Author Archives: Dick Jones

About Dick Jones

I'm a post-retirement Drama teacher, currently working a full timetable. I have a grown-up son and daughter, two grandchildren and three young children from my second marriage. I write - principally poetry but prose too, both fitfully published. My poetry collection Ancient Lights is published by Phoenicia Publishing (www.phoeniciapublishing.com) and my translation of Blaise Cendrars' 'Trans-Siberian Prosody and Little Jeanne from France' is published by Old Stile Press (www.oldstilepress.com). I play bass guitar & bouzouki in the song-based acoustic/electric trio Moorby Jones, playing entirely original material (https://www.facebook.com/moorbyjones?ref=aymt_homepage_panel + http://www.moorbyjones.net/). I have a dormant blog with posts going back to 2004 at Dick Jones' Patteran Pages - http://patteran.typepad.com - and I'm a radio ham. My callsign is G0 EUV.

TO HAVE AND HAVE NOT… When the muse goes west.

I wrote my first poem at the age of 15. It was a war poem depicting my experiences in the trenches during the first Battle of the Somme. Or, to be more accurate, distilling the experiences of a range of … Continue reading

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HOLD THE FRONT PAGE!

Updates to Dick Jones, the Basement Tapes are suspended until I can access the files currently trapped within my old, now buggered iMac. Back soon…

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MORE BASEMENT TAPES UPCOMING!

The relentless pursuit of musical immortality through the ’70s and ’80s continues shortly…

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DICK JONES, THE BASEMENT TAPES 5. Big Sur/Tintagel 2

The band that emerged from the dismembering of the Drama Band we called Big Sur, named after the wild coastal region of Central California redolent of Henry Miller and Jack Kerouac and the wide-open spaces of our shared sense of … Continue reading

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DICK JONES – THE BASEMENT TAPES 4. The Drama Band.

With the gravity of a distinct sense of identity, purpose and direction diffused, the component parts of Tintagel simply floated away into space, leaving nothing behind but vivid memories and an undischarged hire purchase agreement. Whilst the resultant free floating … Continue reading

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DICK JONES – THE BASEMENT TAPES 3. Tintagel

We entered 1968 with just Pete, drummer Phil Burroughs and myself as original Nervous System members. From the many sides of typing paper onto which we all wrote our choices of names, we selected ‘Tintagel’. Redolent of the Celtic Twilight/Albion … Continue reading

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DICK JONES – THE BASEMENT TAPES 2. The Nervous System

L. to R. Martin Fry, Dave French, Martin Fieldhouse, DJ, Pete Currie. 2. THE NERVOUS SYSTEM By the end of 1966 the demob suits suddenly began to smell of mothballs, the starched collars chafed and the music now sounded scratchy … Continue reading

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