Monday, 30 November 2015

#CyberMonday Special Offer on the Rock'n'Roll London Comic Book!

The download version of the Rock'n'Roll London Comic Book WAS £2… 

…it's NOW 99P

Download the Pink Floyd issue here: tinyurl.com/floyd99p

And The Who issue here: tinyurl.com/thewho99p





Thursday, 26 November 2015

Is It A Bird? A Plane? A Pig? Or Is It A Big… Oops!

The Rock'n'Roll London Comic Book: A most unfortunate first draft from issue one, starring Pink Floyd, in which the pig flying over Battersea Power Station has a rather unfortunate resemblance to…

















You can join the Rock'n'Roll London Tour with London Walks every Friday at 2:00p.m. There's no need to book. The Rock'n'Roll London Tour costs £10 (£8 concession).


The Rock'n'Roll London Comic Book is available at The London Bookstore online. Click HERE for the print version & HERE for the download version.

Wednesday, 25 November 2015

Don't Forget Your Free Download of the Rock'n'Roll London Comic Book

As the Rock'n'Roll London Pub Walk kicks off at Tottenham Court Road, don't forget that you can help yourself to a free six-page sampler of the Rock'n'Roll London Comic Book from the London Bookstore Online…







Click HERE to download your free sample of issue one


Click HERE to download your free sample of issue two






You can join the Rock'n'Roll London Tour with London Walks every Friday at 2:00p.m. There's no need to book. The Rock'n'Roll London Tour costs £10 (£8 concession).


The Rock'n'Roll London Comic Book is available at The London Bookstore online. Click HERE for the print version & HERE for the download version.

All Gone To Look For #America… In #London #HappyThanksgiving #Thanksgiving #PaulSimon

For those of you who are joining us tonight on the Rock'n'Roll London Pub Walk (7pm Tottenham Court Road Station), we're doing a Thanksgiving Special, putting American acts centre stage to welcome our friends from the U.S at this special time of year.

Paul Simon is just one of the stars of the show…



The Paul Simon Songbook
(Columbia 1965)



This London classic was deleted for a number of years, but is now happily available again on CD and download.

Not that such matters troubled us – as you can see, our vinyl copy is still going strong (pic, above).

Recorded at Levy’s Recording Studio at 73 Bond Street right here in London, the album is a relic of Simon’s London exile in the 60's. The girl in the sleeve picture is Simon’s then girlfriend Kathy Chitty, a native of Essex. Her name crops up twice in later Simon and Garfunkel songs, namely songs Kathy’s Song and America.




Happy Thanksgiving! We look forward to welcoming you on the Rock'n'Roll Pub Walk tonight.





You can join The Rock'n'Roll London Pub walk tonight at 7pm or Rock'n'Roll London Tour with London Walks every Friday at 2:00p.m. There's no need to book. The Rock'n'Roll London Tour costs £10 (£8 concession).


The Rock'n'Roll London Comic Book is available at The London Bookstore online. Click HERE for the print version & HERE for the download version.


Full Moon Fever: Rock'n'Roll #London #Pub Walk Tonight

Commemorating: Keith Moon & the Marquee Club
Street: Wardour Street
Postcode: W1
Borough: Westminster


When the words “rock'n'roll excess” are being bandied about, nine-times-out-of-ten the man who set the hotel room-trashing, hard-drinking benchmark was the drummer of The Who, Keith Moon.


You won’t have to wait around too long in London to find someone of the opinion that such bad behaviour is hardly plaque-worthy. But as we get on for half-a-century since the so-called Swinging Sixties, more and more of that generation’s famous sons and daughters are being commemorated.


Moon remains one of the most respected drummers of the era, driving The Who’s singles, albums and rock operas from 1963 to 1978. The plaque also commemorates The Marquee, one of the leading Soho music venues from the 1960s to the 1980s. The club gave a stage to the leading lights of both the 60s R&B boom (The Stones, The Moody Blues) and the Punk Movement (The Stranglers, Generation X). 

The Wardour Street club closed in 1988. It outlasted Moon by a decade. Keith Moon died in 1978 at the age of 32. His other London plaque can be found in the Garden of Remembrance at Golders Green Crematorium.

Join us tonight on the Rock'n'Roll London Pub Walk – meet at Tottenham Court Road station at 7pm. Here's the trailer…










You can join the Rock'n'Roll London Tour with London Walks every Friday at 2:00p.m. There's no need to book. The Rock'n'Roll London Tour costs £10 (£8 concession).


