Punk's Diary
A puzzler for Christmas

Today’s little known Vicar story - “The Mysterious case of the Hotel Cleaner who knew my name” comes from The Fairmont Hotel in Vancouver. I had left my room on the first morning and was about halfway along the corridor in my jetlagged semi-soporific state, when the cleaner greeted me with a breezy “Good morning, Mr Sanderson”, just as I climbed into the lift. It was not until I had reached the ground floor (for my morning breakfast with an un-named guitarist of my acquaintance and his sister) that it began to bug me “How on earth had she known my name”…I hereby name our latest addition "The Orifice" (joke on The Oracle from The Matrix). Now we will find out if she has a sense of humour.

Solutions on a postcard please.

Posted on - 20 Dec 16




The Vicar's Diary
The uneasy marriage between music and business.

My inbox has been filled with an e-flurry, seeking my thoughts on the ongoing “photography makes concert impossible for artist”, “unprofessional artist leaves stage in huff”, “selfish musician robs fans” dramas.

These are, in my view, nothing more than the most recent occurrence of an inevitable tension caused by the laudable attempt of artists to operate in the marketplace while being free of its values. The marketplace dictates that live music is a commercial relationship: the audience pays money and is entitled to a set quantity of entertainment (which evidently must include encores). In an alternative world, the money is necessary to fund the costs and work required, but this is not a commercial relationship about quantity, but an opportunity to participate in bringing a quality into the world. If one seeks to set a standard for live music performance (something which cannot be done without the active participation of the audience), and the actions of the audience mean that the artist cannot honourably continue at the standard which he expects of himself, what would we have him do? Muddle through and play badly? This would not only be a denial of everything he stands for, but would mean that the band the fans came to see was no longer on the stage even if he remained. We must remember to handcuff musicians to the stage in future, even if it means they cannot move to play their instruments properly. Damn the artistic temperament!!!! (Oh yes, that’s why we love their music.)

For those who do not understand, I would suggest that you prepare the perfect delivery of a poem, and then try performing it to someone who is not only not listening, but who is actively trying to distract you. The transcendent moment for which you practised so hard is impossible.

Posted on - 2 Oct 2016




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David's Bio

Anyone wondering about the background behind The Vicar will probably enjoy this - an updated version of David Singleton's bio :

A very English maverick, Singleton delights in the story of a speech he delivered recently at a Cambridge reunion - and the fact that this unexpected honour had less to do with his contribution to Philosophy than fond memories of the single "Lazy Bugger" he released as an undergraduate.

Ever unconventional, his first home was a hand-built 38 ft boat. And his next musical release - recorded in the studio he founded, The Mobile - was the infamous "Record that could Change every Time You Played it" (vinyl single due for re-issue on Record Store Day 2015). On some playings, a guitar solo may appear. On others, not. Sometimes, a telephone voice may sing. Other times, not. Such variable play music has now, of course, become a staple of computer games.

That record, along with his production work on 'Show of Hands', 'Sunday all over the World', 'Frame by Frame' and 'The Great Deceiver' was the start of a long-enduring partnership with Robert Fripp. In 1992. they co-founded the label DGM, which they still jointly own, and which has been at the forefront of new attitudes to copyright and artist rights. Under the name TonProb, Singleton and Fripp have produced the majority of the releases for the label, as well as a handful of outside artists. The label has released over 100 albums and hundreds of online concerts by King Crimson and other artists.

In 1999, Singleton co-founded, almost by accident, BootlegTV - a company dedicated to promoting online recordings & films of live concerts, and raised $15 million in the dragon's den of Vulture Capital. The vision for the company has proved enduring, but the timing was too early : its better known successor, Youtube, was not founded until some 3 years after the company's demise. BootlegTV's legacy can, however, still be seen in the concert series sold by bands as diverse as Pearl Jam and Phish, and also in DGMLive, the online site set up to make all King Crimson concerts available to the public.

