Category Archives: Music Business

He died before he would release an inferior product!

When we commit ourselves to a purpose, something very special happens.

I’m listening to Rory Gallagher’s Notes from San Francisco and reading the liner notes. (If you don’t know Read the rest of this entry


Is the Royal Lady Gaga?

You just gotta comment on this one!

How can a small business make a big impact? Max Clifford reveals all.

At Kent’s 2020 Conference and Exhibition last week, Max Clifford, PR Guru, took the speaker stand at 9.30am.

Max Clifford: the early days

Clifford left school at age 15 without any qualifications. The only thing he had going for him was Read the rest of this entry

“See you back at the amps, man!”

The drugs are still working!

From age 18 to age 28, I was in the music business. So what’s that got to do with you and your business?

Bear with me, and all will be revealed …

We were lucky – really lucky – because I literally left school and, within six months, we had a manager AND a recording contract.

Our manager was a guy called Adrian Millar, one-time business associate of Andrew Loog Oldham (Rolling Stones/Small Faces producer/manager) and friend of the infamous Janie Jones, renowned for being a madame in London during the 1970s, and jailed for her involvement in the BBC Radio One ‘sex for airplay’ payola scandal.

One of Adrian’s favourite pastimes Read the rest of this entry

The Wicks Phenomenon

I am honoured to be one of a select group of individuals who were subject to the ‘Wicks Phenomenon’ at an early age. The group were reunited a couple of weekends ago when we were each reminded of our good fortune and our mentor and inspiration, Allan Wicks, who passed away in February.

This has set me on a course to discover exactly what it was about the man and his genius that gave us all very special and rare gifts. In talking to my peers, I discovered that it wasn’t just me who had absorbed many of the personal characteristics of the man; we all have to a greater or lesser degree.

The light bulb is still burning brightly in each and every one of us. The results have been and remain to this day to be transformative in the true sense of the word. Extreme creativity, the development of talent, self-belief, emotional resilience, and personal power have been realized in virtually every case. This model is worth learning more about and I am going to do exactly that, so that I can share it with anyone who wants to become this influential too.

My BIG realization was about how important our legacy really is; not just the one we receive, but the one we pass on. For this man to have touched so many people in so many quite extraordinary and positive ways tells me that I, too, must do more than I am currently doing. I must accept the responsibility that was handed down to us all to pass on the principles that we have learned; principles that have enriched and in some cases revolutionized our lives.

I know I am capable – we all are – but capability is not commitment, and it is my absolute commitment to myself and to doing whatever is necessary that will ultimately determine how much of a legacy I can leave behind when I’m gone. I would love for this to be a version of the ‘Wicks Phenomenon’.

This may end up as a book. It may be a model that others can replicate. It will definitely be a part of my practice. Who knows? If you happen to have been one of this group, I would be delighted if you would share your views with me in order to expand the knowledge, insights and understanding around the ‘Wicks Phenomenon’. Thank you.

QJ The Inspirationist®. June 2010.