TELEVISION: Many television credits include the recent Soul Britannia series for BBC4 (as well as an appearance alongside the likes of Paul Weller, Elton John, Tom Jones and the like I was also responsible for much of the research), BBC1s Inside Out, Oh You Pretty Things ITV3, BBC1 Rock Under Review, Sky Ones Vinyl Frontier, Rock Routes (ITV), The Other Side, PP Arnold special (BBC2), When Pop Ruled My Life (BBC4). Radio credits too numerous to mention. Currently working on a Youth Culture documentary with Melvyn Bragg for Sky Arts TV.
RECORD COMPANY: Wapping Wharf Records was set up by myself and ex-NMC record boss Carlton Sandercock in 2004 in conjunction with the late Steve Marriott’s estate as a tribute label to the great man himself and since then many CDs and DVDs have been issued worldwide including the best selling Rainy Changes album.
PUBLICATIONS: Original 60s mod around town, I was born in Romford, Essex and spent my formative years playing drums in various bands in and around East London but it was with my writing that I found my niche not only as editor of the worldwide respected Small Faces (and related) magazine Darlings Of Wapping Wharf Launderette, which goes out worldwide to 5000 readers, but also as a free-lance writer with major music monthlies such as Mojo, Uncut, Loaded and Record Collector. My works also appear on numerous CDs/DVDs for all the major record companies. The first Small Faces book was back in 1996 and was a collaboration with Terry Rawlings and Keith Badman called “Quite Naturally” but my biggest triumph in this field is the Steve Marriott biography “All Too Beautiful” co-written with Paolo Hewitt and published in 2004 by Helter Skelter books. A labour of love, 77 interviews and three years graft but something I’m very proud of. A third edition of this highly acclaimed book will be available later this year. A third book co-written with friend Paul Weller entitled “Here Come The Nice” was published in late 2005 and spent many months in the Music book best sellers. Two more books in the pipeline are a Ronnie Lane biography (still in research stage) and a biography about original Who manager Pete Meadon.
PROMOTIONS: On the Promotions side my biggest venture to date was the very successful, sell-out Ronnie Lane Memorial Concert at the prestigious Royal Albert Hall in London in April 2004. I promoted and compered the show in front of 5500 fans. The show, entitled “One For The Road” featured many of Rock and Rolls premier league and included amongst others Pete Townshend, Ronnie Wood, Paul Weller and Ocean Colour Scene. Other promotions include a sell-out show in 2001 at the London Astoria in memory of Steve Marriott, ex Small Face, who had died in a house fire some ten years earlier (to the day). This concert once again featured Rock’s finest including Noel Gallagher, Paul Weller, Peter Frampton, Small Faces Kenney and Mac, Midge Ure and many, many more. Add to this annual Small Faces Conventions now held at 229 The Venue in Central London in which fans travel from literally the world over and annual Christmas Mod Balls in London featuring high profile bands.