The Rock'n'Roll London Comic Book is available at The London Bookstore online. Click HERE for the print version & HERE for the download version.




Tuesday, 24 November 2015

Making the Rock'n'Roll London Comic Book

The guided tour with its own dedicated comic book now offers a guided tour of the sketchbooks that made the comic book… phew!





You can but the Rock'n'Roll London Comic Book online at The London Bookstore HERE.


Last postage dates for Xmas orders…


Monday, 23 November 2015

First Sketches for Issue 3 of the Rock'n'Roll London Comic Book Starring David Bowie

As shared on Twitter yesterday the first rough sketches for issue 3 of the Rock'n'Roll London Comic Book starring DAVID BOWIE.

 1964 to '71 here. The starting point is, of course, those eyes & cheekbones – it's a fecund period hairdo-wise so if I can establish a "template" for those famous two-colour peepers, then I can fit the fireworks display of his ever-changing barnets around it and retain his essential Bowie-ness from drawing-to-drawing.





Issue 1 (starring Pink Floyd) and Issue 2 (starring The Who) of the Rock'n'Roll London Comic Book are available online at the London Bookstore (click HERE) in print and download. There are also FREE 6-page try-before-you-buy samplers for download – free Pink Floyd download HERE and free The Who download HERE.

Monday, 16 November 2015

Rock'n'Roll London Comic Book – Guaranteed Delivery By Christmas

If you're planning to buy the Rock'n'Roll London Comic Book as a Christmas gift, make sure to order before the following dates…




2nd December Africa, Middle East

5th December Asia, Cyprus, Far East, Japan, Eastern Europe (ex. Poland, Czech Republic and Slovakia

6th December Caribbean, Central & South America

8th December Greece, Australia, New Zealand

12th December Czech Republic, Germany, Italy, Poland

13th December Canada, Finland, Sweden, USA

14th December Austria, Iceland, Ireland, Portugal, Spain

15th December France

16th December Belgium, Denmark, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, Slovakia, Switzerland


19th December  United Kingdom


You can shop online for the Rock'n'Roll London Comic Book at The London Bookstore (CLICK HERE)

Wednesday, 28 October 2015

Special Offer! The Rock'n'Roll London Comic Book Two Issues For £5!

Save almost 40% when you buy the print version of the Rock'n'Roll London Comic Book online until the 10th November 2015.


This special offer applies to the print version only.

The download versions can be bought together HERE for £3, a saving of 25% on the usual price.

And there are free download samples (six pages each) of issue 1 starring Pink Floyd and issue 2 starring The Who.


Signed copies can be bought in person from the author on the Rock'n'Roll London Walk at 2pm on Fridays and the Rock'n'Roll London Pub walk every Wednesday at 7pm. Both tours meet at Tottenham Court Road station.




Thursday, 8 October 2015

The Rock'n'Roll London Comic Book Issue Two Nearly There!

At last! A little later than planned, issue two of the Rock'n'Roll London Comic Book is at the proof stage!

Here I am leafing through the proofs and trying to look like Richard Hawley





In the meantime, don't forget that there's already a free download sample available of Issue Two, starring The Who – a six-page try-before-you-buy taster – click HERE to download for FREE.







Wednesday, 12 August 2015

Thanks! We Made It!



To all the lovely people who helped me out… we MADE IT! The Rock'n'Roll London Comic Book has been Crowdfunded (and a little bit more!) and is now guaranteed to go to 3 issues by the end of 2015! Thanks to EVERYONE who joined in with donations, shares and kind words! 



Tuesday, 4 August 2015

Rock'n'Roll London Comic Issue 2 Free Sample Download Out Now!

Help yourself to a try-before-you-buy 6 page sampler of The Rock'n'Roll London Comic Book issue 2!



Visit The London Book & Walking Tour Shop online to download!


Your order will be fulfilled by SendOwl.


Issue 1, starring Pink Floyd is still available. Click HERE for more info

Thanks!

Thanks to EVERYONE who helped! the Rock'n'Roll London Comic Book has been Crowd Funded!


Thursday, 30 July 2015

14 Days Left… Two Weeks to Raise £69!

Huge thanks to everyone who has helped out so far with the Rock'n'Roll London Comic Book crowd funding campaign!





Issue No.2 is almost one-third completed and it's looking good for the print version – and that's thanks to YOUR generosity.




Wednesday, 29 July 2015

More Readers & Reviews For the Rock'n'Roll London Comic

Delighted to welcome MORE readers, this week from South London, West London and Kent. Thanks for reading the Rock'n'Roll London Comic Book issue 1!


