I'm now in Bangkok - flew via Singapore - which made
me think of an old friend from there... Staying at the
Metropolitan. It's surprisingly nice, great rooms and
GREAT bathrooms. I'm a hotel snob - nice to be somewhere
They're having a huge party for New Year here - looking
forward to it with something Danish...
I was meant to go to Thailand for Christmas Day...
I've had a load of emails from people asking if I'm
okay, which is really nice - thank you everybody.
Been a really sunny three days, but cold.
Went up to the Selfridges sale yesterday, it was insane...
The only thing I wanted (a pair of sunglasses) wasn't
in the sale, of course...
I did a portrait of Peter Makowski as a Christmas
present. 'Please make me look young for the bar
girls', he begged. I've tried... Peter is still
going to Thailand - I must point out we are not
going together or for the same reason!
Been watching the news about Thailand - I'm still planning
on going - if not I'll go to LA, everyone I know is
going there... apart from Peter.
Merry Christmas... Well, you have to say it, don't
you? A sunny day - go to Box Hill with Danielle and
Jonathan, friends of mine who are over from LA - they
like it... I'm cold but I take some photos, strange
to think last year I was in the valley of Py...
Drive up to the Kings Road, it's empty, to pick up
my friend Gordon...
They all cook and I do nothing... Danielle fixes the
volume on my ipod (I now love her). Rex King comes over
to say hello - he has two flat tires.
Get a good book from Oliver - Places To See Before
You Die - most apt...
Christmas Eve - haven't had one of these in England
for a while. Half of me doesn't mind it, the other half
loathes it... Up at 7am for no real purpose...
Peter Makowski has sent me When The Last Sword Is Drawn
for Christmas - a Japanese film I wanted - so he does
have slight redeeming features... And I got from Japan
the Who, Paul Weller and Aerosmith from the stadium
shows in the summer on DVD...
Can't decide what to do today, probably go to London
for a wander... Decide to pamper myself, have a manicure
and a pedicure. Better than sex... Well, almost!
Do the usual Christmas running around. Go to the Apple
shop in Regent Street, my ipod isn't very loud - the
wanker sales manager of the Genius Department tells
me in the UK you can only get ipod's at half volume.
In America you can get full volume - there's nothing
he can do... Soooooooooooo, don't buy an ipod in the
See Scarlet Page for a coffee in Convent Garden - we're
both escaping on the 28th...
Billy Gibbons has sent me a very nice signed poster
for Christmas from Los Angeles...
Wake up feeling like I have concrete pressing down
on my chest, lots of it...
Meet Jimmy Page in London to look at some artwork.
We go to do a bit of Christmas shopping in Bond Street
- run into Noel Gallagher who's just come back from
See a B&O tv I like until I realise it's only £20,000...
Come home - still ill and feeling full of suffering,
so watch The Passion Of Christ (I got it in Thailand).
It's like a horror film - the Romans act like Millwall
fans, the Jews are the Nazis, Lucifer looks and acts
like Maynard in Tool and JC is wandering around with
half of his flesh hanging off... It's the most pious
propaganda film for the Catholic church you'll ever
see. Paul Brannigan told me it's his favourite film,
'I've seen it twenty times... I cry every time - I'm
going to watch it twice on Christmas Day...'
Went to Nobu last night, had a very nice night out
care of Dragan, who insisted on ordering the food and
the apple martinis. My friend Danielle got so wasted
she fell down the restaurant steps and has no recollection
of getting home... She was, as they say down under,
gargled... Or, as Paul Brannigan would say in a slurred
Woke up this morning feeling worse - give in and go
to the doctor. I've got bronchular pneumonia - how nice
Meet my friend and spiritual trainer Mie at Heathrow.
She's in transit from LA on the way to Cape Town, to
find love and inner peace etc. Well, she is from LA...
Come home and feel, for want of a better word, fucked...
Spend the evening doing nothing. Still listening to
Cactus - the boogie ELP (it goes on and on) - and the
Who, Holland '72 - a great Magic Bus...
