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Alan Clayson - The Moonlight Skater
Alan Clayson - The Moonlight Skater
Published: 2015/12/18
Channel: Alan Clayson
Alan Clayson & The Argonauts "Superman"
Alan Clayson & The Argonauts "Superman"
Published: 2008/01/11
Channel: riversmoon
Johnny Remember Me - Alan Clayson and John Otway
Johnny Remember Me - Alan Clayson and John Otway
Published: 2015/09/20
Channel: Jane Armstrong
Alan Clayson   Sol Nova
Alan Clayson Sol Nova
Published: 2013/01/02
Channel: Treble Clef
01 THIS TIME TOMORROW
01 THIS TIME TOMORROW
Published: 2017/09/29
Channel: Alan Clayson
11 TEENAGE RUNAWAY
11 TEENAGE RUNAWAY
Published: 2017/09/29
Channel: Alan Clayson
Alan Clayson - Long Awaited One
Alan Clayson - Long Awaited One
Published: 2013/01/02
Channel: Treble Clef
03 FAME AND FORTUNE
03 FAME AND FORTUNE
Published: 2017/09/29
Channel: Alan Clayson
Alan Clayson - One Dover Soul - I Hear Voices
Alan Clayson - One Dover Soul - I Hear Voices
Published: 2012/12/21
Channel: Treble Clef
Alan Clayson - One Dover Soul - Forest De Winter Kit-Kat
Alan Clayson - One Dover Soul - Forest De Winter Kit-Kat
Published: 2012/12/21
Channel: Treble Clef
Geronimo
Geronimo
Published: 2017/11/20
Channel: Various Artists - Topic
Pete Feenstra Interviews Alan Clayson 16/6/11
Pete Feenstra Interviews Alan Clayson 16/6/11
Published: 2011/07/01
Channel: Pete Feenstra
04 LONE CLOUD
04 LONE CLOUD
Published: 2017/09/29
Channel: Alan Clayson
ALAN CLAYSON: Perfidia + Derrydown Lane (weapon)
ALAN CLAYSON: Perfidia + Derrydown Lane (weapon)
Published: 2010/10/02
Channel: Peter Rowe
Alan Clayson: Celestial City - 12 Bar Club, 28th March 2012
Alan Clayson: Celestial City - 12 Bar Club, 28th March 2012
Published: 2012/04/17
Channel: FullGlassMan
Alan Clayson: Days in Old Rotterdam - 12 Bar Club, 28th March 2012
Alan Clayson: Days in Old Rotterdam - 12 Bar Club, 28th March 2012
Published: 2012/04/16
Channel: FullGlassMan
ALAN CLAYSON & THE ARGONAUTS
ALAN CLAYSON & THE ARGONAUTS
Published: 2008/01/07
Channel: riversmoon
05 DERRYDOWN LANE
05 DERRYDOWN LANE
Published: 2017/09/29
Channel: Alan Clayson
Alan Clayson - 12 Bar Club, London. 28th March 2012
Alan Clayson - 12 Bar Club, London. 28th March 2012
Published: 2012/03/29
Channel: Suztra12
'Scott's Frank Zappa audition' (Q&A with Scott Thunes - The Roundhouse, 6th Nov 2010
Published: 2010/11/20
Channel: JazzDischarge
02 THE REFUGEES
02 THE REFUGEES
Published: 2017/09/29
Channel: Alan Clayson
JONESFEST: Alan Clayson And The Argonauts (part 1)
JONESFEST: Alan Clayson And The Argonauts (part 1)
Published: 2008/02/26
Channel: Peter Rowe
CLAYSON & THE ARGONAUTS: Moonlight Skater (edit)
CLAYSON & THE ARGONAUTS: Moonlight Skater (edit)
Published: 2009/11/11
Channel: Peter Rowe
Clayson and the Argonauts, Pagan Mercia, Club 85, Hitchin, 21st October 2016
Clayson and the Argonauts, Pagan Mercia, Club 85, Hitchin, 21st October 2016
Published: 2016/10/29
Channel: Nick Parsons
Clayson And The Argonauts - If I lost You - Pagan Mercia
Clayson And The Argonauts - If I lost You - Pagan Mercia
Published: 2016/11/08
Channel: BowkersCat
Clayson and the Argonauts, Encore including
Clayson and the Argonauts, Encore including 'Arnold Layne', Club 85, Hitchin, 21st October 2016
Published: 2016/10/29
Channel: Nick Parsons
Alan Clayson: I Hear Voices
Alan Clayson: I Hear Voices
Published: 2009/07/15
Channel: Peter Rowe
CLAYSON & THE ARGONAUTS: Pagan Mercia
CLAYSON & THE ARGONAUTS: Pagan Mercia
Published: 2009/11/11
Channel: Peter Rowe
Alan Clayson: Perfidia
Alan Clayson: Perfidia
Published: 2009/07/15
Channel: Peter Rowe
Alan Clayson: Rebel Rocker
Alan Clayson: Rebel Rocker
Published: 2009/07/15
Channel: Peter Rowe
Alan Clayson at The Granary
Alan Clayson at The Granary
Published: 2014/07/13
Channel: Peter Rowe
Alan Clayson: AUGGG
Alan Clayson: AUGGG
Published: 2009/07/15
Channel: Peter Rowe
ALAN CLAYSON: The Ham
ALAN CLAYSON: The Ham
Published: 2010/10/03
Channel: Peter Rowe
JONESFEST: Alan Clayson And The Argonauts (part 2)
JONESFEST: Alan Clayson And The Argonauts (part 2)
Published: 2008/02/26
Channel: Peter Rowe
ALAN CLAYSON: Sweeney Todd + Un Grand Sommeil Noir
ALAN CLAYSON: Sweeney Todd + Un Grand Sommeil Noir
Published: 2011/01/07
Channel: Peter Rowe
ALAN CLAYSON: Celestial City
ALAN CLAYSON: Celestial City
Published: 2011/01/09
Channel: Peter Rowe
Alan Clayson - My Death - 12 Bar Club, London. 28th March 2012
Alan Clayson - My Death - 12 Bar Club, London. 28th March 2012
Published: 2012/04/01
Channel: Suztra12
CLAYSON & THE ARGONAUTS: On The Street Where You Live
CLAYSON & THE ARGONAUTS: On The Street Where You Live
Published: 2009/11/11
Channel: Peter Rowe
Clayson & The Argonauts - Young England / The Landlocked Sailor
Clayson & The Argonauts - Young England / The Landlocked Sailor
Published: 2010/01/13
Channel: RevStaplehurst
(1 of 2) Q&A with Scott Thunes & Jeff Simmons - The Roundhouse, 7th Nov 2010
(1 of 2) Q&A with Scott Thunes & Jeff Simmons - The Roundhouse, 7th Nov 2010
Published: 2010/11/28
Channel: JazzDischarge
CLAYSON & THE ARGONAUTS: Arnold Layne
CLAYSON & THE ARGONAUTS: Arnold Layne
Published: 2009/11/11
Channel: Peter Rowe
Otway and Clayson cannot be stopped!
Otway and Clayson cannot be stopped!
Published: 2015/09/20
Channel: Eddie Armstrong
harley shake alan e vivi
harley shake alan e vivi
Published: 2013/03/30
Channel: Alan clayson
Sol Nova
Sol Nova
Published: 2014/11/20
Channel: Alan Clayson & The Argonauts - Topic
Landwaster
Landwaster
Published: 2014/11/20
Channel: Alan Clayson & The Argonauts - Topic
Do The Zoot Bop!
Do The Zoot Bop!
Published: 2014/11/20
Channel: Alan Clayson & The Argonauts - Topic
(2 of 2) Q&A with Scott Thunes & Jeff Simmons - The Roundhouse, 7th Nov 2010
(2 of 2) Q&A with Scott Thunes & Jeff Simmons - The Roundhouse, 7th Nov 2010
Published: 2010/12/09
Channel: JazzDischarge
Run Kalwinder
Run Kalwinder
Published: 2014/11/20
Channel: Alan Clayson & The Argonauts - Topic
Soul Murder
Soul Murder
Published: 2014/11/20
Channel: Alan Clayson & The Argonauts - Topic
15 LANDWASTER
15 LANDWASTER
Published: 2017/09/29
Channel: Alan Clayson
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Alan Clayson (born 3 May 1951, Dover, Kent)[1] is an English singer-songwriter, author and music journalist. He gained popularity in the late 1970s as leader of the band Clayson and the Argonauts.[2] In addition to contributing to publications such as Record Collector, Mojo and Folk Roots, he subsequently established himself as a prolific writer of music biographies.[3] Among his many books are Backbeat, which details the Beatles' early career in Germany, Ringo Starr: Straight Man or Joker?, and biographies of Jacques Brel, the Yardbirds, Serge Gainsbourg and Edgard Varèse.

