Monday, 22 December 2008

Johny Brown - just about the coolest guy in town!

The final blog of the year – not that I regularly write on the website, but here we go. Everybody, or nearly everybody who writes knows how hard it is to get published and find an agent, so I’ve been lucky in having a book published, God’s Lonely men, and another coming out very soon, An Unlikely Fooligan – and hopefully in a few months a work of fiction, Malayan Swing. I was also fortunate enough to be asked by Johny Brown to be a guest on his show, Resonance Radio FM 104; it went out on Friday the 19th of December between 11.30 to 1.30 am.
It was a good evening, Johny organised it so that some of my work was read out by an actress, Tilly and an actor Ben, and the engineer, John, asked me questions about my work and ideas that I have – Inga and Johny, as did everyone else, made me feel at home and relaxed – it was an enjoyable time, no doubt I spoke some nonsense, but it struck me that I hardly ever look at the work I’ve written with anyone, and hearing it read out was interesting for me – so, it was a top night with some good people – check him out, Johny Brown, a chap who remembers his punk background, has good ideas and means well – if there was more of them about 2009 would be a better time for us all boys and girls – Happy Christmas and have a good New Year.

Monday, 21 July 2008

So long Tough Alberto

I don’t add much to the website, which I should do, but here’s an update anyway.
My book God’s lonely Men came out last December and although not being featured in the mainstream media coverage, except for an interview with Dotun Adebayo on Radio Five Live, I have been lucky in having the support that I have. I’ve received quite a few e-mails from people telling me how much they enjoyed the book, people who mostly saw The Lurkers back when Fred, Barney and Deano were in the neighbourhood. I’d like to say thanks very much for your interest and support. I’m going to the punk festival in August with copies of my book and will be on a stall with Arturo.
I have another book coming out with the same publisher called An Unlikely Fooligan. It’s an observation of Japan made during my trips to Japan in 2002 and 2003. I have another book, a novel called Malayan Swing being published by London Books in a few months. I wrote the book in 1993 and 1994, I’ve tightened it up but the story has remained the same.
It’s been a year of massive contrasts for me, what with having my book recently published and my other books soon to be published, and my father dying in March. My dad was a sensitive man, and like me he was a bit of a storyteller. He was short in height and came from a large family in an area where poverty was the norm and one had to fight for what one wanted, and then still in his teens being sent to war. I have learned that whilst my father didn’t ingrain in me the skills and ways to be crafty and compete, or have material possessions and money, he instilled far more, and that was his humility; this was done by showing understanding to people who are weak and different and his kindness towards animals.
When I was a child he would tell me tales of a character called Tough Alberto, who would wreak revenge on those who were bullies. Tough Alberto was six feet tall and always dressed in black, he would appear on the scene when an act of brutish and cowardly behaviour was taking place and the bully would be put to right with superior fighting skills.
My dad’s name was Albert, his favourite actor was Douglas Fairbanks and he loved films, especially westerns with Gary Cooper and Burt Lancaster in them – they were always dressed in black; I didn’t piece it together until only a few years ago.
So I take care of my mum now – it’s what Tough Alberto would have liked to do.

Friday, 1 February 2008

Out and about

My book’s been out nearly a couple of months now, as I’ve already said, it isn’t any Harry Potter in the sales league, but people are buying it and I’m grateful to them for doing so. In the area local to where live I have been walking around with a black bag containing the books; the reason for doing so started because some people asked if they could buy one off me if they saw me around the local pubs and cake shops that I frequent. I have become a common sight, walking around with my bag, so much so it roused one beery wag to shout out when seeing me, “’Ere, that Chinese bloke’s put on a lot of weight.” A reference to one of the DVD salesmen that visit pubs
As well as walking around pubs I have been out and about lately and have met people coming from the world of punk music, something I haven’t done for years and rarely did when I played in The Lurkers all those years ago. I went to The Shepherds Bush Empire for The Ruts evening last Friday, whilst there I met Henry Rollins and he gave a ticket to see him the following night at The Apollo in Hammersmith; he’s an old Lurker’s fan and seems to be a pleasant chap. I spoke to Seggs, the base player from The Ruts and others, giving them my view of things – I bet they’re glad that I haven’t been around for years!
Anyway, Barnet, he who promotes at The 12 Bar Club, is putting me on there to read from my book; it’s on the 23rd of February, and I’m down to read at Filthy McNasty’s in Islington some time in March.
I write every day and hopefully have a book, Malayan Swing, being published by London Books around June time this year; but as well as that I have written a travelogue type of thing called An Unlikely Fooligan, which is about my wandering in Japan in 2002 and 2003 and Martin King who published my book is interested in having a look at it.
So, I’ll sign off now, and best wishes to all for the remainder of the year.