Strange as it may seem, over the years I've been asked some rather unusual questions. Naturally I won't respond to any of them here, but for the rest of you here are some obvious answers to some obvious questions infrequently posed to me over the years.
"What's your day job? We know you can't make a living writing."
I used to work in radio broadcast sales and commercial voice-over,
but have since retired which allows me the time and flexibility to do the things I enjoy, such as write about Progressive Rock music.
I started in radio while still in high school in 1970 and have worked in virtually every aspect of the broadcasting business
including station management, on-air and music-programming. Now as I say I focus my attention to writing about Progressive Rock
music, doing a Prog radio show on The Dividing Line Broadcast Network and announcing at the local drag strip.
"Where are you based?"
I live in a small community called White Rock, just south of Canada's third largest city, Vancouver. This puts
me in close proximity to concerts and activities in both Vancouver and Seattle Washington.
"Why did you write a book about Progressive Rock?"
The idea for the book came about in 1982 when I was hosting and producing a progressive
rock radio show called Exposure. Each week I would feature old and new progressive stuff wherever I could find it. I was always having
trouble finding background material on the artists and I suggested to some friends that somebody should write a book about prog. They
said, "Why don't you do it." So I did.
"Have you written anything else?"
As a matter of fact, yes. I've also written about the fifty most influential prog artists in
a book called 20th Century of Rock and Roll: Progressive Rock and recently put together the more exhaustive Progressive Rock Handbook.
In addition to progressive rock I've written a book about the history of psychedelic rock, appropriately entitled The Psychedelic
Rock Files. Most recently I've self-published another book about the psychedelic era entitled The Family Dog Story that's all about
Chet Helms and the Avalon Ballroom in San Francisco.
"Where can I purchase these books?"
Virtually all of these books have either sold-out or are in very short supply. You may find a
copy here or there at some of the on-line book sellers or you can contact the publisher directly www.cgpublishing.com
I do have
a very few copies left of The Progressive Rock Files
, The Psychedelic Rock Files
and The Family Dog Story
. These can be ordered while
copies remain by contacting me directly.
The Progressive Rock Files
This book is both a handy reference guide and general overview of the Progressive Rock genre. Here you'll find a year-by-year history of the genre, how it developed and who the key players were and are. There's also a definition, genre guide and a response to the critics. Lastly there is an A-Z listing of over 1400 progressive rock artists with style descriptions and discographies.
20th Century of Rock & Roll: Progressive Rock
The Psychedelic Rock Files
This book is both a handy reference guide and general overview of the Psychedelic Rock genre. Here you'll find a year-by-year history of the genre, how it develped and who the key players were. There's also a definition, genre guide and a look at the impact the genre had on venues, posters and music in general. Lastly there is an A-Z listing of over 700 psychedelic rock artists with style descriptions and discographies.
NOTE: The last remaining copies of The Progressive Rock Files and The Psychedelic Rock Files
are now available direct from me for$15 plus shipping and handling.
Contact me for details.
The Progressive Rock Handbook
This book picks up where the Rock Files book leaves off. Included here are a variety of commentaries relating to the Progressive Rock genre, plus individual sections on prog festivals, books, websites and webstores There's also an updated genre guide. Lastly there is a greatly expanded, updated and mostly rewritten A-Z listing of over 3300 progressive rock artists with style descriptions and discographies.