Saturday, October 31, 2020

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: Well-done Beefheart (Part Two)

IN a previous column we left Captain Beefheart claiming all the credit for his 1969 double-album masterpiece Trout Mask Replica and insisting that his...

Off the Beaten Tracks: Home thoughts, a lockdown songbook

WITH Field Marshal Johnson attempting to confine us all to barracks, I thought I’d take a break from musician profiles this week...

Off the Beaten Tracks: Mr Dave, Jackson Browne’s main man

WHILE his contributions to classic LPs by Jackson Browne, Linda Ronstadt, Terry Reid, Ry Cooder, Warren Zevon and many others would be...

Off the Beaten Tracks: Lowe Life Part 3

CRIKEY! It’s getting on for a year since we left the Nick Lowe story with him at a loose end, his band Little...

Off the Beaten Tracks: Groundhogs Days

THERE are certain musical acts which seem to have a special appeal to the male of the species. For example, I have...

Dame Flo paints it black

SPARE a thought for poor old Floella Benjamin. Or rather Dame Floella. Having arrived in the UK as a child...

Off the Beaten Tracks: 1-2-3-4 Ramones!

A COUPLE of columns ago we examined how Dr Feelgood evolved in early-1970s Essex as a dagger to the heart of the...

Off the Beaten Tracks: Worst of the worst

COURTESY of the much-missed radio and TV presenter Kenny Everett, this week’s column is dedicated to dross – some of the most...

Off the Beaten Tracks: The Feelgoods Factor Part 2

LAST week we left Dr Feelgood in the early 1970s playing their first gigs together in the area around their native Canvey...

Off the Beaten Tracks: The Feelgoods Factor

THIS week we paddle our battered time-travelling canoe into the Thames Delta of the 1960s, to visit that strange part of Essex...

Off the Beaten Tracks: The Beach Boys come of age – Part 2

LAST week we left the Beach Boys on the crest of a wave with Pet Sounds, an album which changed the face of...

Off the Beaten Tracks: The Beach Boys come of age

WHILE their early hit songs about surfing and girls have their charm, the Beach Boys don’t really interest me until 1966. That...

Off the Beaten Tracks: The Joy of Samplers

FOR the hard-up music lover in the late Sixties and early Seventies, budget-priced sampler albums were heaven-sent. For just a few bob...

I’m rich (again)

I HAD always assumed that the emails one receives, usually from Nigeria, offering a share in a multi-million-pound fortune on condition of...

Off the Beaten Tracks: Michael Nesmith, country heir

THE description ‘laid back’ could have been invented for Michael Nesmith. He turned up to an audition for the Monkees on his...

Paradice Lost

I TAKE it that readers shared my astonishment yesterday to learn from TCW’s Caroline ffiske that an official document from some group of nutters...

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