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Nick Jones

Nick Jones (son of writer/broadcaster Max Jones) was hired by then editor Jack Hutton to join the Melody Maker as a junior reporter in March 1965 at the age of 16.

Hand delivered by Dad, he'd begun submitting live reviews to the MM's freelance desk of new bands playing the Marquee Club in London's Soho, where he got in free, upon his father's personal introduction to its manager, John Gee, with the words : "Keep an eye on him, John, and make sure he gets the last Tube home !" (This was damn trusting of Max, if you happened to hear of J.G's predilection for some members of the audience. But the club scene was nice and tight in those days and most Soho habitués had grown up together through "the jazz years" and they most definitely respected Max Jones of the Melody Maker).

Plumping for high energy R&B hairies like The Downliners Sect, Artwoods, Yardbirds, & T-Bones to supplement his pocket money and upgrade a well used drum kit (Nick discovered both Richard Thompson and Hugh Cornwell for his school band) it was a prescient, if truncated, review of a December 1964 night by an unknown The Who, which precipitated the MM's eventual offer of a full time gig. "The Bible" needed to complement its established dance band, folk, blues and jazz departments with coverage of these new bands.

Nick soon enjoyed close ties and interview sessions with musicians, movers and shakers of the era from both sides of the Atlantic, and he frequently hung out (as long as was sensible for a young teenager) with the Small Faces and The Who among many others. In a brief period he developed a vaguely stream-of-consciousness journalistic style which, although naïve, apparently resonated with key purveyors of the burgeoning underground and psychedelic music scene. Especially as such ramblings were being published in a respected, mainstream, and globally circulated newspaper.

The MM job lasted less than 3 years. Simply put, Nick turned on, tuned in, and dropped out. He moved into a Worlds End squat with close personal mod friends The Action (to become Mighty Baby), attended the first Glastonbury, and after 50 years immersion on the "indie" outskirts of the industry he has retired to pursue a passion for promoting local free gigs and running a Music and Arts charity based in a sunny seaside resort on England's South Coast.

© Nick Jones, October 2014

email contact: MaxJonesArchive@ aol.com 

photo: Nick Jones 1966 © Bobby Davidson/Max Jones Archive

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The 5th Dimension, The Beach Boys, Aretha Franklin, Moby Grape, Vanilla Fudge: The Week's New Singles: Beach Boys, 5th Dimension, Vanilla Fudge, Moby Grape, Aretha Franklin

Review by Nick Jones, Melody Maker, August 1967

Fresh Beach Boys for the summer months ...

The Action, Arthur Alexander: Arthur Alexander, London; The Action, Sussex

Live Review by Nick Jones, Melody Maker, April 1966

Arthur Alexander: Marquee Club, London ...

The Action: Shoreline Club, Bognor Regis

Live Review by Nick Jones, Melody Maker, September 1966

PLAYING TWO jumping sets at Bognor's Shoreline Club — one of the most switched-on scenes on the South Coast — the Action again proved that ...

The Action, Bluesology: Shoreline Club, Bognor Regis

Live Review by Nick Jones, Melody Maker, November 1966

BOGNOR REGIS' Shoreline Club offered sweet refuge from lashing seas and freezing winds last Saturday, as it reopened under the watchful eye and new musical ...

The Beach Boys, The Beatles, The Bee Gees, Buffalo Springfield, Country Joe & The Fish, Pink Floyd, Keith West: New Singles including The Beatles, Pink Floyd and Buffalo Springfield

Review by Nick Jones, Melody Maker, November 1967

STILL THE BEATLES OLD SOUL AND FEELING ...

The Beatles, George Harrison: Beatle George And Where He's At

Interview by Nick Jones, Melody Maker, December 1967

For many people, the Beatles have long passed the stage where they are merely a pop group. The first indication of this development was probably ...

Dave Berry, The Fortunes, Alan Price, Dusty Springfield: Dusty Springfield, The Alan Price Set, Dave Berry, The Fortunes: Finsbury Park Astoria, London

Live Review by Nick Jones, Melody Maker, October 1966

THE DUSTY Springfield tour opened last Tuesday at London's Finsbury Park Astoria with Dave Berry and the Fortunes filling the large gap vacated by the ...

Big Brother & The Holding Company, Buffalo Springfield, Captain Beefheart, Country Joe & The Fish, The Doors, Grateful Dead, Moby Grape: New Wave USA

Report by Nick Jones, Melody Maker, November 1967

NICK JONES SORTS OUT THE NEW U.S. SOUNDS ...

Booker T & The MGs, Arthur Conley, Eddie Floyd, Otis Redding, Sam & Dave, Carla Thomas: Otis Redding, Sam & Dave et al: Stax/Volt Revue Tour, Finsbury Park Astoria, London

Live Review by Nick Jones, Melody Maker, March 1967

STAX — THE RAVE SHOW TO END 'EM ALL ...

