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'The origin story I liked best was about Jimi Hendrix releasing a pair of parakeets in Carnaby Street. Hendrix spent several months in the city before his death at the age of twenty seven. ‘There’s no place like London’, he said. ‘It’s like a kind of a fairyland.''

Rob Chapman continues his conversation with John Siddique, exploring his move into music journalism, his wide-ranging exploration of sixties psychedelia, and his return to writing fiction.


Rob Chapman speaks with John Siddique about how music saved him from his disastrous secondary education, lyrics and literature, and his celebrated biography of musician Syd Barrett.

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