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Ed Jones

Ed Jones

Enchanted by Little Richard in The Girl Can't Help It in 1957, and by spending an evening in 1964 in the Rolling Stones' dressing room before watching their show from the wings, Ed Jones (pictured in 1972) was a musician before propounding a single expert opinion about music. Unlike like many rock pundits. He played bass and sang for Scottish trio the Human Beast, whose weirdly unconventional 1970 Decca album (largely ignored at the time) has since been re-released and bootlegged at least 18 times. It has also frequently been anthologised, and eulogised in print and online, to the present day. A good 1970 copy now sells for around $2,000.

His first-ever interviewee, in 1971, for Edinburgh's tiny but fearless underground magazine Cracker, was Marc Bolan, then at the peak of "T-Rextasy". Jones later became editor, and interviewed Alice Cooper, the Turtles, Family, Soft Machine, Wizzard, Curved Air and others when they ventured to Scotland. In 1974, he moved to London and joined Melody Maker, which involved interviewing the likes of Little Richard, Captain Beefheart, Kim Fowley with the Runaways (the first UK writer to do so), the Tubes (ditto), J.J. Cale (ditto), Alex Harvey and John Martyn etc., as well as news reporting, and reviewing many live shows. He also relished ruffling feathers by forensically dissecting the murky business of the rock industry. He interviewed John Reid (then Elton John's manager) for The Sunday Times, and wrote on music for The Spectator, New Society, Time Out and Sounds.

In 1977, lured by curiosity, fantasies of writing the Great African Expat Novel, and a vast salary, he went to Nigeria to work on a 3,000-km. oil pipeline construction project, as a Russian Interpreter. During this time he saw Fela Kuti perform twice in his beleaguered "Kalakuta Republic". Returning to the UK in 1980, he changed careers again, becoming a multi-award-winning copywriter and Creative Director for Saatchi & Saatchi, variously based in London, Saudi Arabia (where he nostalgically hired Soft Machine's Jenkins and Ratledge to do a Shell Oil TV soundtrack), Dubai, Budapest, and Switzerland. He made hundreds of TV commercials and other ads., and frequently pontificated on advertising and communications, for print and broadcast media including the BBC. He also conceived and wrote the Introduction to the definitive book on cause-related advertising, Social Work (2001). He now lurks in Edinburgh surrounded by his art collection, while plotting new creative projects.

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Daevid Allen, Faust, Gong, Mike Oldfield: Virgin Records' First-Ever Releases: Mike Oldfield, Daevid Allen & Gong, Faust

Report by Ed Jones, Cracker, June 1973

AT 18, RICHARD BRANSON STARTED a nationwide magazine called Student, from a basement in Connaught Square, London. Realising that literacy was a faltering skill among ...

Allman Brothers Band, Duane Allman, Eddie Cochran, Jim Croce, Jimi Hendrix, Buddy Holly, Janis Joplin, Jim Morrison, Gram Parsons, Jim Reeves, Ritchie Valens: R.I.P. Giants – The Dead Certs

Overview by Ed Jones, Melody Maker, 25 January 1975

How dying can be a good career move. ...

Argent: Edinburgh

Live Review by Ed Jones, Cracker, 26 September 1973

AFTER MORE THAN AN HOUR'S TEDIOUS WAIT while the roadies languidly set up their gear, Argent began with 'It's Only Money': strong vocals, synthesiser from ...

Beck, Bogert and Appice: Beck, Bogert & Appice: Beck, Bogert & Appice

Review by Ed Jones, Cracker, April 1973

THE FIRST I REMEMBER HEARING OF JEFF BECK was when he was in The Yardbirds, around the time Clapton and Jimmy Page were coming up ...

Beck, Bogert and Appice, Status Quo, Steeleye Span: Idyll…At Grangemouth?: Beck, Bogert and Appice, Status Quo, John Peel & Steeleye Span

Live Review by Ed Jones, Cracker, October 1972

AS WE CRUISED TOWARDS GRANGEMOUTH in the Cracker-mobile, hoping for a day of peace'n'love near Falkirk, our suspicions should have been aroused by the RAC's ...

Marc Bolan Denies Selling-Out

Interview by Ed Jones, Cracker, November 1971

I interviewed him in the afternoon, before his concert on 30 October 1971, at The Empire Theatre, Edinburgh — that began at 11.30pm — as ...

Darren Burn, The James Boys, Simon Fisher Turner, Michael Ward, Ricky Wilde, Lena Zavaroni: Whatever Happened To Puppy Love?

Report by Ed Jones, Melody Maker, 7 December 1974

REMEMBER HOW it was last year? Heathrow Airport swamped by thousands of fans welcoming the Osmonds flying in for a tour of Britain? Hordes of ...