Paul Butterfield Blues Band: The Paul Butterfield Blues Band: Marquee Club, London

Live Review by Nick Jones, Melody Maker, November 1966

THE PAVEMENT outside and the hallway inside were deserted. London's Marquee Club appeared dead and empty. The attraction was the Paul Butterfield Blues Band from ...

The Byrds: Speakeasy, London

Live Review by Nick Jones, Melody Maker, March 1967

A SUSPICIOUS audience confronted the Byrds when they played their only gig, an informal affair at London's Speakeasy Club, last Tuesday — no doubt recollecting ...

Don Covay: Blaises Club, London

Live Review by Nick Jones, Melody Maker, April 1966

DON COVAY is another of the American soul singers at present on our shores. ...

Cream: Bruce Finds Himself via the Cream

Interview by Nick Jones, Melody Maker, November 1966

WELL THEY finally made it. The much publicised, talked-about, raved about, and listened to group — the Cream — are in the chart. ...

Cream: Clapton Revs Into A New Gear

Interview by Nick Jones, Melody Maker, October 1966

NICK JONES talks to the loner who came in from the cold. ...

Cream: Speakeasy Club, London

Live Review by Nick Jones, Melody Maker, August 1967

LONDON'S SPEAKEASY CLUB has been, as the fashionable columns would say, "in" for some time now. ...

Bob Dylan Today

Review by Nick Jones, Melody Maker, November 1967

Exclusive! Nick Jones listens to seven secret tapes ...

The Electric Prunes: Putting Electricity into the Electric Prunes

Interview by Nick Jones, Melody Maker, December 1967

THE Electric Prunes landed in Britain from the States last week to recharge the British club circuit with electricity — from natural sources. ...

Fairport Convention, The Incredible String Band, Pink Floyd, Tim Rose, Tomorrow: Pink Floyd, Incredible String Band, Tomorrow, Tim Rose, Fairport Convention: Saville Theatre, London

Live Review by Nick Jones, Melody Maker, October 1967

SUNDAY'S SAVILLE bill was most groovy, opening with the Fairport Convention who are beginning to find their way, followed by American Tim Rose who was ...

Frank Zappa, The Mothers Of Invention: Frank Zappa & The Mothers of Invention: Royal Albert Hall, London

Live Review by Nick Jones, Melody Maker, September 1967

MOTHERS — ALMOST A FREAK OUT, NOT A LOVE IN, DEFINITELY A SEND-UP! ...

Jimi Hendrix: With Jimi, The Music Is 3-D! The Jimi Hendrix Experience: Axis: Bold As Love (Track)

Review and Interview by Nick Jones, Melody Maker, December 1967

NICK JONES ON THE NEW HENDRIX LP ...

Herman's Hermits, Elvis Presley: Herman's Hermits: The Day Herman Met Elvis

Interview by Nick Jones, Melody Maker, August 1965

"He was so nice... just sort of walked in and said: Hello Herman" ...

The Hollies, Paul Jones, The Nashville Teens, Paul and Barry Ryan: The Hollies, Paul Jones, Paul & Barry Ryan, the Nashville Teens: ABC Cinema, Aldershot

Live Review by Nick Jones, Melody Maker, October 1966

FIRST DISAPPOINTMENT to tour-goers on Saturday evening was the tell-tale notice board in the foyer of Aldershot ABC. It stated the Small Faces were unable ...

Ike & Tina Turner: Ike and Tina Show Comes To Town — All Nineteen Of Them

Interview by Nick Jones, Melody Maker, October 1966

CARRYING a valet, two secretaries, the Ikettes — their three girl backing singers — two male singers Jimmy Thomas and Prince Albert, plus the Kings ...

The Incredible String Band: Incredible String Band: Incredible Incredibles

Profile and Interview by Nick Jones, Melody Maker, September 1967

AS THE beautiful, unrelenting success of their second album so justly affirms the Incredible String Band are something incredible. ...

The Mothers Of Invention, Frank Zappa: Frank Zappa: Meet the Boss Mother, Sussing Out Britain...

Interview by Nick Jones, Melody Maker, August 1967

IF AFFLUENCE and power is the Great American Dream, Frank Zappa is the Great American Nightmare. ...

The Move, Pink Floyd, The Who: The Who, The Move, Pink Floyd: The Roundhouse, Chalk Farm, London

Live Review by Nick Jones, Melody Maker, January 1967

Psychedelicamania at Roundhouse ...

The Move: On the Move

Profile by Nick Jones, Melody Maker, February 1967

NICK JONES GETS BEHIND THE TV-SMASHING MOVE IMAGE ...

