Five Leaves Left. A series...

Death on the job

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Steaks are high in the war on vegans

A MILITANT vegan group has announced that it will attempt to close Smithfield meat market in London for two weeks by forming a ‘human...

Off the Beaten Tracks: Alas, poor Nick Drake

GIVEN that the skunk weed available today is at least double the strength of the cannabis which was on the street fifty years ago,...

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