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Greetings from Paul Davison

Discussion in 'Introduce Yourself' started by pd, Sep 17, 2007.

  1. pd

    pd Slightly Desperate Staff Member

    Thought I might as well wade in :)

    It all began when I was 17 years old or so, around 1982. I was at 6th form college and had two very good friends, Simon and Duncan. We used to go round each others houses all the time to drink homebrew, play D&D, listen to music, mess around with guitars, and talk bollocks. Oh, and very occasionally, to work too. At the time the usual suspects were being listened to - Rush, Led Zep, Floyd, Hendrix...

    Duncan had a cousin who had got hold of Work of Heart; Duncan picked this up plus Unknown Soldier I think. We played it, quite liked it, but weren't sure. However a voyage of discovery followed (egged on by the realisation that the Led Zep III track was about him, and the Floyd connection) and I remember the real breakthrough came when Simon got a second hand copy of Flat Baroque (it was deleted at that time). He gave me a tape... and that was it for me, this was finally the music for me.

    Much more collecting followed, though the gig-going didn't really kick in until later on at University where I got into the whole 100 club and Half Moon Putney scene, not to mention Bloomsbury and other places. I made contact with Andy Ware who was at that time busy re-releasing a lot of the records. I remember him as a thoroughly decent bloke who took the time to respond to my little queries enclosed with orders for new stuff. Does anyone know what happened to him?

    Eventually the existence of Hors D'Oeuvres magazine became known to me and I immediately ordered all available back issues from Darren Crisp and devoured them. Yes, there were other people as mad as me!

    In time I finished at University (BSc in London and MSc in Newcastle - I remember seeing Roy and Isaac Guillory play together on the Same Old Rock at Whitley Bay) and then got my first job, which was working in the Computer Science department at Queen Mary College in the East End. I frequented various usenet groups and found some like minded music buddies there including one Colm Mulcahy, who egged me on to create the electronic mailing list "stormcock". This was around 1989 or so.

    Time passed, the mailing list continued (as indeed it still does) and we all got older. I doggedly carried on with all the Harper stuff, made a web site (static), went to loads more gigs, and at some point actually got to speak to my hero who by then of course had heard of me. I cannot remember the circumstances of this, just that I was very nervous.

    A high point for me was getting a thank you in the booklet for the Dream Society, which I am still happy and proud about, for my efforts.

    Earlier this year (2007) I decided that it was time to update the Harper fan presence to include people more used to a web-based approach, though the "old school" continue to use email. A period of planning was followed by the launch of stormcock.net and indeed these forums as an alternative to what I've taken to calling the "luddite" version of Stormcock, which is still based on roughly the same technology that I used in 1989. My company kindly funds it all (I am self-employed), the appropriately-named Mistle Thrush Ltd.

    Of course, the latest thing is the podcast as I thought adding some audio and the chance to listen to some interesting music and chat would make a nice change from staring at a screen...

  2. SHAUN I

    SHAUN I It's so clear on the wings of the dawn

    It's the first time I've read this Paul, I can relate to it so much though, a very similar story to my own, when I discovered the music for me too.

    When I started to go to Roy's gigs in 83/84 thats when I realised what a whole new world I was tapping into, a completely different musical experience to everything else I'd heard before. Hats off to Roy and hats off to you for setting up Stormcock.net.

    Regards Shaun..

    Smokin' rope is crazy! :sifone:

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