thanks to Digger for letting us have an excerpt!
If you could create a fantasy British sixties supergroup of people
living or dead, who would be in it?
Eric: My Fantasy Group............ they already existed, they were
called "The Beatles" Great Writers, who else could come
up with so many Weird and Wonderful and commercial songs. Superb
Voices (all of them) great guitar from George, Superb Drumming from
Ringo, who was seriously under-rated. All other so called 'Super
Groups' that followed paled into insignificance when compared. The
chemistry of a band is certainly not achieved by putting the best
Can you describe the atmosphere in Britain in the sixties. What
made it such a creative place at that time?
Eric: The atmosphere was 'ELECTRIC', Britain was so creative in
the 60's, because, for the first time in history, young people were
able to make and create their own careers in fashion, music, architecture,
paintings etc etc, and the explosion was devastating for the 'Establishment'
who took years to recover from the shock. The Pill, and a more relaxed
attitude to soft drugs also played their part.
Do you think music reflects the time and society it comes from or
does it have the power to change things?
In the 50/60/70's music certainly did change things socially, things
were freed up tremendously, sacred cows were slaughtered, but from
the 80's, music in general has been a good reflection of things
getting more and more violent in the UK, the Punk era started it,
and it went downhill from there as far as I am concerned. TV these
days should be called "ShoutoVision". There are of course
some people making good thought-provoking music all the time but
get any airplay these days, most radio stations are seriously "In
your Face Man" and seriously Boring. Have you listened to Radio
You spend a lot of time in France. Please tell us about that if
Eric: I have loved France for over 30 years, I have travelled
all around it, and it is still quite unspoiled for the most part,
some of it is in a lovely time warp ( somebody said the Dordogne
is like Kent was 300 years ago ). It is of course a big place, 4
times bigger than the UK with slightly less people, so one feels
a little less claustrophobic. Good food is of course a way of life
for the French, and its hard to find bad food or bad service there,
The wine is very good too, even with new world wines getting better,
the French wines are still the best.
What are your favourites sixties albums and singles?
Eric: Favourite 60's album, "Revolver", Single, "Strawberry
Can you describe your career so far in a sentence?
Eric: I am one very lucky man who lived and took part in the most
exciting time in music history and, if I made a few people happier
with my music, I am a very rich man.
of this site in America's Entertainment Weekly
"Shagadelic" doesn't even begin to describe this Union Jack-filled
tribute to swinging London and the British Invasion during the very
gear '60s. Amateur pop historian David "Digger" Barnes has compiled
scads of fab facts about the era's stars, tunes, flicks, and TV
shows, then topped off the mix with his own interviews of such personalities
as Herman's Hermits' Peter Noone and the Animals' Hilton Valentine.
Yeah, baby!" -Caren Weiner Campbell, grade: A
website is: WWW.SIXTIESPOP.COM
An excellent website where you will find lots more regarding the
swinging 60s! Go to the Star Interviews section to find the full
interview with Eric and some great photos of those Mindbending days.