HIDDEN tracks

Music was Pete Paphides' first love. And at this rate, it will be his last.

London folk revival 1967

You’re a Scandinavian TV crew making a documentary about the British folk revival. You have a chance to alight in London at any point during the 60s and grab as much footage as you can over a few days. Where do you alight your Tardis? It’s a tough choice. By the law of averages there must have been a night when Paul Simon and Jackson C. Frank both played at legendary all-night folk hole Les Cousins. That would be pretty special. Or the time Bert Jansch and Transatlantic Records’ Nat Joseph were entrusted with the job…

Dexys Midnight Runners 1982

The school holidays were six weeks long. I was in my dead grandmother’s house in Athens, bored out of my mind while my older brother – homesick and in love with wedge-haired rouge-streaked Caroline Fellowes – played The Doors‘ 13 compilation on a single-speaker tape recorder over and over again. For all of that, I was relieved to be bored; relieved to be away from my pipe-smoking form teacher Mr Newton, who looked like Lech Walesa, ran the chess club and sought to alleviate the tedium by picking on pubescent halfwits…