This week's review comes from Andy L in London, who says (via Facebook)…



"A thing of beauty".



Cheers Andy!



The Crowd Funding campaign to print issues 2 & 3 is currently 74% complete. Almost there! Thanks everyone :)

AND I'm almost ready with the six-page free download sample for Issue Two starring the Who. Here's the scene on my desktop this morning…




Help yourself to a free 6-page sample of Issue One (starring Pink Floyd) HERE.

Buy the full 20-page version of Issue 1 in print or download here (or from Adam on the Rock'n'Roll London Walk next week).

You can help out with the Crowd Funding Campaign HERE.







Monday, 27 July 2015

Thanks to the Lead Guitarists

HUGE thanks to those six amazing folks who have become my LEAD GUITARISTS!




Lead Guitarist is the the reward category for those who have donated £20 or more to my Crowdfunder for The Rock'n'Roll London Comic Book Fanzine.

As of today I'm 70% of the way to raising my total of £240 to print issues 2 & 3!


For a full list of the rewards available visit: www.crowdfunder.co.uk/rocknroll-london-comic-book-fanzine.

To download a free 8-page comic book-style breakdown of the campaign & the rewards CLICK HERE.


Monday, 20 July 2015

Last Orders For Pie & Mash Quadrophenia Style

It is with great sadness that we report the closure of a Rock'n'Roll London legend. Cooke's Pie & Mash shop at 48 Goldhawk Road will close its doors for the last time this week.

Cooke's is the Pie & Mash shop featured in the movie of The Who's Quadrophenia…






I visited the other week and tucked into a single pie and mash. It was blindin'.





The last day at their famous Goldhawk Road home is 25th July… 






And here's the announcement in the window… 







Cooke's will continue to trade online. Keep in touch with them here: www.cookespieandmash.com



Wednesday, 15 July 2015

Monday, 13 July 2015

Crowdfunding the Rock'n'Roll London Comic Book Fanzine – Coming Soon!

The Rock'n'Roll London Comic Book Fanzine is out there! We've now got readers in London, Edinburgh, College Station Texas and Acton Massachusetts! 

You can download the comic HERE or buy the print version HERE.

AND we're launching a crowdfunding campaign soon – more details as we have 'em!




In the meantime we look forward to welcoming you on the Rock'n'Roll London walk with London walks® every Wednesday at 7:00p.m and every Friday at 2:00p.m

Tuesday, 7 July 2015

Drawing Syd for the Rock'n'Roll London Comic Book Fanzine

Drawing Syd

The thing that struck me while making the first issue of the Rock'n'Roll London Comic Book Fanzine starring Pink Floyd is the disproportionate relationship between the months of Syd Barrett's broader fame with The Floyd and the longevity of his legend.

Floyd's first single Arnold Layne came out in March 1967 and Syd parted company with the band in January 1968…


The starting point for my drawing of Syd was a famous legend – almost everything about Syd is shrouded in legend. It is said that after prolonged LSD use there came a deadening of his once lively eyes.


This was the first sketch…


From here I pinched from Steve Bell.

Bell's cartoons of Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher in the 80s developed over time to feature a single mad eye, signifying the cartoonist's deep-held belief that the PM was insane. Bell later transferred this technique on to Prime Minister Tony Blair.



For Syd, rather than an eye shining with insanity I substituted a spirally eye, a psychedelic eye – only one to suggest that the young Syd of '67 still had one foot in reality. Here he is in the sketchbook smoking with Paul McCartney at UFO…




… and here's how the sketch ended up in the finished comic.



Don't forget to help yourself to a free 6-page download of the Comic Book Fanzine HERE.


 Buy the full 20-page print or download version HERE.


Wednesday, 1 July 2015

The Latest Review for The Rock'n'Roll London Comic Book Fanzine

Thanks to Rock'n'Roll London Comic Book Fanzine Reader John Davidson in Ireland for this review (as posted to Facebook the other day)…



Thanks John!



The Rock'n'Roll London Walk with London Walks takes place every Friday at 2:00pm meeting at Tottenham Court Road Station.

There's no need to book – the walking tour costs £10 per person with £8 for concessions.









Tuesday, 30 June 2015

Five Piece Floyd

Outside Rock'n'Roll London – Five Piece Floyd in Hastings…


For a brief period in early '68, Pink Floyd existed uneasily as a five-piece with David Gilmour playing alongside the ailing Syd Barrett. 