Since 2000, Singleton's primary artistic focus has been The Vicar. The idea for 'The Vicar Chronicles' presented itself when he asked Fripp the simple question "Why has no-one written whodunits about the music industry?" - and received the equally simple reply "Because you haven't written them yet." Singleton has resolutely applied his vision of a single coherent multimedia future, personally creating every item from Novels to Videobooks, Graphic novels to Audiobooks, Songbooks to Online media. This has necessitated a long arduous gestation period : The Vicar Chronicles appeared first as part of an online diary in 2000, then as videoblogs in 2007 and finally as novels in 2013.

Over the same period, the musical production work of The Vicar has taken shape, first on some King Crimson and Fripp titles and then more prominently as the producer of 'Where's The Money Mr Blair?', the School Aid single released in 2005. Designed to raise money to save the local Primary School, the song can claim a measure of success in shaming the Blair government into giving the school the money it needed - a 'shaming technique' again successfully employed by The Vicar in his 2013 'Fart For Your Rights' campaign. This time it featured not a song, but a video of The Vicar's assistant, Punk Sanderson, standing outside the offices of Universal music, displaying placards with each of DGM's long-standing grievances to the accompaniment of a 'Universal Symphony' of breaking wind. Unsurprisingly, the video quickly went viral within the UMG building. As Fripp had resolved to fold King Crimson until the resolution of this dispute, it is pleasing to think that we might have the sound The Vicar and Punk publicly breaking wind to thank for the reformation of the band.

The Vicar's first album, Songbook#1, was also released in 2013. Although failing to achieve much mainstream publicity, it garnered excellent niche reviews as 'an exquisite collection of songs' with its 'definitive pop arrangements' making it 'one of the most intriguing and innovative records of our time'. It featured guest vocal appearances from Lewis Taylor and Andy Yorke, amongst others, as well as an enviable cast of well-known instrumentalists. Many reviewers commented on the complete absence of drums, prompting a predictable response from The Vicar who, in 2014, released an iTunes App with the world's largest collection of Drummer Jokes.

2015 sees The Vicar taking on another entertainment behemoth, the 'X Factor', with his own light-hearted competitor, The V-Factor - one that seeks to move the limelight from the singer to the song:

'Ask not what the song can do for you, but what you can do for the song - vocal pyrotechnics, big hair and celebrity not allowed'.

Singers can download the backing tracks from The Vicar's Songbook #1 and add their own vocals. There is a complimentary #IamTheVicar instagram campaign where fans can photograph themselves obscuring their faces and appear on the cover of future Vicar releases. It is all underpinned by the belief behind the entire Vicar project - that music and music alone should take centre stage without the current obsession with personality and celebrity, nor with the damaging thieving hand of the mainstream music business.

If nothing else, it all promises to make another good story for The Vicar Chronicles.

Singleton has been lucky enough to work with artists as diverse as The Amsterdam Metropole Orchestra, Bill Bruford, The California Guitar Trio, Brian Eno, Europa String Choir, Robert Fripp, John Paul Jones, King Crimson, Bill Nelson, The Orb, David Sylvian, Lewis Taylor and Andy Yorke. He looks forward excitedly to all new collaborations, even if some of them are with drummers.

Posted on - 23 July 2016




The Vicar's Diary
To Stream or Not to Stream

To stream, or not to stream: that is the question:
Whether it serves music better to suffer
The slings and arrows of outraged fans,
Or to take arms against a sea of vested interests,
And by opposing end them?

I am loathe to dip my toe into the cesspool that is the discussion on streaming. A myriad bloggers on one side, disenchanted artists sinking gently in the middle, and a large stinking pile of unfulfilled promises and vested interests on the other. Surely there is nothing more that can be said. And yet. And yet. Much has changed over the last few weeks.

So let us, Dear Readers, triangulate around some interesting new landmarks:

1) The recent revelations about the Sony contract with Spotify, as published on the verge website.
2) Universal’s recent posturing (possibly egged on by Apple) that free streaming on Spotify is damaging music.
3) The recent “cleansing of Youtube” of King Crimson material, which has led many fans to feel that they have been robbed of one of the potential ways of spreading the word about their favourite music.

