Writing is a habit that, once formed, cannot easily be broken. If, as the famous lexicographer, Samuel Johnson, reportedly said, "No man but a blockhead ever wrote, except for money," then I am prepared to stand confessed as a blockhead many times over, for I have chosen to spend most of my years regularly engaged in the stubborn practice of putting words together, nearly always in hellbent defiance of Samuel Johnson's opinion, as evidenced by the varied examples to be found here.

I was born in Warrington, Cheshire, England, and grew up in California, in a suburb near San Francisco. I currently live with my wife, Angela, in Beaverton, Oregon. I am a writer of fiction and nonfiction, a pacifist, and a socialist, strongly committed to the principle of nonviolence and the furtherance of human rights (particularly as regards the fundamental right of free expression), with a deep interest in music, films, art, and photography.

Over a period of decades, I have written a novel, short stories, essays, articles, and skits. One of my essays, celebrating the 50th anniversary of The Rolling Stones, was featured in That Devil Music: Best Rock Writing 2014.

My own remembrances of the KFRC Fantasy Fair and Magic Mountain Music Festival, which happened in June, 1967, are included among the firsthand observations in this article from Rolling Stone.

I serve as General Editor/Chief Writer for two websites:

Brit Rock by the Bay features photographs and memories of performances by British musicians (George Harrison, Led Zeppelin, Elton John, Eric Clapton, John Entwistle, The Faces, Traffic, Free, Humble Pie, Savoy Brown, Robin Trower, Mott the Hoople, Slade, Fairport Convention, Dave Mason, Peter Frampton, Uriah Heep, Yes, Genesis, Electric Light Orchestra, and others) in San Francisco and nearby cities during the 1970s.

The Clay Geerdes Archives highlights the lifework of Clay Geerdes (1934-1997), a photographer and journalist who chronicled the people (activists, actors, musicians, cartoonists, writers) and the activities (protests, performances, gatherings) of the counterculture in the Bay Area during the 1960s and 1970s.

Many samples of my own untutored attempts at photography (offhand photographs of common objects and passing moments, taken with a digital camera under everyday conditions) can be seen at Wayward Views.