This Beatles classic is not as innocent or simple as it first appears

The author on a pilgrimage to Liverpool on the street immortalised by the Beatles. Photo by Mrs Markham.

English working-class sexual expressions and culture

Travel. Travel Memories. Travel Writing Prompt.

My favourite London memories you won’t find in travel guides

Regents Canal East London
Regents Canal East London
Regents Canal at Victoria Park in East London. Photo by Alex Markham.

The Lost Villages and Towns


Bruce is the main man in the UK too so why not?

From Wiki Commons by Stian Schløsser Møller
  • Springsteen’s last eight albums, excepting The Seeger Sessions, reached number 1 in the UK charts. His latest, Letter to You, went straight to number 1, outselling the combined sales of the next five albums in the charts. We love him here.
  • On his Wrecking Ball 2012/2013 world tour…


What do you do if your sibling or parent is a music superstar?

Image by Albrecht Fietz from Pixabay

Mick Jagger’s brother


William Morris was always home at 6 pm on Mondays. It was now 6.15. There had been no call. That was not like William. He always called.

Photo by Jay Clark on Unsplash


You’ve got to be a damn good guitarist for your name to go into the dictionary

A red-bodied Fender Stratocaster. Image by JaniSnellman from Pixabay

Will the real Hank Marvin please stand up and play?


cd cover of the small faces
cd cover of the small faces
Photo by the author

We are the Mods


If these 8 Springsteen songs about cars, running free and working in factories are not unromantic, nothing is

Image by Antonio Cansino from Pixabay
  1. My guitar
  2. Football — winter, cricket — summer
  3. Good live band in town?
  4. Did I have a song to work on?
  5. Band practise
  6. Girlfriends
  7. My job


Macca wrote some of the greatest pop songs ever. He also wrote a few of the worst

Image by Darkmoon_Art from Pixabay


You may never have realised these vintage hits were not the originals

Photo by Ivan Dorofeev on Unsplash

1. Without You — Harry Nilsson 1971, Mariah Carey 1994

Alex Markham

Fiction and nonfiction, often with a touch of humour. Top writer in music. Also, travel, language and other topics.

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