Under the influence

A while ago I received an email from Arthur Renwick, a north east guitarist who played in local bands in the late fifties and early sixties. Arthur reminded me that…

One For The Road(ies)

I finally got around to reading ‘Rock Roadie’ by Tappy Wright (mentioned in my earlier blog – Who Killed Jimi Hendrix?). There’s some interesting ‘insider’ stuff in there about the…

Old friends and sunny days

It’s always good to hear from north east musicians who were active during the sixties and seventies, in particular those I played with in bands or shared the stage with…

All Mod Cons

From 2005 to 2010 I played saxophone and keys in a mod themed tribute band called Carnaby Street. Unlike the two people who formed the band, I wasn’t in Carnaby…

For the record

Back in the early to mid sixties, the opportunities for a north east band to become known on a national level were quite limited. The usual route for a band…

Positive negatives

I recently came across a strip of negatives that hadn’t seen the light of day for over forty years. The images on the negatives were of one of my old…

It was our life

If you’ve stumbled upon Ready Steady Gone via Google and you’ve got as far as this page, there’s a strong probability that you’ve got more than just a passing interest…

Friends Reunited

After moving away from the North East in 1973 I gradually lost contact with the people I played alongside in bands in the late sixties and early seventies. Now, thanks…

Who killed Jimi Hendrix?

Many people have tried to piece together the events in Jimi Hendrix’s life on 17th September and the early hours of 18th September 1970, the period leading up to the…

Sex, Drugs & Rock ‘n Roll

There’s lots of sex, drugs and rock ‘n roll in the autobiography of Geoff Docherty about his life as a promoter in the late sixties and seventies. And quite a…