MARCH, 2014

The new March 2014 issue of 'Prog' magazine carries a very insightful half-page review of Bathed In Lightning from King Crimson biographer and eminently readable blogger Sid Smith. I'm really delighted that Sid has picked up on and appreciated the bigger picture of the book - the story of music-making across all genres in London in the 1960s, through the prism of John McLaughlin's extraordinary peregrinations. I'll quote a couple of couple of sentences:

'Harper's treatment of McLaughlin's formative years leaps from the page, evoking the hard graft, sweat and smoke of long-lost dives and clubs that he passed through on his way to greater things. As a result, this also serves as a celebration of a dues-paying twilight world that was once a necessary adjunct to finding your individual voice, a world that is now on the verge of passing out of living memory.'

posted by ADMIN  March 20, 2014 9:00  General

'The March/April issue of 'R2' AKA 'Rock'n'Reel' magazine (not available online) carries a review of 'Bathed In Lightning', including the judgement that it is "a revelatory work of scholarship, written with a professional historian's rigour". I'll happily settle for that...'

posted by ADMIN  March 18, 2014 10:53  General

The current issue of Record Collector includes a lovely review of Bathed In Lightning from Joel McIver. It’s also available online:

posted by ADMIN  March 13, 2014 12:03  General


I’m delighted to say that Waterstones flagship bookstore at Piccadilly Circus, London, has confirmed an event around Bathed In Lightning. It will involve the great Peter Doggett, author of many great music books including You Never Give Me Your Money (one of the very few essential Beatles books), chairing a Q&A with myself, also including questions from the floor and probably a reading or two. I’m hopeful that it may be possible to have a musical guest along – though this will be a bonus rather than an expectation.

It’s a ticketed event, running from 6.30pm with glass of wine included. Details for booking are here:


Waterstones: Get Tickets

posted by ADMIN  February 20, 2014 13:36  General

Sadly, Duffy Power died this morning, 19/2/14.


Duffy was an incredibly talented man whose career, from roughly 1958 - 75, encompassed many great movements in British music - rock'n'roll, R&B, soul, rock and so much more. Among many other collaborations and adventures, he worked with John McLaughlin in 1963 (touring and recording with the Graham Bond Quartet) and again from late 1965 to early 1967, co-writing songs and recording numerous publishing demos plus the Duffy’s Nucleus single ‘Hound Dog’ and a French EP.


Most of Duffy’s recordings with John can be found across two 2CD compilations on the RPM label: Leapers & Sleepers and Vampers & Champers (the latter, alas, currently out of print).


He never had the success he deserved - nowhere near it. Duffy semi-retired from music in the mid 70s, making a few forays back into ...


posted by ADMIN  February 19, 2014 13:34  General

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