The world of the mind should not play second fiddle to the physical if we wish to truly live.

Perhaps the greatest force in the world is our imagination. It is limitless. It has the power to create worlds and destroy them. It can literally move mountains. It is as powerful as we allow it to be. It is as limitless as we wish it to be.

Our individual…

A ride worth taking

Surely most people following the music trends of the early seventies have heard of Camel. They never gained the same public recognition as some of their contemporaries such as Pink Floyd, Yes or ELP but their unique music still stood out as worthy competitors. And still does today.

By 1977…

Do Not Panic

Hawkwind is not a band I play often. It’s music that takes no prisoners. You have to be in the right mood. Er.. the right space. But when you are…

It was on my seventeenth birthday, I broke my space rock virginity by going to the record department of…

A book that changed my life

The book was first published in 1971. I bought the paperback edition around 1974 and took it with me during my voluntary work in Birmingham and subsequent hitch-hiking travels across Europe, to spend the summer of 75 in Greece. As many kids during their rites of passage, I was fascinated…

Not a tale of Andy Warhol’s Velvet Underground but twice as scuzzy.

It all started with the Bert Weedon’s Play in a Day book. I turned over its hallowed pages and saw my stairway to heaven. The days of playing triangle were over. This was my way (fuck off, Sinatra)to the stars -a rock star. Of course, Bert had lied. The book…

Dream Theater’s Magnum Opus

When it comes to progressive metal there is no band bigger than the American, Dream Theater. Through the nineties Dream Theater had been slowly building a fan base and a reputation for virtuoso playing and innovative musical composition, following their break out album, Images and Words. Yet by 1997 due…

Those who seek power are generally the most corruptible

Power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely

So the adage goes. And those who seek power, however petty the position may be, are generally those more likely to be seduced by its trappings and, therefore, more vulnerable to corruption. Corruption need not necessarily be the large scale stuff, like corporate…

Inspired by research from on-line Old Bailey records

They say Calcraft is new to the job. Only been doing it for two or three years so they say. Used to sell pies to the crowd before that. I hope he’s a quick learner. Just a short dance will do nicely before meeting me maker. I fancies it depends…

My first adventure in Black Sabbath

As a school kid I was more than aware of Black Sabbath. Paranoid was one of the few discs I would deign to dance to at the school disco: throwing my greasy long hair around and freaking out in a manner that required me to walk with my head sagged…

Genesis at their best

Nursery Cryme, Foxtrot, Selling England by the Pound, and all the way through to Wind and Wuthering are all vintage Genesis. It is hard to choose the one that stands out above the rest. They all have a special resonance with me.

Even after Peter Gabriel left after The Lamb…

Nigelleaney

Recently retired and completed MA in creative writing. Trying for the writer’s life with no more excuses about the day job.

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