Enter the mind of Bruce Lee

BTLPICCOVERI’ve contributed to an article – Enter the mind of Bruce Lee – just published on the CNN website…

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_0453Here’s one from the archives I only happened upon recently … anyone know where it is … and when?


Bob Foulks just sent me the second image — but this gig was a full three months before my bass was re-sprayed — so it must have been ‘colorized’.





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Bass Tabs

Free bass guitar tab sheet music, For He's A Jolly Good FellowAn increasing number of people keep asking if there’s a book of  tablature or scores of my bass parts. It’s a project I tried to get underway a while ago with a guy called Paul Wolfe.

The problem is that once you attach the parts in any way to the chord structure or lyrics of the song in question, copyright issues become involved, and EC’s music publishers Hal Leonard basically made the entire project non-viable.

There is a certain amount of irony involved as many of the songs presented to us were completely restructured or redefined around the bass part I came up with -such as Chelsea, Girls Talk and B-Movie. Even when my bass lines are sampled or reproduced -like the Oz band Rogue Trader did with Pump It Up – the copyright remains with the songwriter. So all I can say is “Sorry, folks”.

There are a few tabs available by individuals in various places online, but it’s by no means a comprehensive selection.

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Kindle version now available

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Rough Notes is now available, worldwide, on Kindle.




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A band!!

Screen Shot 2016-04-04 at 15.50.50 I haven’t seen this shot since it was first taken. In Tokyo we all went out and bought matching Japanese school blazers because they look so much like the jackets The Beatles wore at Shea Stadium.

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The Distractions!

I was recently alerted to San Diego tribute band, The Distractions. My only advice to them is to make sure the bass player has no literary ambitions – otherwise he’ll be out on his ear. (And to get himself a Profile Bass 🙂

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Uber Rock Interview

I’ve recently done an interview for the online magazine Uber Rock. Visitors to this blog and readers of Rough Notes will be familiar with some of the material. But there’s always an opportunity for a new joke or a bad pun…


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RNx1 Front copyA new cover for Rough Notes for 2016…

“After the ‘lone star’ incident, the lighting man and I got together so that whenever we played Deep Dark Truthful Mirror — and Elvis got to the line ‘the sky was just a purple bruise’ — a beam would cut vertically through the darkness to illuminate me for a second or two, and I would stand there behind him, gazing over at him with a winning smile — a purple Bruce. I wonder if he ever found out…”

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