I'm still ill - yes, I like feeling sorry for myself.
Got a new camera lens I've been waiting for, it knocks
everything out of focus. Spend a very sunny Sunday morning
playing with it...
Read an article in The Guardian that Bhutan has banned
smoking - fantastic, I may move there...
Watched The Long Firm on dvd - I'd read the book -
not bad. The book was more violent.
Book my trip to Thailand then get offered work on January
2,3 and 4... Typical... Uggghhhh, feeeeeeeeel ill..........
Woke up this morning only to find that I have completely
lost my voice (I know this will make a lot of people
Watched Train last night, featuring Gong Li - she is
stunning for someone my age... It's sad and enlightening
at the same time.
It's raining and shitty today and I have loads to do
- go to High Wycombe, London etc. All I want to do is
go back to bed...
Phil Alexander has given me Cactus 'Live In Memphis
1971'. Lots of jamming but no songs, bit like BBA -
still I like it and it annoys people...
Go to London to see the Proud Gallery about a possible
Who exhibition next year...
Go on to visit Phillip Alexander at Emap Metro... Run
into Paul Brannigan coming out of the lift full of Xmas
cheer and trying to walk straight. I introduce him to
Peter Makowski and tell him that he was a journalist
before Paul was born. 'Grand' he says, reeking of Guinness...
I ask Paul what he's doing for New Year. 'Drinking of
course', he says. No, I mean for the holiday. 'Oh',
he thinks for a minute, 'I'm off to Japan with my wife
and daughter, Yuki. She's going to study Buddhism then
stay with her grandparents. Then I'm off to Thailand.
What time does Scruffy Murphy's open over there???'
10 am I think. 'Grand' he smiles. Sadly he arrives the
day I leave... So if you're on holiday in Phuket and
you see a very burnt Irishman, talking to himself and
singing rebel anthems, be sure to say hello...
Paul's not looking forward to the Kerrang Xmas do...
'It will all be cakes and sweets - none of them are
old enough to drink!' I sympathise. The editor is a
prize child and idiot. The only editor of a music magazine
who doesn't know anything about rock and doesn't like
it. He's also the singer of some rubbish alternative
band... Kerrang - Planet Rock? Come on.
See Phil. He's got the new Mars Volta Cd - he won't
give it to me as he has to review it for Mojo. 'Give
Anton the PR a call, everybody's got a copy', says Phil...
I do - 'What do you want it for?', Anton enquires. To
listen to, they're my favourite band!' I can't, I can't...
I'll have to ask management.' I point out that he's
given it to everyone else...' I can't', he protests
in his dull Northern tone. I'll bear this in mind the
next time he wants something...
Phil tells me that he asked Rich Robinson if he called
me (he played in London a couple of nights ago). Rich
says things got weird between The Black Crowes and me
as I was very friendly with Jimmy Page during 'Live
At The Greek'. Rich obviously forgot to tell Phil that
the Crowes stiffed me and didn't pay for the album artwork
(whereas Jimmy did)... Don't they forget quickly...
Geoff Barton has emailed me - 'Don't forget Van Der
Graff Generator!' He also informed me that he had bought
Melanie's Stoneground Words on Ebay. 'It remains a classic',
Before I forget, Mojo have done a great feature on
the Hendrix book in the January edition...
Felt run down all day - hope I don't get the flu...
Ted Cummins, old school PR and ex-friend of Metallica,
calls sounding very exasperated - I'm meant to be going
to Berlin this weekend to shoot Rammstein. He tells
me 'It's only three songs, you can't have more than
the German photographers...' I thought we won the war!
It's not my fault that they grew up in East Germany
and had to learn Russian. Fuck it! I'm not going - bunch
of teutonic plonkers...
Peter Makowski arrives bearing bad news. He's spoken
to Geoff Barton today. They were talking about the old
days, getting very tearful recalling when they worked
at Sounds together ('Music Is The Message'). This was
before I was born... Peter horrified me by revealing
that Geoffrey's favourite artistes were Melanie and
Pete Hammill - Classic Rock indeed!! I remember when
I first met Peter, Geoffrey's words were 'You will be
bad for each other.' He was right!
