This is just a small selection of my books and articles.



Fierce Chemistry: A History of UK Drug Wars

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Jack Bruce: composing himself: the authorised biography

With a Foreword by Eric Clapton. Published by Jawbone 2010

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Waiting for the Man: the story of drugs and music. Helter Skelter, 2003

First published in 1989 by Quartet in hardback, then in paperback by Mandarin 1990, with a revised edition published by Helter Skelter in 199x. Translated into German and Italian and published in the USA by Morrow 

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Shooting stars: drugs, Hollywood and the movies. Serpents Tail, 2003

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Eric Clapton: lost in the blues. Guinness, 1992

New edition of Slowhand first published by Proteus Books in 1982. Translated in German, Italian and Japanese and published in the USA

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Graham Bond – the mighty shadow. Guinness, 1992

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Jimi Hendrix – Electric Gypsy. Heinemann, 1990

Shortlisted for the Ralph J. Gleason music book prize. Translated into Italian and Japanese and published in the USA by St Martin’s Press

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Alexis Korner: the biography, Bloomsbury, 1996

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Recreational drugs: a directory. Collins and Brown, 2004
Published in the UK, Europe, Australia and the USA

Facts on drugs and sport. Gloucester Press, 1989

Facts on inhalants. Gloucester Press, 1989
Both books for schools


From Chaplin to Charlie: cocaine and the movies: Journal of Drug Education, Policy and Practice 2002

Dances with drugs: in: Drugs: cultures, controls and everyday life edited by Nigel South. Sage, 1999

Ecstasy leaflet in support of Channel 5 documentary 1997

Student survival guide – section on drugs – Independent on Sunday October, 1995

Parents and drugs – lead article in Daily Telegraph supplement on drugs – October 1994

Where does all the snow go?: prevalence and patterns of cocaine and crack use in Britain. In: Cocaine and Crack in Britain. Edited by Dr Philip Bean. MacMillan, 1993.

Tripping the light fantastic: the phenomenon of the hallucinogens (co-authored with Dr John Strang). In: The International Handbook of Addiction. Edited by Dr Ilena Glass. Routledge, 1991.

Running scared: the use of drugs in sport (editorial). British Journal of Addiction1991

Drug-using parents. Nursing Standard 1990

Crack – the story so far. Health Education Journal 1989