Let us begin with Sony’s Spotify contract. Much was unsurprising. Sony receives vast advances, which they may, or may not, choose to share with their artists. Well yes, we always assumed as much. They are a voracious major label (spit spit). This was never a fair playfield. But two parts were informative. The first is that Spotify can take 15% of third party advertising “off the top” ie. not include it in the money that they account to artists or rights holder. This seems to be little more than a cynical reinvention of the “packaging deduction” much loved by major labels – meaning that the royalty rate that Spotify pays is not quite a high as their PR department would have us believe. The second, more significant in my view, is that Sony receives vast amounts (up to $9 million) in free advertising on Spotify. That one fact opens new worlds. Why?

i) The least interesting reason : because this advertising will definitely not be accounted to those troublesome artists. It shows the inherent conflict of interest within a major label when they do a deal for “their” music – it is in their financial interest to find sources of income, which do not have to be divided up by their royalty department.
ii) A more interesting reason : because it creates a strangely circular perspective on Universal’s complaint about the income they receive from the Spotify’s Freemium model ie. the one paid for by advertising (see point two - another new fact to come light this week). We now know that the income from that model is partly being undermined by the fact that Spotify, rather than selling the advertising (and returning more accountable revenue to the labels) is actually being forced to give much of this advertising to the labels...who then in turn complain about the lack of revenue.
iii) And this is where it gets really interesting : because this advertising is probably the most valuable commodity under discussion, yet neither Spotify nor the labels seem to know it. During a recent outpouring from the erstwhile “Lord of Vision” at BootlegTV (yes, David, the Tall Pointy One, Singleton), he suggested that DGM was not interested in appearing on Spotify as the financial terms were laughably poor (even on Sony’s contract the gross payout to a label would be just $2,250 for 1 million streams). However, David went on to say that he would “GIVE THE MUSIC TO SPOTIFY FOR FREE IF HE COULD HAVE ACCESS TO THE ADVERTIZING EVERY TIME SOMEONE STREAMED A TRACK. THAT WOULD BE FAR MORE VALUABLE THAN ANY DOLLAR AMOUNT.”

So why does David find this advertising so valuable, while to Sony it is just a small insignificant bonus. The answer lies in the relationship with the artist. All Sony has to sell is music. You thus have the fundamentally flawed proposal that Sony advertises music for sale on Spotify, a service which, by its very nature renders such music sales obsolete. The problem for Sony, or any conventional record label, is that when music by Mark Ronson is playing, they have nothing to advertise other than more music by Mark Ronson (or some other Sony artist). How different that is for an artist, or an artist’s management company like DGM. While a King Crimson track is playing, they could inform you of a forthcoming KC concert in your area, or KC merchandise, or a site with endless rare KC downloads, or even a book about KC. How valuable that advertising suddenly becomes. You can speak directly to a fan, who is listening to your music at that exact moment. That advertising may have comparatively little value to a label, but it has huge value to the artist. Which leads to the obvious radical suggestion (and sadly I doubt that Daniel Ek, CEO of Spotify is reading): Don’t give the artist any streaming royalties at all. Give them the advertising. (And fool that I am, I do not even demand shares in your company, Mr Ek, for telling you so.)

This leads to the third point of triangulation – fans, who are disappointed that music has been removed from Youtube. This was perfectly expressed in a helpful comment from Mr Frank Hadlich who described Youtube as a “try and taste” area. And therein lies the conundrum. Of course, all artists and labels are supportive of their music being part of a “try and taste” area – an essential part of finding new fans. The problem is that Youtube, like all the other streaming services, is seeking to move beyond that into becoming a “universal-music-library-stop-buying-music” service.

Philosophically, I in fact am very open to such an idea. Ideally, music should be free and how wonderful if we could all have access to all of it all the time wherever we are. The problem is how to embrace such a world with business constraints (engineers and studios needing paying, artists requiring royalties) from a former world. I can offer any number of conflicting points of view :

1) Music should be free.
2) If it is, there will however be insufficient money to support those who produce it. Some recorded music can come into the world as a hobby. Much cannot. Or at least only of less good quality.
3) DGM is one of the few labels in the world with rising physical sales. It is also - perhaps coincidentally, perhaps not - a “digital stop-out” with regard to streaming.
4) If an artist’s catalogue is not continuously presented to new generations using current technology (which would now be streaming) that artist sinks from view – Frank Zappa sadly comes to mind.

