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From 1990 - 2006 I ran Feedback fanzine in the UK, writing about bands that were never covered in the mainstream press, many of whom were in the progressive underground. I built close ties with many of the British groups in particular, including writing the newsletter for Freewill, getting gigs for Credo and writing the introduction to Galahad's OCMDII compilation. I reviewed literally thousands of cassettes and then CDs from bands from throughout the world, and was lucky enough to interview many of them. During this period I also contributed to the French progzine Acid Dragon, and also wrote for the infamous Rock 'n' Reel, as well as the Ghostland website.

In 2006 I moved to NZ, and stopped running Feedback (which was then renamed Amplified after I left, at my request) having produced over 80 editions with more than 11,000 pages of print and heaven knows how many reviews and interviews.

Although I stopped writing and reviewing when I came over to NZ, I was gradually brought back into the scene (initially kicking and screaming until I accepted my fate) and started contributing to many different sites and magazines. I was heavily involved with the Crossover sub-genre team on PA, wrote the booklets for the Red Jasper reissues, and generally tried to be as involved in the scene as I had some 20 years previously. However, I stopped this in 2014 to start work on a book containing all of my progressive reviews from Feedback, which in all took five years to be completed. With more than than half a million words (larger than Lord of the Rings), plus all album artwork, in colour, The Progressive Underground has been published in three volumes by Gonzo Media.

The Progressive Underground Volume 1 is available at all good online outlets!! Reviews A-H
The Progressive Underground Volume 2 is available at all good online outlets!! Reviews I-S
The Progressive Underground Volume 3 is available at all good online outlets!! Reviews T-Z, DVD/Video reviews, short reviews, interviews and gig reviews

Between 2017 and 2020 I wrote more than 2400 reviews on music ranging from acoustic and jazz through all types of progressive rock, melodic rock and hard rock, through to the most extreme metal and most out there avant garde and noise that people can imagine.

All my reviews appear in the hard copy UK fanzine Amplified (still going after 30 years), and are also submitted to the weekly e-magazine Gonzo, plus www.mlwz.pl, the mighty PowerofProg.com, Rezonatz.com, HouseofProg.com, Progressor.net and others. I also contribute to the French progzine Acid Dragon, and the Slovakian site www.rockovica.com, plus if the band is listed then it will appear on ProgArchives and all metal on Metalmusicarchives. Phew!

I also undertake reviews and interviews for muzic.net.nz, which has promoted and supported thousands of NZ bands and musicians, helping them to gain comprehensive exposure for their music, plus I also write the press releases for local label AAA Records as well as helping out individual artists in the same area.

I estimate I have written more than 2 million words on music and I have not finished yet.

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