Following The Way and a year of attempting to form a Soul collective in the vein of Paul Weller's Style Council, Tony went back to his earlier love of the fanzine, creating and self-publishing 'Populist Blues (1986) which ran for 4 issues and one special. Further well-intended though uncompleted and unpublished writing excursions (including a 1990's penned Paul Weller biography) followed along with various day jobs, ultimately leading to the first draft of Our Generation in 2005 (published 2009).
Tony's work includes the complete interior design for all of his books so far (the covers aside) and his book company has now published eleven book titles: author of eight titles including 'Mojo Talkin' - Under the Influence of Mod' and 'Ignore Alien Orders: On Parole With The Clash' (on which he was joined by co-author, Anthony Davie). The company has also designed and published titles by other music-themed authors such as 'The Bigger Picture' by Don Hughes, 'Outside View' by 70s punk musician Andy Blade of Eater and most recently, 'Boys Dreaming Soul' by Neil Sheasby of popular soul band, Stone Foundation. Tony also writes freelance for Vive Le Rock magazine (see a selection of his album reviews for the magazine here) and has contributed features such as the 2-part 'Clash in Sheffield' one in My Kind of Town magazine, a Record Shops feature in the same magazine and contributed articles to books such as 'Take it to the Limit' (Neil Anderson), 'Thick as Thieves - Personal Situations with The Jam (Snowball and Deabill) and Neil Anderson's series of 'Dirty Stop Out guides'.
Music has been a huge and important part of Tony's life for over five decades. A love of soul music, rhythm & blues, reggae, dub, punk, jazz, funk, electronica, blues and many other musical genres is a crucial influence upon his writing and book design work. A love for film soundtracks also continues to this day.
He is married to his soul mate, Vanessa and has two grown-up children to a previous marriage.
His passion remains firmly intact for music, writing, design, film and the idealism of the Independent arts.
The future is unwritten.