Such thinking leads me to the view that “Pledge Music” may be part of the new landscape. The music is free, but those who are able to support it, do so. I am actively considering exactly such an approach with the new batch of Vicar music (and would welcome thoughts). An interesting toe in the water for DGM. It also leads to the fact that music does need to be on Youtube - sufficient to be a taster, but insufficient to be a main course. And to that extent, King Crimson music will return on the KC channel.

Discuss!

Posted on - 5 May 2016




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Extract from the Tall Pointy One's Diary

David Singleton's has been posting in his online diary about the stresses of juggling music prodution, music management, and the creative life of The Vicar.

The first part of the challenge is simple and exciting. I simply have to adapt to being one of those superbly efficient paragons who achieve more every day than us mere mortals (and there I was thinking I was doing reasonably well already). A new “executive assistant” has appeared in my life, and is “executively assisting”…

The nagging doubt at the back of my mind is “artistic space”. This does not admit of workflows and delegation. It is the ‘inner child” or the “seeing eye”, and has to be lived. Or, expressed in a more practical way, a month ago I was living the fourth Vicar novel. I knew the plot, the characters were alive in my head, I could set pen to paper, enjoy the dance and see where it might lead. And now? Even if I stole the time (always possible), the work would feel like a fraud. It is not currently real in the same way. Or a different, musical perspective. Many of us music lovers, lead our hectic lives and squeeze our cherished music making into the remaining space…and the results rarely are life-changing “Art”. That comes from a different place. It cannot be an afterthought or an add-on. All my life decisions have been based on a refusal to be “squeezed”. I need primarily to be and believe in David, the artist. That is who I am. Those kind souls who attended by talks in the US know that I spoke of the “Power to Believe”, and my notion that the only person who needs to believe in an artist is the artist himself. But, most importantly, that the artist MUST believe. If you don’t, it’s over, other than as a healthy hobby.

And the “inner child” inside feels under attack. But worry not – he’s an obstinate, big-headed, egocentric little bugger and gets his way in the end. And the future feels, well, good.

Posted on - 28 Feb 2016




Punk's Diary
A big thank you

Safely back from Japan and Canada, my first time north of the 49th parallel. Seems that his Hairyness (sorry, his holiness!) designed this trip specially so that I would staying in each country just long enough to almost adjust to the jetlag before moving on and repeating the endless sleepless nights. What I wouldn’t give to go to bed and not wake up at 3am, all alone, unloved (fill in your own sad adjectives). Thanks all those who came to all the talks. It is my first time in Japan since the last Vicar interview tour in 2013. The Vicar would tell you that “There remains something wonderful about the people, the quality that everyone brings to their work: the way that your tea is served, your bed is made or you are welcomed to the hotel.” Yawn! Much more important is the sushi, the hi-tech, and the strange obsession of grown women who want to dress up like schools girls. What’s that about?!

Posted on - 4 Dec 2015




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An Update from the Road

I am living my own personal version of "changing rooms". There is that slightly nervous moment each time you arrive at a new venue, and are shown the possible spaces for your talk. I have already described the "space between two doors" at Brighton - this was followed by the "Harold Pinter" room at the Hackney Empire....a possible cameo for Vicar Chronicle: Simon, the promoter, told me that there was one available space, the Harold Pinter room. He took me up to the upper level...and then through the door marked "gents toilets". My heart began to sink. We were in a small lobby, about one metre square. Surely not here, I thought. Simon looked slightly confused, and then pushed on the next door, which took us through to the toilets themselves, complete with a row of urinals. I know most Vicar fans are men of a certain age, whose bladders, like mine, may be getting a trifle weak, but a talk in the toilet...!!! Simon looked a little embarrassed and announced that the Harold Pinter room had vanished. It was as if we were living in our own Harold Pinter play. We circled several times, before he remembered a fire door from the lobby just outside the toilets, which led into....a very fine conference room!

A similar tale at The Lowry centre in Madchester, where I was originally offered a dull grey corridor just outside the stage door - which was fortunately changed to the Lyric Circle Bar, which proved a fine venue. On the first night, I asked the Front-of-house manager if they could kill the musak. "If only we could", she replied. By the second night, she had thankfully succeeded. So thank you to all. Onwards and upwards.