Here's a page from the sketchbook for The Rock'n'Roll London Comic Book Fanzine featuring the rare five-piece Floyd…




Syd Barrett played his last gig with Pink Floyd in Hastings, at the Pavilion Ballroom on Hastings Pier. The date was the 20th January 1968.

Over the years the Pavilion Ballroom has also played host to Hendrix, the Rolling Stones and The Who (the next stars of our Rock'n'Roll London Comic Book Fanzine).



Like so many Syd Barrett shrines (most notably the famous UFO club and his West End flat by Cambridge Circus here in London), Hastings Pier is (at time of writing) closed. A fire in 2010 rendered the structure unsafe.


To get to Hastings from London, catch a train from Waterloo East – it takes about an hour-and-three-quarters to get there, and here's a map to Hastings pier…




Hastings has its own rock'n'roll connections – notably Karl Ferris, the photographer responsible for the shot on what is widely regarded to be the first psychedelic album sleeve. Here it is, posing on my 1965 Dansette Viva…




Seems odd now that back in June '67 the hitherto tame and obedient Hollies should have pipped the Floyd by some two months for the first psychedelic sleeve.

Karl Ferris also worked with Hendrix and Donovan. 

The Southern Trains website is HERE.

The Southeastern Trains website is HERE.


The Rock'n'Roll London Walk with London Walks takes place every Friday at 2:00pm meeting at Tottenham Court Road Station.

There's no need to book – the walking tour costs £10 per person with £8 for concessions.












Saturday, 27 June 2015

Have A Great Day at #Pride2015

Spotted this in an Old Compton Street window yesterday on the way home from leading the Rock'n'Roll London Walk…



Have a great Pride 2015!



Tuesday, 23 June 2015

Pink Floyd, Giles Gilbert Scott, Joseph Bazalgette & The Abbey Road Mystery

It is arguably Pink Floyd's most famous album sleeve…



Released in 1977, Animals features Battersea Power Station (designed by, among others, Sir Giles Gilbert Scott) and a giant pig flying between its famous chimneys. The sleeve design and concept is credited to Floyd's Roger Waters with the shoot executed and shot by the famous Hipgnosis design team.

Shot being the operative word.


The inflatable pic – 30 feet in length – was filled with helium and a marksman was employed to bring the thing down with a bullet if it broke free of its moorings. Unfortunately, inclement weather halted the photoshoot and work was postponed until the next day… the marksman, alas, had only been booked for the first day.


Most have you have seen it coming by now.


The pig – known as Algie – broke free and was out of sight within five minutes (that's literally out of sight, rather than, "Like, outta sight man") eventually landing in a field in Kent, having disrupted flights out of London airports on the way.

It's not the only architectural relic of London's past associated with Pink Floyd. In March 1968 they filmed at Abbey Mills Pumping Station (designed by Sir Joseph Bazalgette) in deepest East London. Producer Tony Palmer (who went on to make the monumental All You Need Is Love documentary series on popular music with contributions from, among others, Charles Chilton) captured a performance of post-Syd Barrett Pink Floyd doing Set The Controls For The Heart Of The Sun.




The old Abbey Mills Pumping Station is but a hop, skip and jump from London's most confusing station: Abbey Road. No not THAT Abbey Road, that's why it's confusing.

So if you DO end up at Abbey Road on the DLR, and not St John's Wood on the Jubilee Line for Abbey Road Studios (where Pink Floyd recorded their albums up to, but not including Animals), then all is not lost! At least there's a flake of Rock'n'Roll London history quite nearby.







Here’s our Rock’n’Roll London video…




Thanks to The Daily Constitutional, where this post first appeared. 




Monday, 22 June 2015

Rock'n'Roll Comic Book Fanzine – The Latest


Rock'n'Roll London Comic Book Fanzine Latest: The first online sales in digital format have been joined by the first few copies of the print version! 


And the first few reader comments are in too. Thanks to D. Ruston for the following:



Love it! Fantastic, give me more!!




On the case D. Ruston! Work is progressing on Issue 2 starring The Who. Here's the latest rough draft of the cover for Issue 2…




I'll share some more rough sketches as issue 2 grows. And there's a crowdfunding campaign in the pipeline with some excellent (if I say so meself) rewards, including the opportunity to pick the stars of a whole issue! You name 'em, I'll draw'n'write 'em! More details on that soon. In the meantime…




Try before you buy: FREE six-page sample for download.



The Rock'n'Roll London Comic Book fanzine will be available for sale on the Rock'n'Roll London walk this Friday! 2pm at Tottenham Court Road station – there's no need to book! Full details at www.walks.com.