THE STORY (The short version)
“Let’s cut to the chase… I used to think I was born in the wrong place and time, but I’m over it. The old German provinces of eastern France provided an adequate landscape to my early escapades into the world of rock and roll and I thrived. I formed my first band in 1967 using gear left over from the previous generation of rockers and we tried to make the best of it. A few years later we had a hold on the circuit and became a common feature of the local papers and radio stations. After my army time (see "writings" section), I relocated to London and joined Stallion, a pub circuit band before forming 2nd Sign with Stallion’s bass player, Andy Dunlop, who at the time was co-writing with Terry Dempsey (David Cassidy’s Daydreamer). We then joined forces with Ivan Couts and his pal Jeff Beck to work on a BBC rock opera tentatively named Turn of the Century. I moved to New York City in 1978, performed in a number of bands on the same bill as the Ramones, Carmine Appice, etc, played the parks and the clubs, but I was after a better and saner gig. I met with Ian Hunter in 1980 as Steve Stevens and I were a coin toss away of replacing Mick Ronson in the band, but Ronno decided to stay after all… Good times were had in the Big Apple but I longed for a new and more even-paced lifestyle, and I found it in San Francisco. Once again, many acts and gigs, one album with seminal band Fillmore House, plenty of studio time as both a session cat and a producer, and after ten fulfilling years, I moved north to the city of Arcata where I now dedicate my time to recording, performing, writing fiction novels and on and off guitar building.
July 13, 2014 (Revised February 25, 2017)
I have recorded over a dozen solo albums and contributed on many with others. Check the discography page for details.