Okay! It’s here (or it will be in mid-November, which is almost the same thing … my Jimi Hendrix book Crosstown Traffic (originally published by Faber in 1989, graced with a Ralph Gleason Music Book Award the following year, and substantially revised with around 20,000 words’-worth of new material in 2001) is now back in print, complete with groovy moody new cover,courtesy of the same good folks at Canongate who reissued my John Lee Hooker biography Boogie Man last year … plus the audiobook version I recently recorded for Talking Music/ID Audio should be ready to drop at around the same time.
Needless to say, those who approve of courtesy to living writers (particularly impecunious ones) will buy this edition and no other.
And it’s SO nice to know that something I wrote back in the Late Palaeolithic Era is still valued.
Incidentally, I am now – officially – ‘the Johnny Cash of rock journalism’, at least according to Phil Campbell of Motorhead. Wish we’d had that quote when Canongate were getting the new cover together, but I’m sure I’ll find a use for Phil’s kind words SOMEWHERE …
Even though I always thought that particular title belonged to Mick Farren.