Sir Peter and St George

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What a dreadful year for musical loss. Still not three months old and some serious bereavements, whether you love or loathe the legacies, or lives, of David Bowie, George Martin, Keith Emerson and now Peter Maxwell Davies. The last of these, although the only one to have nothing to do with pop music, was arguably the most controversial. I never …

Meeting David Bowie

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People always said that when they saw David Bowie, they never knew exactly who, or what they were going to get. That’s not surprising, considering the man was a professional chameleon; a brilliant one at that, always fully committed to whatever incarnation he was inhabiting at the time; Ziggy Stardust, Thin White Duke, Tin Machinist, Neoclassicist and so on. And …

From Judas to Jesus? Bob Dylan at the Royal Albert Hall.

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Next year will be the 50th anniversary of Bob Dylan’s infamous Manchester concert at which one member of the audience, enraged by the presence of the singer’s hugely amplified band, stood up and yelled: “Judas!” Surely it is now only a matter of time before someone calls out: “Jesus!” from the stalls. Alan Franks was a journalist on The Times …

Welcome to Alan’s new website

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Hi, thank you for taking the time to check out this page. This is a website to showcase the work of Alan Franks, a writer and musician. Alan has a new book coming out soon, The Adventures of Wendy Howard-Watt. This is a comic novel about a female newspaper journalist who specialises in interviewing celebrities. His last novel, The Notes of …