£20 in Cricklewood

Tony Norman, Kelvin Message, Chris Fisher

£20 in Cricklewood mostly play songs written by Tony Norman on an acoustic guitar he bought at a junk shop in Cricklewood, London, for £20 in the Seventies. Combined ages of Chris Fisher, Kelvin Message and Tony may hover around 200 plus, but working on this collection of 11 original songs they've been like a bunch of fresh-faced teens. Legendary fiddle player Dave Swarbrick features on the band's first single Solstice Moon which
will be released on 15th June, with the album following on 1st July.

Brilliant American songwriter John Sebastian has heard the new album and sent this message to the band.
“ Nice work… you guys are the genuine article.”

London Rock

London 1972: Tony interviews Marc Bolan of T Rex. Photo: Alec Byrne

Tony enjoyed working with his long time friend Alec Byrne on his photographic book, London Rock - The Unseen Archive. The high quality publication features Alec's rare photographs of The Beatles, Stones, Jimi Hendrix, shining a light on a magical era. The book is published in the UK by Virgin Books and in the USA by Insight Editions. 'Alec was one of my best friends back in the late 60's and early 70's,' says Tony. 'I was a rock writer and Alec was one of the best photographers in London. He had a regular gig with the NME and he also circulated his work all over the world. We often covered big gigs together, like Dylan at the Isle of Wight and the Stones in Hyde Park in '69. In the 70's we teamed up for interviews and photo shoots with new stars like Marc Bolan. London Rock features all the best photographs from Al's London archive and I was the Head Writer on this great project!'



The game is over now
The fans long gone
Taking home their memories
Of how you made them smile
With the thrill of it all

Knowing they had seen something special
As you danced through the mud and slashing studs
Future memories drawn on the frosty breath
Of a Winters afternoon

Now some stop at street corners
Stand on soapboxes and preach
About your weakness
About the wicked path that brought you down
As they always knew it would

You saw them long ago in a Bob Dylan song
And knew they’d never taste a single day
As sweet as those you knew so well
When the world was at your feet

And later – when that time was past
You sat and talked to strangers
In endless faceless bars
Wisdom and humour
In your clear blue eyes
Pretty girls still melting
To the warmth of your easy smile

Did they ever look past the mask
To see the truth inside?
Did you care anyway? Probably not
You always knew you’d be alone
Just beyond the reach
Of the ones who loved you

The game is over now
But they’ll remember you Georgie
Running free forever
On the stage you were born to grace

© Tony Norman November 2005