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 am a native of the United Kingdom and a onetime inhabitant of
California, now residing in Oregon. I first turned my hand to the craft
of writing as a teenager during the 1960s, with my activities over a period of decades resulting in a
novel, short stories, essays, articles, reviews, and skits.
One of my essays, celebrating the 50th anniversary of The Rolling Stones, is featured in the anthology, That Devil Music: Best Rock Writing 2014.
I also 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
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 pursuits (protests, performances,
gatherings) of the counterculture in the Bay Area during the 1960s and