Please check out a little of the content of this site. If you like what you see, then please subscribe.
The sample content is from 1974 working for the first time in the USA with Wishbone Ash, and in 1978 being hired by the Grateful Dead.
Every page has a playlist via Rdio, mostly of the music of artists I'm touring with. If you subscribe to Rdio you will hear the whole track rather than the 30 second clips you'll hear right now. HOWEVER very soon this is to be discontinued due to Pandora having bought Rdio and so I intend to use youtube clips and or images to sell interesting produce.
In this top section beside the playlist will be links to Galleries. These could be Itineraries or photo galleries or diaries. This example is an original Itinerary and some diary scans.
The subscription is only £7.99 a year (approx US$13.00) and you'll help to keep the site expanding at the same time. You will have a user name and password once you register. US$2 of your subscription will go to the performers/recording rights holders collection agency, PPL.
You will receive email updates when new interviews/audio clips and content are added.
One of the functions of the site created is to share letters, photographs, date sheets and other paraphanalia with the capability to zoom in on to the detail. The photograph below (a polaroid of Bob Marley taken from the stage In Santa Barbara 1978) can be zoomed into easily with a click of your mouse. Another clever thing Blaze Concepts introduced (the developers that built the site for me) are the galleries above, the sticky tapes, which allows me to upload loads of pages or photos to create and show you a complete tour itinerary and a selection of tour photographs, again with the capability to zoom on to the page/photo for more detail.
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On every page, these audio players appear, often more than once with stories and nonsense I have recorded to give a flavour, I hope, of what I was going through at the time. There are already audio clips from some of the crew and artists involved in these tours, sharing their memories with me. The site will update with more as time goes by.
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The YouTube clips are essential in my story telling. I am amazed at how many early films there are of the bands that I toured with during this period. I share with you the live performances not only of the bands I toured with, but also the bands I got to see in my free time, mostly in London, during the times I was actually at home.
IF YOU LIKE THE MUSIC PLEASE BUY IT!! Every YouTube clip has a link to Amazon to buy the music or product being shown.
Here is one of many many passes I was given through my touring days. I kept most, and intend to use them as a colourful backdrop. I like them.....
The date sheet to your left on the screen is a feature of the site that goes through every page. I have created 14 years of data that tells me where I was for virtually every day on this journey I took with these bands. Not only where I was, but what venue and sometimes the hotels we stayed in as well. It doesn't mean I remembered every day mind, but it sure helps jog the memory. You can click to get closer to the detail.
Once you subscribe and make payment to Road Stories, you will have full access to the website. There are currently in excess of 50 pages to read through/listen to, some pages are very much longer than others. The free sample content pages are made up of one section only. All the subscription pages are mostly two, sometimes three sections long, so there's lots to get through!
You'll be kept up to date via email with any new content that is added, including audio clips of artists and crew, and new bits of paraphernalia that comes to light. This means you won't have to keep checking back to see if there are new additions after you have completed a page.