Cado Belle, Slik: Slik and Cado Belle: Scotland The Rave!

Report by Ed Jones, Melody Maker, 26 April 1975

GLASGOW'S GLAMOROUS art deco pleasure palace, the Apollo Discotheque, seethes with expectant energy, awaiting Slik, a flash four-piece of unashamedly commercial pop ambitions. ...

J.J. Cale: A Natural Man

Interview by Ed Jones, Melody Maker, 6 March 1976

The legendary apostle of laid-back rock, J.J. Cale, is coming to Britain for two London concerts next month and his new album and old material ...

J.J. Cale: How He Gets His Unique Sound When Playing Live And Recording

Interview by Ed Jones, Melody Maker, 17 April 1976

SO FINALLY J. J. CALE MADE IT TO BRITAIN. The sleepy Okie singer, guitarist and master of the recording studio isn't particularly keen on talking ...

John Cale: New Victoria, London

Live Review by Ed Jones, Melody Maker, 29 November 1975

THERE IS MUCH FASHIONABLE TALK of John Cale as a significant artist. So far ahead of the herd is he, it is said, that terms ...

Captain Beefheart — Pre-Knebworth Interview

Interview by Ed Jones, Melody Maker, 5 July 1975

"SO THAT band is called Mallard, eh? Well, they'd better duck! Just a bunch of quacks!" So quips Captain Beefheart, briefly in town for his ...

Caravan, Renaissance: Caravan and Renaissance: Rainbow Theatre, London

Live Review by Ed Jones, Melody Maker, 9 March 1975

NO DOUBT YOU WILL NOTICED the double page ads in the music press extolling the virtues of Caravan and Renaissance, and pointing to their enthusiastic ...

The Clash, Sex Pistols, Throbbing Gristle, The Vibrators: Punk and the Sex Pistols

Essay by Ed Jones, The Spectator, 27 November 1976

BEWARE! WHEN Britain's biggest record company, EMI, and the Institute of Contemporary Arts, the citadel of the self-regarding avant-garde, unite behind a single idea within ...

Chick Corea, Return to Forever: Chick Corea: Return To Forever (ECM)

Review by Ed Jones, Cracker, February 1974

WITH THE demise of the Mahavishnu Orchestra, other record companies are looking for their own spacey, super-excellent, speedy-riffing jazz-rock group to grab some of the ...

Curved Air: Sonja Kristina — Curved Air

Interview by Ed Jones, Cracker, April 1972

GLITTER-GARBED and blond-streaked, Sonja Kristina had just returned from a bill-topping Curved Air tour of Germany the day that we met in her London PR's ...

Duane Eddy: New Victoria, London

Live Review by Ed Jones, Melody Maker, 2 August 1975

THE DOG WAS GREAT! Well, it wasn't actually a dog, it was a man. The one who used to do all the yelps and howls ...

The Faces, Led Zeppelin, The Rolling Stones, The Who: Bands On The Run From The Taxman?

Report by Ed Jones, Melody Maker, 11 October 1975

THE PIONEER of psychoanalysis, Sigmund Freud, defined the artist's aims as "fame, wealth, power, and the love of women." Though no one has yet found ...

The Faces, Strider: Kilburn State, London

Live Review by Ed Jones, Melody Maker, 4 January 1975

THE FAILURE of a headlining group to earn the expected encore from its partisan fans must be almost unheard-of these days, but Rod Stewart and ...

Family's Roger Chapman: Aff His Heid?

Interview by Ed Jones, Cracker, 15 January 1972

AS ROGER CHAPMAN of Family burst on to the Empire Theatre stage the other night, the ecstatic roars from the audience were counterpointed by knowing ...

Faust: Faust IV

Review by Ed Jones, Cracker, November 1973

I WAS SURPRISED when Faust's third album, The Faust Tapes, became a chart hit (even at only 48p.) because it seemed so wilfully arbitrary and ...

Roy Harper: "Maybe I'm A F***ing Idiot."

Interview by Ed Jones, Cracker, February 1972

THE MUSIC PRESS USUALLY PORTRAYS ROY HARPER as a kind of fringe lunatic whose gloomy and paranoid view of the world reflects a personal pain ...

Mike Hart: Basher, Chalky, Pongo And Me

Review by Ed Jones, Cracker, September 1972

ONCE UPON A TIME there was a 10-years-in-the-business guitarist/ songwriter who had to get his second solo L.P. together while simultaneously trying to keep his ...

Hawkwind: Brunel University

Live Review by Ed Jones, Melody Maker, 27 December 1975

BRUNEL UNIVERSITY, Uxbridge, is not usually thought of as a centre of aesthetic excellence, but last Wednesday it took on that most difficult of artistic ...

