Me ears are alight —



— because people have been saying nice things about me. (Apparently I’m mentioned somewhere in Penguin Classic by Morrissey, but we’ll refrain from going there, thankee kindly.)

More to the point, I was recently sent an advance copy of Colin Harper’s new biography of legendary guitar person John McLaughlin, Bathed In Lightning, to be published by Jawbone in early 2014. Opening it up, the first piece of text I encountered was a paragraph describing a 1975 performance by Mahavishnu Orchestra extracted from an ancient NME feature … and that a phrase from said feature inspired the title of the book.

Needless to say, yr correspondent is deeply honoured that something he wrote in a hurry almost forty years ago, possibly whilst chemically assisted, and which the author had totally forgotten, should have caught a particular moment to the extent that it could resurface after so much time has passed. Also needless to say, Mr Harper’s book is thoroughly recommended: not only for the author’s wonderful taste in hip epigraphs, but for his evocation of the ’60s worlds of British jazz and the contemporary session scene and his unravelling of the mystic manner in which his subject, a man never renowned for being a ‘big character’ (like Miles, Moon or Lord Keef), somehow makes such Big Music.

Plus: an interview I did way back in the summer (boy, do I remember summer!) over a most congenial and sunny-in-all-conceivable-ways pub-garden afternoon with Dave Lewis for his Led Zeppelin magazine Tight But Loose crops up in their latest fab ish. Dave tells me that (a) at 9000 words, it’s the longest interview TBL has ever published, and (b) that I’m the only rockjournotype ever namechecked onstage by Mr Plant during two separate and distinct Zep concerts.

And just the other night, while flicking through channels at some obscenely early hour of the morn (as one does) , I found myself in the living room staring at myself on BBC4 attempting to pontificate authoritatively about something or other.

My persona seems to have gotten loose and is out there having fun. If you see it, send it on home to me … yeah!