On this day 30 years ago, I was sitting in my parents' front room waiting for The Greatest Gig of All Time to begin. Only back then, it wasn't clear that this was going to be quite such a momentous event. With my rock journo cynicism, I had doubted whether Bob Geldof could pull it off, so had decided to send another member of the Record Mirror staff to Wembley. It turned out to be one of my … [Read more...] about The day I missed The Greatest Gig of All Time
I often talk about the unreliability of human memory and how we tell a different story about an event from the past every time we recall it. But when you are presented with photographic evidence of a particular moment in time, there is an undeniable story right there. It's a strange feeling when you see a photograph of yourself that you can't remember being taken - one that you never knew … [Read more...] about Every picture tells a story… doesn’t it?
[vimeo 92066732] When Claire Taylor of The Story Mill asked if I'd be interested in doing a video interview about playing a role vs being authentic, I was intrigued. It has been a long time since anyone has asked me about Being Betty Page. To explain: way back in 1979, when I was secretary to the editor of the music paper Sounds, I started to write reviews of bands. Because I was already … [Read more...] about Living a story versus living an authentic life