Cold London Blues with me (and my other books) here in Poland.
Ronnie Burke in the Boro.
Jeff Munday in London.
Micheal Haskins in Florida.
Peter Ord in Hartlepool.
Marky Hewitt in Hartlepool.
Denise Sparowhawk in Hartlepool.
K A Laity in Dundee.
Mark Hammonds in the Boro.
Vic Godard in Surrey.
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I first met John when I was a teenager, in the mid ’70s. I met him via my older brother Eric, who was a musician.
John knew pretty much every musician in the area because – as well as records- his shop sold guitar strings and the like and he organised trips to gigs for years.
‘Colin Henry Wilson (26 June 1931 – 5 December 2013) was an English writer, philosopher and novelist. He also wrote widely ontrue crime, mysticism and the paranormal. Wilson called his philosophy “new existentialism” or “phenomenological existentialism”, and maintained his life work was “that of a philosopher, and (his) purpose to create a new and optimistic existentialism”.‘
And back in the ’80s and ’90s, I read a lot of Colin Wilson‘s books, mostly his novels and mostly via Hartlepool Public Library. He even wrote a crime book- The Killer- that was partly set in Hartlepool. There was a lot that I liked about him and his books.
Along the way, I discovered he’d written a book called The Book Of Booze. And for some reason, I wrote to him about it. And for some reason, he replied.
I didn’t have the letter for years and thought I’d lost it on my travels but it recently turned up in a pile of old photos.
From 1978, here’s Hartlepool’s finest power pop/ new wave band, Disguise, with Hey Baby.
Riviera is another great instrumental from PETER ORD which would be perfect as the theme to a spy film or television series. Great clips in the video, too, of classic TV shows such as The Champions and Department S.