Career[edit]

As a musician[edit]

According to Clayson, his first band was Ace and the Crescents, which he formed in the mid 1960s with fellow students from "a truly desperate grammar school for boys near Aldershot [in Hampshire]".[4] He recalls visiting the Beatles' Apple Corps headquarters in 1968, in an unsuccessful attempt to have Apple publish his poetry.[5] With beat music, psychedelia, chanson, mediaeval and modern classical among inspirations, he formed Clayson and the Argonauts in the late 1970s.[4] The band received some highly favourable reviews in the UK music press, attaining what Melody Maker termed "a premier position on rock's Lunatic Fringe",[6] yet only achieved minor commercial success in Northern Europe.[4]

Following the disbandment of the Argonauts in 1986,[7] Clayson continued as a recording artist and solo performer. The Village Voice described his act as "more than just a performance; an experience".[6] Since 2011, he has also fronted a stage presentation entitled Clayson Sings Chanson. Clayson's songs have been covered by Dave Berry (in whose backing group Clayson played keyboards in the mid-1980s), Stairway and Jane Relf.[4] He has also worked with the Portsmouth Sinfonia, Wreckless Eric, Jim McCarty, Dick Taylor and Screaming Lord Sutch, among others.[6] Clayson and the Argonauts re-formed in 2005.

