Thursday, October 1, 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: First Raitt

THIS week, fond recollections of Bonnie Raitt and the albums she made at the beginning of her long career. Bonnie was blessed...

Off the Beaten Tracks: Maddy and June

IN previous columns about Maddy Prior and June Tabor I made passing reference to the LP they made together in 1976, Silly Sisters. Since...

Off the Beaten Tracks: Brothers banish the Blues

HEAVEN knows we’re miserable now, as Mr Morrissey almost said, so here’s a suggestion to lift the gloom. Invest four quid or so...

Off the Beaten Tracks: Van Dyke Parks and a sunny delight

THE name Van Dyke Parks might not strike a chord with the public, but his music definitely does. As a songwriter, arranger...

Off the Beaten Tracks: Not in Love with 10cc

PUB quiz question (for when we all start going out for a pint again): What do Frabjoy and Runcible Spoon, Crazy Elephant,...

Off the Beaten Tracks: Joni Mitchell’s masterpieces (Part 3)

AS I mentioned in a previous column, 1974 saw Joni Mitchell celebrating her assimilation into Hollywood A-list society courtesy of her gay friend...

Off the Beaten Tracks: Prayin’ for Prine

A FEW days ago it was revealed that the greatly admired American singer-songwriter John Prine was seriously ill with coronavirus.

Off the Beaten Tracks: Free – All Right Then

WHEN Free played their first gig, at a pub in South London, only two of them were old enough to order a...

Off the Beaten Tracks: Flavour of DeMent

FOR simple songs straight from the heart, Iris DeMent’s debut album Infamous Angel is hard to beat. Her delivery is unspoilt, unadorned, often childlike...

Off the Beaten Tracks – the Sex Pistols before they were infamous

A FEW months before a foul-mouthed 1976 TV interview propelled them on to the Fleet Street front pages, the Sex Pistols were...

Off the Beaten Tracks: A Jackson Browne study – Part 2

IN the first part of the Jackson Browne story, we left our hero having completed his brilliant second album, For Everyman, living in the...

Off the Beaten Tracks: Judas! When Dylan went electric

A FRIEND of mine likes to describe the Blind Beggar in Whitechapel as the biggest pub in the world – ‘It must...

Off the Beaten Tracks: Eno’s, you know

HARDLY a week goes by without my mentioning Brian Eno, so a look at his solo career must be long overdue. In...

Off the Beaten Tracks – mighty Pixies

TAKE a smattering of surf rock and add a pinch of punk. Stir in a generous slab of Beefheart with a sprig...

Meet Ms Motivator

FOR sheer brass neck, few can hold a candle to the disgraced former Labour MP Fiona Onasanya. She,...

Off the Beaten Tracks: Well-done Beefheart

CAPTAIN Beefheart once sang: ‘I may be hungry but I sure ain’t weird.’ The rest of the world might beg to differ.

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