The Hollies: Fairfield Hall, Croydon

Live Review by Ed Jones, Melody Maker, October 1975

THE HOLLIES COULD EASILY BE DREADFUL. If they were even a quarter-tone out of tune, those three-part harmony choruses, supported by the Sixties pop instrumentation, ...

Elton John, Cliff Richard: John Reid, Elton John's Manager: "Welder's Son Who Built A Pop Empire"

Profile and Interview by Ed Jones, The Sunday Times, 8 May 1977

WHILE ELTON John was wowing the pearl-strung punters at last Monday's concert in aid of the Queen's Jubilee Appeal at the Rainbow Theatre, London, John ...

Lindisfarne: Dingly Dell

Review by Ed Jones, Cracker, September 1972

WHEN I HEARD LINDISFARNE'S FIRST ALBUM, Nicely Out Of Tune, with its standout track, 'Lady Eleanor', a year and a half ago, I thought that ...

Little Richard's Big Troubles, Part 1

Live Review by Ed Jones, Melody Maker, 28 June 1975

Part 1: Lewisham "TURN THE BAND DOWN!" bawls a lady who may have been a teenager in the '50s. "Turn the bloody band down!" This, and ...

Little Richard's Big Troubles, Part 2

Report and Interview by Ed Jones, Melody Maker, 5 July 1975

Part 2: Dunstable & the European Saga "IT'S NICE TO LET THEM KNOW that you are not IN THE WAY, that you ARE THE WAY, that ...

Mahavishnu Orchestra: Kelvin Hall, Glasgow

Live Review by Ed Jones, Cracker, June 1973

WHY DOES EVERYBODY TALK ABOUT GLAS­GOW as if it's some kind of Clockwork Orange nightmare? In Glasgow the policemen ask you to go to the ...

Mahavishnu Orchestra: The Mahavishnu Orchestra: Birds Of Fire (CBS)

Review by Ed Jones, Cracker, January 1973

AROUND O-LEVEL time in 1964, I went to the Usher Hall to see the Moody Blues in concert. 'Go Now', that anthem of pleasant teenscene ...

John Martyn: Natural Martyn

Interview by Ed Jones, Melody Maker, 12 July 1975

March 2020 Note: At the time, I took his final comments as being just a rough Glaswegian joke. Unfortunately, it seems it was no more ...

Nektar: A Tab In The Ocean

Review by Ed Jones, Cracker, February 1974

REMEMBER CONCEPT ALBUMS? Remember when sounds meant being zonked? Remember Hieronymus Bosch album covers? Remember when rock was hippy-fascist acid guilt trips? Remember when they ...

Pink Floyd: Empire Pool, Wembley

Live Review by Ed Jones, The Spectator, 26 March 1977

PINK FLOYD — DECLINE AND FALL ...

Soft Machine: Interview with Hugh Hopper

Interview by Ed Jones, Cracker, January 1972

WELL, YA KNOW HOW IT IS ON SATURDAY EVENINGS. The rain was terrible, and I couldn't get a bus and, well, by the time I ...

Status Quo: The Empire, Edinburgh

Live Review by Ed Jones, Cracker, October 1973

FOR A KICKOFF, let's get one thing straight: Status Quo's popularity depends not at all on critical approval or otherwise. Their audience at The Empire ...

The Walker Brothers: Walk Right Back

Report and Interview by Ed Jones, Melody Maker, 15 November 1975

IT'S BEEN A hard day in the plush penthouse suite of the Westbury Hotel in Mayfair. The chandeliers in the mirrored hallway have seen a ...

The Winkies: Kings Road Theatre, London

Live Review by Ed Jones, Melody Maker, February 1975

BY FAR THE MOST SUCCESSFUL MOMENTS of The Winkies' concert at the King's Road Theatre, London, on Sunday night came during the performances of two ...

Wizzard On Tour: Where’s The Backpipes?

Report and Interview by Ed Jones, Cracker, October 1973

THE ACREAGE OF FADED DENIM at the Edinburgh University Student centre of a Friday night is truly staggering. Staggering too are the majority of the ...

Roy Wood Entertains At Don Arden's Gaff

Interview by Ed Jones, Melody Maker, 8 November 1975

"I'VE ALWAYS WANTED TO DO A DRUM SOLO, but I can't really play them, so I did a John Bonham special instead." (Never mind, Bonzo, ...

Frank Zappa: Father Of Invention

Profile by Ed Jones, The Spectator, 19 February 1977

TWO YOUNG SCOTSMEN were beside me in the front stalls of the Hammersmith Odeon last week, both extremely genial and very evidently the worse (or ...

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