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I am currently living in Lancaster with my wife and our cat Rosie. I have just published a book about some of the rock concerts I went to between 1981 and 1999 in the UK.
Up until March this year I was a volunteer presenter on Diversity 103.5FM but sadly the station was shut down. So now I am broadcasting on the internet station Acoustic Spectrum and I upload the shows to Mixcloud - see the links on my web site.
I'm also a musician and have got some songs on Soundcloud. They're mainly covers but there are a few original compositions too.
on July 22, 2012 :
Writing this is somewhat tricky as I have to try and remain objective as Colin is a good buddy and it could appear that I'm being biased. So here is my attempt at being objective.
Its' clear that Colin is a music fan who adores music no matter the genre. He doesn't give 2 hoots about whether its' trendy or hip. So what you get is a large variety of music ranging from the likes of The Manic Street Preachers, The Stranglers and Jane's Addiction to Elton John, Queen and Thin Lizzy.
Colin has a remarkable memory, I barely remember what I had for breakfast yesterday. How he manages with a fair degree of accuracy to pinpoint what row he was sitting in at The Stranglers in 1983 is beyond me. The gigs have a roughly chronological sequence, starting with the first gig Sky in '81 all the way to Hugh Cornwell in 2000. All this is interspersed with what Colin was doing in his life at the time, which gives it an added personal touch.
The book is written in a down to earth style that eschews the pretentious philosophical musings of your average rock scribe ala Paul Morley, Greil Marcus et al. He doesn't treat each and every gig as some sort of grandiose statement on the condition of man. That's what makes this book so relatable, you feel like you're actually there. At least I did. All in all I would say this is a very well researched and interesting first novel by the delightful young Mr Bertram.
(reviewed the day of purchase)