The Move: Marquee Club, London

Live Review by Nick Jones, Melody Maker, October 1966

PSYCHEDELIC sounds came to London in a new — and explosive — dimension, as the Move continued their Thursday night residency at the Marquee Club ...

The Move: The Speakeasy, London

Live Review by Nick Jones, Melody Maker, December 1966

MIDST OF A smog of smoke bombs, smashed TV sets, smashed people, and the psychedelic decor — well, who would settle for anything else — ...

The Move, Pink Floyd: Who's Psychedelic Now? MM Inquiry by Chris Welch and Nick Jones

Interview by Nick Jones, Chris Welch, Melody Maker, January 1967

SPOTLIGHT ON THE PINK FLOYD AND THE MOVE ...

Robert Parker: Hit Making Tenor Man

Interview by Nick Jones, Melody Maker, October 1966

'COLTRANE MY INFLUENCE' SAYS ROBERT PARKER ...

Pink Floyd, Soft Machine, Tomorrow: Pink Floyd, Soft Machine et al: The 14 Hour Technicolor Dream, Alexandra Palace, London

Live Review by Nick Jones, Melody Maker, May 1967

TECHNICOLOUR DREAM STIRS UNDERGROUND ...

Pink Floyd: Freaking Out with the Pink Floyd

Report and Interview by Nick Jones, Melody Maker, April 1967

BEING ASKED to interview the Pink Floyd is an ordeal I would have wished only on my worst enemies. I was shaking like a leaf ...

Pink Floyd: All Saints Church Hall, London

Live Review by Nick Jones, Melody Maker, October 1966

LAST FRIDAY the Pink Floyd, a new London group, embarked upon their first "happening" — a pop dance incorporating psychedelic effects and mixed media — ...

Procol Harum: Procol Harum (Regal Zonophone)

Review by Nick Jones, Melody Maker, August 1967

Worried about Procol Harum? Just wait till you hear this! ...

Simon & Garfunkel: Royal Albert Hall, London

Live Review by Nick Jones, Melody Maker, March 1967

TWO people, one guitar, gave a concert of overwhelming beauty, compassion, and entertainment at London's vast Royal Albert Hall, last Saturday, where enormous crowds flocked ...

Smashing Pumpkins: Fuck Off... We're From CHICAGO!

Interview by Nick Jones, Spiral Scratch, January 1992

"ISN'T THIS where The Beatles grew up?" inquires Billy Corgan from the stage of the Underworld club in London's Camden Town. His 4-piece Chicago band ...

Stevie Wonder: The In Place, London

Live Review by Nick Jones, Melody Maker, January 1966

FIFTEEN-YEAR-OLD Stevie Wonder is already a mature performer, and no mean raver. He has a far from diminutive voice, great charm, and a lot of ...

The Supremes: Tamla Blueprints

Interview by Nick Jones, Melody Maker, September 1966

WITH THE Supremes at No 6 in the Pop 50 after a rapid climb, all the signs are that we're in for a sustained attack from ...

Tomorrow Are Saying It Today

Profile and Interview by Nick Jones, Melody Maker, September 1967

"QUICKLY BECOMING the latest rave" is the kind of statement most groups, especially the unknown ones, would dearly like to hear echoing in their egos. ...

Tomorrow: U.F.O.: Who Killed Flower Power?

Report and Interview by Nick Jones, Melody Maker, October 1967

U.F.O. the Flower power mecca has closed. Did it die a natural death — or was it murdered? And if it was... ...

Traffic: Saville Theatre, London

Live Review by Nick Jones, Melody Maker, September 1967

AFTER CENTURIES in hibernation Traffic left their country womb last Sunday to make their debut at London's Saville Theatre, and certainly in potentiality they must ...

The Walker Brothers, Scott Walker: The Walker Brothers: Walker Plans

Interview by Nick Jones, Melody Maker, May 1967

AFTER THE SPLIT: NICK JONES PINPOINTS THREE NEW CAREERS ...

The Who: The Price of Pop Art — The Who Count the Cost

Report by Nick Jones, Melody Maker, August 1965

THE WHO stand firmly for pop art. By their terms, pop art means how they behave and dress both on and off stage. On stage, ...

The Who: Marquee Club, London

Live Review by Nick Jones, Melody Maker, January 1965

"THE WHO", appearing each Tuesday at Lon­don's Marquee Club, should be billed not only as "Maximum R&B" but as "Far-out R&B." ...

Stevie Wonder: It's Not Such a Drag Being Blind

Interview by Nick Jones, Melody Maker, October 1967

STEVIE WONDER, here for a tour of Britain, talks to NICK JONES ...

Stevie Wonder: Mr Harmonica Man

Interview by Nick Jones, Melody Maker, January 1966

"STEVIE'S GOT A Monster," scream the adverts in American papers. They are referring, of course, to his hit record, 'Uptight (Everything's Alright)' which looks like ...

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