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September 13, 2019

I'm thrilled and proud to announce that my highly acclaimed book ANNIVERSARY STRAT has been shortlisted in the Self-Published category for the British Book Design and Production Awards. It's one of five books shortlisted - so wish me luck! www.britishbookawards.org

August 13, 2019

I recently enjoyed being interviewed by Lars Mullen and filmed by Mike Berry for the Britain's Rare Guitars programme.

Please come along to the Britain's Rare Guitars Show at Wigan in the UK on 7th September 2019 and say "Hi."  I'll have a couple of guitars from the book with me, and I'll also be signing some books there, as well as speaking about my experiences of researching, interviewing, and writing the book. 

July 24, 2019

A one-hour interactive multimedia presentation focusing on the highly acclaimed book ANNIVERSARY STRAT will take place at Plymouth Central Library on 10th October 2019. A couple of Fender Stratocaster electric guitars from the book will be on show, and some signed limited first edition books will be available.

Besides covering the background to the project, the author will share some Fender guitar and people tales with the audience (including some fascinating facts about the talented ma...

June 11, 2019

OK it could be the ideal birthday gift for 'her' too of course, if she is interested in guitars, or likes to read stories about talented craftspeople and artisans that make wonderful products.

However, the statistics show more men than women have the hots for books about electric guitars, and that's why my book ANNIVERSARY STRAT is the ideal birthday present for guys like that. Naturally ANNIVERSARY STRAT is also the perfect Christmas or Father's Day gift, and as it can be personalized wi...

June 1, 2019

It's now a month since ANNIVERSARY STRAT was released, and in that time limited edition copies of the book have shipped literally all over the world. About 10% of the limited run of 1,954 books have found homes with very satisfied readers in just a few weeks, and I'm delighted and somewhat humbled by all the wonderful comments and glowing reviews of my work.

All I can say to everyone who has purchased a copy of the book and to those who have referred to it as a masterpiece, is thank you s...

March 21, 2019

Nearly there! Collected the proof of the cover from the printer today. They can't proof the gold foil for the title, so that will have to wait until the books roll off the press. 🎸 😎 😃 📘

November 28, 2018

Another giant step as all forty-five chapters are now in the DTP software. I have a few sections to edit and I'm waiting for some more photos, but the light is at the end of the tunnel. Can't wait until the New Year! :-) 

November 8, 2018

The last of the 45 chapters of my book ANNIVERSARY STRAT are going into the publishing software. While I can't guarantee to meet the January 2019 deadline I set myself, I can say the book will be out early in the New Year. It's been a wonderful ride over the last 4 years involving trips to the USA and Japan as well as within the UK, and seeing it all come together now is a real delight. 

I'm also glad to say all the guitar industry folks and others who read the drafts have given the...

July 9, 2018

Abbey Road Studios in London yesterday morning. Did you know a project involving the creation of a certain Fender Anniversary Stratocaster model was set in motion at Abbey Road Studios? It's all in the book, plus there are stories about two of the guitar players we saw at the British Summer Time gig in Hyde Park yesterday afternoon and evening. We enjoyed Gary Clarke Jr., Steve Winwood, Carlos Santana, Eric Clapton and friends. It was a super cool gig on a chingo hot day! Read more about...

April 27, 2018

I have to admit things will go quiet for a while. I'm certainly getting into the huge task of desktop publishing all the material, and it's fun! In the meantime here are some draft pages from Chapter 2. 

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