As journalist and author[edit]

Having contributed to Schoolkids OZ during his adolescence, Clayson went on to write regularly for a wide range of publications, including Record Collector, Mojo, The Guardian, The Independent, Folk Roots and Mediaeval World.[6] His work has also appeared in Hello!, The Sunday Times, The Daily Telegraph and Ugly Things.

In his role as a pop music historian, Clayson has written over thirty books.[4] The English newspaper Western Morning News once labelled him "the AJP Taylor of pop", with reference to the esteemed historian of twentieth-century European politics.[6] Clayson's bestsellers include Backbeat (subsequently made into a film by director Iain Softley);[6] Beat Merchants; and an authorised biography of the Yardbirds.

In addition to Backbeat, he has written books on each of the four Beatles,[8] beginning with the 1990 publication of The Quiet One: A Life of George Harrison.[9] The four titles were re-released as a box set in 2003 by Sanctuary Publishing.[10] Clayson's volume on Ringo Starr, subtitled Straight Man or Joker?, remains a rare work dedicated to the drummer's career.[11] In his overview of the most popular Beatles books, for Rough Guides, Chris Ingham writes that the four volumes "have been described as Beatles-flavoured teabags in a cup full of Clayson", due to the author's tendency to refer to his own musical career and insert his "harmless prejudices" in the narrative. Ingham concedes, however, that "as a second-generation veteran of the British beat scene, [Clayson's] point of view usually contains a certain authenticity and authority."[11]

Clayson has also written English-language studies of the French singer and actor Serge Gainsbourg,[12] French composer Edgard Varèse[13] and Belgian chansonnier Jacques Brel. His other subjects include Led Zeppelin, Mick Jagger, Brian Jones, Charlie Watts, Keith Richards, Keith Moon, Roy Orbison, Yoko Ono and the Troggs.[14]

Aside from his writing on popular music, Clayson has presented radio programs and lectured on music in Britain and the United States.[6] He has also contributed liner notes and commentary to CD and DVD releases by artists such as Elvis Presley, the Rolling Stones, Édith Piaf, Peter Frampton, Matt Munro, Buddy Holly, Jimi Hendrix, Steve Harley, the Animals and Mungo Jerry.[15]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Dover Express staff (30 August 2012). "Dover musician writes tribute to home town". Dover Express. Retrieved 3 January 2016. 
  2. ^ Fort, Hugh (16 July 2010). "Clayson and the Argonauts return for reunion concert". GetSurrey.co.uk. Retrieved 5 September 2012. 
  3. ^ Fornatale, Peter; Corbett, Bernard M. (2013). 50 Licks: Myths and Stories from Half a Century of the Rolling Stones. New York, NY: Bloomsbury. p. 265. ISBN 978-1-60819-921-1. 
  4. ^ a b c d e Hamilton, Stuart A. (2005). "Feature: Alan Clayson". getreadytorock.com. Retrieved 2 January 2016. 
  5. ^ Clayson, Alan (2003). George Harrison. London: Sanctuary. p. 236. ISBN 1-86074-489-3. 
  6. ^ a b c d e f g "About the Author" in: Clayson, Alan (2003). Ringo Starr. London: Sanctuary. p. vii. ISBN 1-86074-488-5. 
  7. ^ Clayson, Alan. "Alan Clayson and The Argonauts". Damaged Goods Records. Retrieved 2 January 2016. 
  8. ^ Mojo: The Beatles' Final Years Special Edition. London: Emap. 2003. p. 7. 
  9. ^ Inglis, Ian (2010). The Words and Music of George Harrison. Santa Barbara, CA: Praeger. p. 173. ISBN 978-0-313-37532-3. 
  10. ^ "The Beatles Box by Alan Clayson". goodreads. Retrieved 2 January 2016. 
  11. ^ a b Ingham, Chris (2006). The Rough Guide to the Beatles (2nd edn). London: Rough Guides/Penguin. p. 281. ISBN 978-1-84836-525-4. 
  12. ^ Allen, Jeremy (1 December 2013). "Tome On The Range: Reverential Whispers: Darran Anderson's Histoire De Melody Nelson". The Quietus. Retrieved 2 January 2016. 
  13. ^ Fox, Dan (March 2003). "Dan Fox on Alan Clayson's biography of Edgard Varèse". Frieze. Retrieved 2 January 2016. [dead link]
  14. ^ "Books by Alan Clayson". goodreads. Retrieved 2 January 2016. 
  15. ^ "Alan Clayson: Credits". AllMusic. Retrieved 2 January 2016. 

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