Posted on - 7 Sep 2015




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Back from the East Coast

Thank you to all who attended the appearances in LA, San Francisco, San Jose, Sacramento and Seattle in April - we are planning another visit to the States in October, and some UK dates in between. Please contact us if you have a burning desire for a visit to your city/town/village/loft. Some of the best events were those added by brave volunteers who threw their hat into the ring.

David Singleton, creator of all things Vicar, is also doing talks at Universities and colleges on 'The Uneasy Marriage between Music and Business' - the fault-line which provides so many plotlines for Punk Sanderson and The Vicar. Lots of chances to get involved.

Posted on - 8 Jul 2015




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The Vicar comes to America

David Singleton is doing a series of speaking engagements in the US telling you everything you ever wanted to know about The Vicar but were afraid to ask.

Dates are still being added, but we have Cambria 21st April, San Francisco 22nd, San Jose 23rd, Sacramento 27th, LA 28th, Seattle 1st May.

Watch this space, or The Vicar Facebook page for updates, venues and timings.

Posted on - 17 Apr 2015




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Be The Singer and #IamTheVicar

As most of you would seem to have already noticed, we have begun the soft launch of Be The Singer and #IamTheVicar. Be The Singer is our very own organic, fairtrade, no-artists-or-songs-murdered-in-the-making version of the X Factor (The V Factor, as we are calling it) and #IamTheVicar is a photo competition for your photos of The Vicar - "the man who isn't there".

Given that we are not going to the press until the official launch at the start of next month, the response has been incredible. You are all really wonderful (but you know that already).

Keep it up. Keep sharing and let us know if there are any bugs we need to fix!

Posted on - 17 Feb 2015




Punk's Diary
All Change for 2015

You'll never believe the tongue-lashing that I've just been given over the lack of blog postings this month. It was ... well ... quite fun actually.

Because - heavens be praised - it wasn't from The Vicar, which would be ULTRA SCARY - we're talking turn the amp up to fifteen and let it feedback out of control. No. It was from his new PR/Social Media specialist, who is, well, a SHE.

I'm not going to be all sexist and tell you what she looks like, because we all know that if "she" was a "he", I wouldn't bother - but she is no way as scary as The Vicar (although I suspect she's got quite a temper on her).

And yes, I know you're all going to point out that she gets what she wants because here I am tapping away. Well - obviously! DUH!

So watch this space, there should be regular updates this year. Starting first thing Monday!

PS. And as everyone involved with The Vicar has to have a silly name, I hereby name our latest addition "The Orifice" (joke on The Oracle from The Matrix). Now we will find out if she has a sense of humour.

Posted on - 30 Jan 15




Punk's Diary
New Website

OK. I admit it (even though I've done it already). I, Punk Sanderson, agree that this new website is maybe slightly better than my trusty old one (although I still miss the scrolling underpants).

So can you please now stop sending your emails to The Vicar with all your gushing "it's-so-purrfect" praise - which just pisses me off, as really what you mean is that my old site was a load of old s**t.

(Isn't this great, I'm filling his Hairyness's glossy new site with swear words. Perhaps I could add a few more like...well maybe not actually, as I don't want to get fired, Not just before Xmas).

Anyway, in case I do get the push and never speak to you all again, Have a Happy Xmas and I hope next year brings me everything that you want.

Posted on - 23 Dec 14




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Japanese Reviews

Vicar HQ has just been sent a huge file of Japanese reviews of The Vicar Songbook#1 and The Mysterious Case of Billy's G String Graphic Novel - the results of David and Ben's interview to trip to Japan. One small problem...we have no idea what any of them say!

So if there is someone out there who would care to indulge in a spot of translation, we would love to share them with you.

Pictures of that trip - with Ben being mobbed by Japanese schoolgirls convinced that he was a western film star have been added to the gallery.

Posted on - 1 Nov 2014




The Vicar's Diary
International Day of Peace

What better day than the "International Day of Peace" to announce the formal launch of the website. And what better way to spend a Sunday morning than viewing these pages on my latop for the first time. Oooh, the joy and excitement that await me with each click!

