Friday, May 29, 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: 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...

Off the Beaten Tracks: The best little record shop in the land

WHAT a choice set of comments on my post about Brinsley Schwarz. Author and former Kursaal Flyer Will Birch reminded me that he wrote...

Off the Beaten Tracks: Surrender to the Brinsleys

IF EVER a group got off to a bad start, that group would be Brinsley Schwarz. While still unknown to the British press and...

A Christmas read: Peake of perfection

ALTHOUGH not normally an admirer of fantasy fiction, I make an exception for Mervyn Peake’s remarkable novels Titus Groan and Gormenghast. They contain some...

Off the Beaten Tracks: A Christmas selection box (guaranteed Slade-free)

IT must have been in December 1975, two years after its release, that I declared: ‘If I hear that bloody Slade Christmas record again...

Leftie Lunacy: A period of transition

CHILDREN as young as eight are to be taught at schools in Leftie Brighton (where else?) that boys as well as girls can have...

Off the Beaten Tracks: Matthews Country

WHEN, in September, I wrote a tribute to the incomparable Sandy Denny,, I somehow managed not to mention that during her early days with...

Vote Pig, and muddy puddles!

WELCOME again to the land of you couldn’t make it up, where the hot news is that a Cambridge University academic says the minimum...

Off the Beaten Tracks: When infant teachers cry

SOME time ago I gained possession of an unofficial double CD featuring the all-female Canadian folk group the Be Good Tanyas, recorded live in...

Off the Beaten Tracks: The Lives of Bryan

LOUNGE lizard, crooner, multi-millionaire and self-made toff, Bryan Ferry CBE is one of the pillars of the popular music Establishment. Just the sort of character...

Off the Beaten Tracks: To know it is to Lovett

To those who aver that country music is just a bunch of tired clichés, I would venture a two-word riposte: Lyle Lovett. And a...

Off the Beaten Tracks: Realm of the Coyne

One incident which the multi-millionaire Police star Andy Summers for some reason omits to mention in his 2007 memoir One Train Later is the...

Off the Beaten Tracks: Twinkle Twinkle Big Star

If a band’s success were judged solely by critical acclaim, Big Star would be up there with the musical giants. The reviewers loved them,...

Off the Beaten Tracks: Pipe down, Elton, we can’t hear Lowell George

The first time I saw Little Feat in concert was on January 15, 1975, at the Free Trade Hall, Manchester. They were part of...

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