The book launch went better than I could hoped. About half an hour before it was due to kick off Sean B thought it would be good if we had some mood music playing as the punters arrived. I offered to nip around the corner to Border’s and get some Crim in. I was happy getting out of there; my nerves getting the better of me. I was convinced nobody would turn up.
I left the shop –
Realising that I was spending too long in the shop I get Court and Lark and head back round the corner to see a massive queue out of the shop door. Feel elated and greatly relieved. Inside some Crims have arrived. A gentle chaos ensues in the tight cramped space of the shop. We wait for John Wetton but time is getting on and the crowd is very restless. Just as we decide to start the Giles Brothers go AWOL. After an age I go to find them and drag them back in. We start. Short speech from me; the usual bollocks no doubt. Publicly thank Sean H and Chris W.
I’m touched the people who’ve turned up. My mother and my sister and her family; she married an old school mate of mine, Bernard. We used to listen to Crimson together all those years ago. Chris Taberham is also down from
Afterwards we head over to a bar off Tottenham Court Road; v.noisy, v.silly. I get v.drunk. People saying nice things to me. David C.v.v.pissed. Back to Highgate high as a kite. Kimber is funny and brilliant in Bengal Berties. Debbie and I laugh and splutter through the food. Crimed out, cream-crackered but very happy that it’s gone so well.