Johnny's Diary

Johnny's Diary

No Time For Sadness: It’s Time To Rock

One of the things we never thought about growing up loving rock music in the 1970s was that one day, all our heroes would die. That, given the generation they were drawn from, we...

My New Novel Is Published

On 24th December, King Tees, the 10th Nick Guymer novel was published, initially on Kindle and next month, as a paperback. It's always a strange moment when the words you've spent so many hundreds...

Christmas – It’s Not For Everyone

The truth is, I don't really get Christmas. When I was little, back in the 60s, it was definitely all about Jesus. It was a religious festival to celebrate the wee boy. I liked...

New Projects Ahoy!

In the last couple of weeks, outside of our DJTees work, we’ve been busy with other projects. First, I’m putting the 10th Nick Guymer novel to bed. It’s called King Tees and is both...

Joe Bonamassa Live in Newcastle

Last night was the second time we’ve seen Joe Bonamassa. The first was in Las Vegas in 2009 at the House Of Blues and man that was a messy night of debauchery. The Ballad...

A New Nick Guymer Novel

Perched up here, 120 feet up above the ground, you get a great view of Edinburgh to the west and north. The picture below is what I look out on from where I sit...

Record Collecting Confessions

My name is John and I collect records. Don’t laugh. Like all nerds and people obsessed by things, record collectors attract a lot of sneering from people who perhaps like to think of themselves as...

My 4000th Record

The good news is that I'm feeling much better, largely due to killing my bronchiti with whisky - highly recommended! The even better news is that I think I have just bought my 4000th...

I’m Sick – No, Not Like That…Or Like That, Either

When you do what I do for a living, which largely involves sitting in a big chair and writing on a computer, there are many positives. Primary amongst them is the fact that your...

An Evening With King Crimson

Sometimes life delivers something unexpected and sweet. I was with a friend browsing records in a shopping centre in Edinburgh's Ocean Terminal when chat turned to King Crimson, who had been on at the...

The Stress of Publishing a New Book

This week my 10th novel 'Teesside Shadows' was published in paperback. It's made for a very stressful week because when your books go out into the world, you no longer have any control over...

Record Fair Freaks

Saturday was a record fair day here in Edinburgh. For vinyl addicts like me, this is like going to church. The congregation tends to be chunky, middle-aged, often slightly dysfunctional and poorly dressed men,...

Tea Break Over…Back On My Head

Well that's the Edinburgh Fringe Festival done for another year. As you know, I was one of ten people on the Comedy Awards Panel and I saw a total of 123 shows in 3...

Fosters Comedy Awards – Edinburgh Fringe Festival

I've had a hell of a busy week. As a member of the Fosters Comedy Awards panel at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, I've been seeing up to 7 shows per day. On Saturday we'll...

Metallica, Clowns and a Flying V

As I was sitting in a tent at the Edinburgh festival watching a man in full clown make-up called Puddles, belting out a Metallica song at 100 decibels, I realised life had got a...

Rock Music in Public Places

This week, my days and nights are filled with going to see shows at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. As one of the judges on the Fosters Comedy Awards panel, I see up to 7...

Writing Writing Writing

This is going to be the start of a really busy month for me. Along with my regular DJTees work, my 9th Nick Guymer novel, Teesside Shadows' will be published and I need to...

Johnny’s First Diary Entry

It's a busy time here at the DJTees Emporium of Rock. A new version of the website went live this week, which is always a stressful time, or at least it is for Dawn, who...
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