Rough Trip – Paul Durrant Book – story on 1970’s Hastings

rough trip

Paul Durrant – Rough Trip book on Kindle. …In early 70’s Hastings, The Speedboat is a bikers café on the seafront. An adjacent, illegal drinking and gambling club is run by the same owners. Clarkie is a happy-go-lucky wannabe biker, who works at the Speedboat and has already acquired a complicated love life that he wants to simplify. He also needs to get a proper job. Clarkie becomes tangled with gangster twins Eddie and Freddy who frequent the club, as they set up an LSD supply chain to fuel demand from London’s growing hippy culture. Clarkie has unwittingly put café owner Harry in the spotlight as an informer, and unbeknown to Clarkie there is truth behind his made-up story. Clarkie is drawn in deeper when the two women he has relationships with are used to coerce his deeper involvement. Maureen, the biker-girl he longs for and Harry’s wife Stella with whom he’s having an unsolicited fling. Clarkie is catapulted into a terrifying and violent world and gets drawn in deeper and deeper until he’s literally out of his depth.

Ray Davies – Americana – De La Warr Pavilion 2nd March 2014


Ray Davies will be performing a limited amount of intimate venues next year for his new show entitled “Americana:Songs, Stories and Home Movies’. The show will feature Ray with his guitarist, Bill Shanley, as an acoustic duo performing songs featured in his new book, Americana, as well as some classic Kinks tracks. He will also be reading passages from his book, telling stories and showing film footage shot on his 2001 US tour directly after 9-11. This will be the first time Ray has toured the UK as an acoustic duo since his Storyteller shows over ten years ago. Some of the songs will never have been heard live before. His book Americana follows from the Kinks first tour of the US in 1964 up to his time spent in New Orleans 40 years later.

Tuxedos – early photo 1962


supplied by Peter Millington

with Pete Jones (Jonah) (Drums) on far left then Don Climpson (Lead Vocals) Paul Burton (Rhythm) Dobin Groves (Lead Guitar) and Eric Upton (Bass Guitar)

Peter Pursglove….Certainly seen Jonah in a new light Alan he he

Pete Shaw….Pete (Jonah) Jones…an inspirational player to me during those halcyon days…he certainly knew how to make the drums work in a band!! Cheers Pete!!

Joe Knight….wow paul wouldnt have guest it was you!!!


Andre Palfrey-martin collection