My everlasting thanks to Toby the Indefatigable for his acts of heroism in bringing these pages to life. And to Ben Singleton for his superlative design work. Were we not just the merest unnoticed pimple on the cultural horizon of this country, I am sure their work would be worthy of some design award. As it is they will have to content themselves with the satisfaction of a job well done, and the bottles of Wine Society sparkling Saumur which will be winging their way.

This is apparently a "soft launch", meaning that we tiptoe gently into the world, allowing the inevitable bugs and flaws to be cured without the full glare of publicity (as if!).

So please, kind souls (and even less than kind ones), bang, click and prod - and send your thoughts via any of the contact systems at the bottom of the pages.

Posted on - 21 Sep 14




Punk's Diary
Farewell to Underpants

All good things come to an end, I suppose. Dammit! The "website that Punk built" complete with scrolling underpants and pints of beer instead of stars is about to be killed off in favour of a brand new spangly one. Time for my trusty old Vicar site to give way to the new. Some would call it progress. Me, I just call it cultural vandalism.

(Actually the new site is soooo much better, but I'm hardly going to admit that am I - although I just did.)

For those who want to indulge their nostalgia, you can see the old site by typing in www.thevicar.com/oldsite (unless the killjoys remove it completely). Onwards!

Posted on - 20 Aug 14




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Graphic Novel Reviews

Thanks to all those who have sent details of reviews - it seems that the world is gradually spotting our brilliance (ahem!). Two that we had not seen before are A Place to Hang your Cape and Comic Spectrum. Some choice highlights include :

"...here we have some of the most off-beat and crazy characters imaginable. Punk Sanderson is a seemingly never sober musician (in the Punk genre, funnily enough) who is obsessed with a band that, for legal reasons, has to be referred to as 'Tits N Arse'. Punk is the assistant of the Vicar, a music producer who is mostly drawn with his face appearing off-panel. Our two heroes find themselves drawn into a mystery involving famous singers, an airline called Sleazy Jet, and cafes called Coffeesucks.

The real world this ain't. Or as they put it "if you're expecting romance, you're reading the wrong book". Romance may not be in abundance here, but laughs certainly are.

...a look inside the British music industry, replete with large breasted women, copious amount of drinking & drugs, and capricious musical artists, just what I'd imagine the music industry is like!"

There is also a wonderful plug for Punk's videoblogs:

"...What I found that was phenomenal is a series of YouTube videos by "Punk Sanderson"...If you have any interest in music, comedy, or just plain great entertainment, click on the video and enjoy!"

We couldn't have put it better ourselves.

Posted on - 4 July 2014




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Cult Den Review

Thanks to Lydia who spotted this review of The Vicar Chronicles on the CultDen website. At the risk of inflating Punk's already inflated ego, the choice bits read as follows:

..."this isn't about a detective story, this is the Airplane of the music world, Monty Python's Life of Punk, if you will.

Punk Sanderson is a multi-talented artist. A video blogger, a musician (ok, a drummer), and graphic novelist. His name is changed because he would inevitably get sued for libel. He is a joke to some and hero to others and,whilst I don't know the guy personally, I am certainly edging more towards hero.

I loved this book. Two tales, 'The Mysterious Case of Billy's G String' and 'The Absurd Nonsense of the Orange Eyebrow ' that could be real life told humorously or fiction written strangely. Not for everyone's tastes, and I get why, but a superb take on the music industry I both admire and despise. I can't help but read it again and again.

Anyone who has spotted any other reviews, please let us know!

Posted on - 28 Apr 2014




Punk's Diary
Super Comic Convention

I've been crawling around on my hands and knees building display boards for the London Super Comic Convention, which starts tomorrow. Silly me - I thought I was a studio engineer not a carpenter (not knocking carpenters, who have far more useful skills than me, as I've spent the day discovering).

All ready for our big day out in the city - almost tempted to buy myself a Spiderman costume. Almost.

Posted on - 14 Mar 14




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Facebook Launch

We have finally launched on Facebook. Ben, Art God, has designed some auitable pages, and we now have pages for The Vicar Chronicles and also The Vicar Chronicles Graphic Novels on Facebook.

