Other music writing and links


My first book The Sweet in the 1970s published by Sonicbond came out in July 2021.

My second book Suzi Quatro in the 1970s came out in July 2022.

My third book Slade in the 1970s is out 26th May 2023.

Rock writing:

On the rock front I have written for the classic rock and metal website Get Ready to Rock.

Folk writing:

On the folk front I was a regular contributor to the Bright Young Folk website and I also contributed numerous CD reviews for the now sadly defunct fRoots magazine.

Hastings local scene:

On a local level, I have written gig reviews for the Hastings Independent and for the independent music website covering the Hastings and 1066 area The Stinger as well as numerous music features for the Hastings Online Times.

Music PR:

You can find details about my music PR work at Darren Johnson music PR

Other writing:

My previous professional life was in full time politics and I frequently had articles published in the national and local press, like this piece here for The Guardian.

Some other music websites I follow:

Once Upon a Time in the 70s


SMART: Seventies Music And Retro Talk

Every Record Tells a Story


Heavy Metal Overload

The Immortal Jukebox

Left and to the Back

A useful resource for information on set-lists at live gigs is setlist.fm the set-list wiki – it’s something I often make use of in double-checking the set-list of a band I’ve just seen.

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