I’ve just come across this entry into thriller writer Michael Walters’s Blog. If you are someone who has just found out that Clive James has for almost 40 years been an admired song lyricist, and you are intrigued, then Michael’s entry is as good a place to starting finding out more.
Monday, October 06, 2008
The definition of cult success
One of the joys of the internet is that, if you’ll pardon the expression, it facilitates serendipity, bringing together unexpected collisions of people and topics. Regular readers of this blog (if any exist) may recall that I’ve written on here before about my enthusiasm for the songs of Pete Atkin and Clive James. It’s often a surprise for people to discover that Clive James, as well as being a poet, critic, novelist, broadcaster and controversial crime fiction critic, is also a lyricist of some distinctionAtkin and James made half a dozen fine albums in the 1970s, before abandoning their musical endeavours while Pete went off to make his name as a radio producer and Clive went off to become Clive James. Then, a decade ago, thanks to the efforts of one Steve Birkill is setting up a superb website devoted to their work, they began writing and performing together again………..