My latest book: Fierce Chemistry: A History of UK Drug Wars is published in March 2021.
Waiting for the Man: the Story of Drugs and Popular Music will be reprinted by the Lemur Press in 2021.
The current project is a biography of the Louisiana blues guitarist, John Campbell
Articles on rock’s backpages:
Eric Clapton: The Odyssey: The Making Of Eric Clapton
Retrospective and Interview by Harry Shapiro, MOJO, March 1994
Of all the legends of the land of Greece, few are as epic and ill-starred as the tale of Eric Clapton, his five mates and a dodgy motor called the Glandsmobile…
Patto: This Wonderful Life
Harry Shapiro, MOJO, September 2001
Four friends, one a guitar genius, some art-blues loonery — life was good for ’70s underdogs Patto. Then came illness, car wrecks and squalor. Harry Shapiro unfolds Britain’s great rock tragedy.
When Acid Reigned
Harry Shapiro, MOJO, Summer 2007
Hippies tripped, tabloids raged and police cheered as Engelbert Humperdinck’s Jan ’67 hit, ‘Release Me’ became the real theme tune for the Summer of Love.