Sunday, January 19, 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: Lou walks on the wild side

LAST week we saw Lou Reed quitting the Velvet Underground in 1970, dismayed at their lack of commercial success – just as their talents...

Off the Beaten Tracks: Tipping the Velvets

THE Velvet Underground received a cursory mention in my profile of Nico published almost a year ago. Obviously, such a historically significant band deserve...

Off the Beaten Tracks: Sausage seller makes good

OUR subject this week was rejected in 1980s Nashville as being ‘too rock for country’ and in Los Angeles as being ‘too country for...

Off with her head!

ACCORDING to the calendar on our kitchen wall, today is the second of August. Yet when you look at the news, every day seems...

Off the Beaten Tracks: Thompson v Thompson

LAST week we left Richard and Linda Thompson preparing to make their third album together, to fulfil a contract with Island Records. The self-styled...

And on the left wing for Oxford, Salt ’n’ Lineker

LATEST news from the football transfer window – Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford, has signed Gary Lineker as a visiting fellow. The fee is unspecified...

Off the Beaten Tracks: When Richard met Linda

WHEN founder member Richard Thompson left Fairport Convention shortly after the release of the Full House album in July 1970, he announced he would...

The Leftie who puts the berk in Berkeley

OH, to live in Berkeley, California, where they’ve really got their priorities right. In a radical overhaul, all ‘gendered’ language is to be removed from...

TCW’s Summer Reads: Hamilton House of Horror

The Slaves of Solitude, by Patrick Hamilton HERE is a horror story. There are no knife maniacs, masked murderers or chainsaw wielding cannibals in this...

Fair pay for Federer?

ROGER is a heart surgeon. For fifty gruelling hours each week he operates under immense pressure with consummate skill, saving lives. For this he...

Off the Beaten Tracks: Fairport’s golden years, Part 2

WE left Fairport Convention last week at Farley House, a rented Hampshire country mansion where, battered and bruised, they began their recovery following the...

A Corbyn disciple’s school for scandal

AREN’T Lefties wonderful? Latest egregious example of their ‘Do as I say, not as I do’ philosophy is the Corbynite deputy leader of Brighton...

Off the Beaten Tracks: Fairport’s golden years, Part 1

ALTHOUGH Fairport Convention got mentions in previous pieces on Sandy Denny, Ian Matthews and Steeleye Span, I didn’t come near to doing them justice....

The new gate of Hell (handcart access required)

DESPITE strenuous objections from his neighbours, a man has been granted permission to keep two lions in his back garden.  Reece Oliver, 28, lives in...

Off the Beaten Tracks: Nice Beaver

APART from the long, greasy hair, bumfluff sideburns, RAF-surplus greatcoat and purulent complexion, there was one essential item of appearance for the teenager-about-town in...

Off the Beaten Tracks: Small Face, Big Attitude

AS regular readers of our efforts will have realised by now, the musical tastes of my wife and myself rarely converge. One exception is...

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