Monthly Archives: MARCH 2014

MARCH, 2014

The legendary Andy Roberts (alumnus of The Liverpool Scene, Plainsong and Wall-era expanded Pink Floyd) is famous as being 'the man who played with everyone'. Indeed, he actually made an album, in 1971, with a band called Everyone. In 1967 he played with John McLaughlin, at one gig - and yes, the anecdote is in the book.


This week, on March 26th, Andy gets to add that all-too-rare phrase "gigged with Colin Harper and Peter Doggett" to his CV when he joins us as musical guest - performing Duffy Power/John McLaughlin songs - at our author event at Waterstones, Piccadilly, in London. Showtime is 6.30pm, booking advised (see online/previous news post for details).

posted by ADMIN  March 24, 2014 5:26  General

The new (April 2014) issue of Jazzwise carries a hugely positive review from Stuart Nicholson. As with Sid Smith in Prog, I'm really pleased that another reviewer has recognised the wider ambition of the book - chronicling London's extraordinary and unrepeatable musical world in the 1960s - and thrilled that my efforts seem to have passed muster.


Among several very generous things which Stuart says is this:


"Harper['s]... book not only does the subject justice, but is also an indispensible guide - the best yet written - to the Brit jazz scene in the 1960s..."


The British jazz scene in the '60s is very leanly served in book form to date. The field is wide open for further investigation and revelations, and I very much hope other writers - and commissioning editors - dive in, and soon. As Sid Smith noted, the era is ...


posted by ADMIN  March 21, 2014 7:07  General

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

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