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: A Jackson Browne study (part one)

THE adjective ‘precocious’ could have been invented for Jackson Browne. At an age when most of us were still worrying about acne and failing...

Off the Beaten Tracks: In touch with the Feelies

THIS week’s choice will never feature, I’ll wager, in anyone’s top ten of rock and roll heroes. They wouldn’t even be in my own...

Off the Beaten Tracks: Bowie – Low and Behold

IT IS often the case that a personal life in crisis can result in some of a musician’s finest work; Bob Dylan’s Blood on...

Off the Beaten Tracks: Randy Newman, master craftsman

THIS week, a long-overdue salute to that most enduring of songwriters, Randy Newman. For more than half a century he has been making us...

Off the Beaten Tracks: Bill the Conqueror

IF HE had listened to his music teacher’s advice, we wouldn’t be listening to Bill Dalton now. At 16 his school report read: ‘William...

Off the Beaten Tracks: Blue – the confessions of Joni Mitchell

MY choice this week has frequently been described as one of the greatest albums of all time, and the best by a female artist...

Don’t let’s be beastly to the vermin

NEWS to gladden the hearts of animal lovers comes from Germany, where a nine-strong team of rescuers was deployed to save a sewer rat...

Off the Beaten Tracks: Will the real John Martyn please stand up?

THERE were many embarrassing moments in my journalistic career, and some still have the capacity to make me cringe. One such came on a...

Put down the toaster and come out with your hands up

WHAT a comfort it is to know that highly paid scientists are beavering away at the frontiers of research to find new ways of...

Off the Beaten Tracks: The Age of Innocence

WITH gloom all around, politically and weatherwise, and spring seeming a long way off, here’s a ray of aural sunshine to brighten up your...

Off the Beaten Tracks: Where Beatlemania began – and I slept through it

A FEW weeks ago I looked back fondly to the late sixties and early seventies, when every decent-sized town had at least one record...

Off the Beaten Tracks: Jimi wrecks the Lulu Show

DURING the 1960s, there were few cosier corners in the world of television than BBC Light Entertainment. Middle-of-the-road singers such as Val Doonican, Petula...

An insole to the intelligence

A SEARING initiative to deal with the problem of poor language skills among children has been announced. Staff at Clarks shoe shops are to...

Off the Beaten Tracks: Head Girl

FOR those who remember Talking Heads, it’s usually because of David Byrne, the flamboyant front man in the ‘big suit’ who gurned, crooned, shouted,...

Off the Beaten Tracks: We need to talk about Kevin Ayers

THIS week another of British rock music’s true originals, Kevin Ayers. Along with Syd Barrett, Kevin was one of the first to sing in...

Off the Beaten Tracks: Dylan’s finest hours?

WHEN considering subjects for this column, the usual yardstick is the more obscure the better. However this week I’m making an exception for the...

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