Please go like them!

Posted on - 11 Feb 2014




The Vicar's Diary
Songbook The Second Yes, yes, another album beckons. That wonderfully naive moment, when you begin with a blank canvas, and recreate that childish joy of throwing colour against an empty canvas (although hopefully now tempered by a modicum of experience and good taste).

First up for the Vicarious treatment is "The Reggae Song", a favourite from the Tall Pointy One's college days, followed by Under My Wing, which will need a special singer - maybe Passenger, as managed by David and Tim at IE. Although I suspect they will advise their artist to go nowhere near our left-field projects.

I have also found my feet tapping away to the chorus of The Rainbow in 5/4 (more accurately 4/4, with an extra beat's rest), so we shall see where that may go. Onward!

Posted on - 6 Jan 14




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Katgirl's Ghost and the Disappearing Discs

Punk Sanderson does it again! Another Vicar Chronicle has slipped effortlessly from his inventive pen.

A rockstar whose CDs go into the shops but never come out (but aren't there any more either), a goth girl with a ghost in her bedroom (and one really big surprise), and Punk's very own dotcom start-up.

Sounds like chaos as usual!

Posted on - 30 Oct 13




Punk's Diary
Back in the broom cupboard

Time for a new Vicar Chronicle apparently - so The Vicar has locked me back in the broom cupboard until it's finished.

God! That means a new plot, new characters, new jokes. What's wrong with the ones I've already written I ask. Hercule Poirot only ever had one plot (variations of).

btw. thanks for the various email of support. They make a lot of difference. Always good to know there are a few Punksters out there, who may actually read my drivel... (washing my mouth out with soap) - not drivel...fine literature - coming to a bookstore near you (hopefully)!

Posted on - 15 Aug 13




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Album of the month in Italy

The Vicar's Songbook #1 has been made ALBUM OF THE MONTH by Rockerilla magazine, hailing it as "the epitome of the English sound" and "an incredible acoustic light orchestra" in the manner of "George Martin, Phil Spector, Van Dyke Parks and Joe Boyd".

Not to be outdone, Italy's Jam Magazine gives a glowing four star review, describing The Vicar's album as "Delizioso".

The Italians like their Vicars!

Posted on - 23 Jul 13




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The Vicar launches in Japan

Not content with his recent success in London, The Vicar is launching in Japan. Ben Singleton (artist of the Graphic Novels) and his Dad, The Tall Pointy One are flying to Japan for a gruelling round of interviews, dinners, cocktail parties and first class plane travel. Hard work, but someone has to do it.

In fact, there are rumours that the Tall Pointy One treats his son in the same way as the Vicar treats Punk - making him fly in the back of the plane, while he himself reclines in luxury in the pointy end of the plane (maybe that's why he's called the tall Pointy One). Your intrepid reporter will try to find to find out if there is truth in the rumour.

Posted on - 1 June 13




Punk's Diary
Fabulastic Surround Playback at Dolby HQ

Woah! The playback of The Vicar songbook #1 was, well, just fabulastic (The Vicar didn't attend the playback, of course, but what would you expect).

Our compere for the day was the Tall Pointy One (that would be David Singleton to anyone who hasn't followed The Vocar's diaries) - and also JJ from Dolby - who described the album as the future of High Definition Music. Maybe The Vicar's not just a pretty face after all. If I work out how, I will upload some photos of all the various celebrities and super models who attended (the invitations also promised Susho on Naked Dancers, but i didn't spot either, although there was plenty of beer to quaff)

Anyway, I crept in, and it was fab do. So the album's well and truly launched. God bless this ship and all who sail in her.

Posted on - 4 May 13




Punk's Diary
Back in the broom cupboard

Time for a new Vicar Chronicle apparently - so The Vicar has locked me back in the broom cupboard until it's finished.

God! That means a new plot, new characters, new jokes. What's wrong with the ones I've already written I ask. Hercule Poirot only ever had one plot (variations of).

btw. thanks for the various email of support. They make a lot of difference. Always good to know there are a few Punksters out there, who may actually read my drivel... (washing my mouth out with soap) - not drivel...fine literature - coming to a bookstore near you (hopefully)!