My other shock was when Oliver cooked Peter and I dinner...
Peter wants to watch Train, with the very lovely Gong
Li, but I'm too tired so we're going to watch it tomorrow.
Christ, we sound like an old couple...
Found out I may have some work in LA next week... Ughhhhhhhhh!
The postman brings loads of Christmas cards
- I feel guilty as I haven't sent any... Also
got the new issue of Precious - more pleasant
to look at than rock stars...
Get a great Faces single from my mate Nori in
Japan and a Who cd of Amsterdam/Rotterdam 1972
- it's soundboard, you forget how good they were...
Found a news piece in Record Collector on the
Really cold today - I know it's December but I still
seem to think it's August...
Shoot the Kings Of Leon again, it's hard to shoot
as they are very static. It's a rock star night
out, Mick Jagger, Chrissy Hynde - looking very
old... I feel like a teenager.....
Go for a pizza after with my date. In the Kings Road
run into Leslie 'Loonie' Frazer and Sian Thomas, important
Universal Music person, who both promise to send me
Went to Bazza's Christmas party - at Bansted Mental
Hospital. They had a Santa bearing gifts... Bazza and
his New Zealand boyfriend Peter Bell thought they'd
both won the Christmas raffle "We're on the racket
!!" they screamed. I decided it was better to leave
them to it...
Headed off to see the Kings of Leon at Brixton Academy
with the marginally more racket-free Benny... Not bad
to shoot. The light show got better as the show went
on, shot mainly black and white.
Couldn't sleep last night, got up at 4 and 5am...
Decided to have a haircut - home just in time for
the postman. Got 'Burrn' magazine from Japan, which
has a nice Ozzy cover of mine, and the rock bible
Classic Rock. It has a feature on the death of
Metallica's Cliff Burton, on the cover there is
a photo of Hetfield taken 10 years after the event
- what brain surgeon did the cover? Shouldn't it
have been a picture of Cliff... There's even a
feature on Europe (yawn). Must read what Joey Tempest
is up to... Saw an ad that Waysted are back - back
Have decided to spend Christmas in England and I hate
Christmas. But I'm off to Thailand for the New Year...
Cleaned my house - well, fumigated it, as Pete's been
Nearly forgot - there's a great review of
the Aerosmith dvd in Classic Rock, with my photos.
Had to run around London today doing errands....
Jack Kent called to very nicely tell me there is one
of my photos and an article on the Proud exhibition
in the new Arena... He then thanked me for inviting
him to dinner last night (I hadn't).
Spoke to Mick Wall who very busy working on his Dimebag
Darrell biography. It's out this Sunday and he claims
that it's heavier than a Mexican earthquake...
Peter showed me pictures of his Thai sweetheart and
her friend. Kazuyo, who examined these closely remarked,
'Why does he like men...?' Before I forget, John Bionelli
phoned me and was pining for Kazuyo... He likes a big
woman. He was with Joe Perry in LA.
Going to watch 2046 again this evening with Peter so
he can see what real women look like...
Woke up to the news about Dimebag Darrell -
I took quite a lot of pictures of him, he wasn't
the most intelligent human being, but he WAS always
nice which counts for a lot in this business...
He would always try to get you to do a shot of
Jack Daniels with him. I'll put up some photos
of the Cowboy From Hell...
My lab Bayeux has made a great inkjet print of Pete
Townshend throwing his guitar... I was blown away
(wrong word today - sorry). It's up at the Blink
gallery in Poland Street from Monday. Also did a
nice nude one of that other Mensa member Nikki Sixx
- they're back !!!!!!!!!!!!!! - according to Nikki...
Had dinner last night with Jimmy Page, Peter Makowski
and Wilfred Wright - it was a bit like the firm's Christmas
dinner... Bazza was going to come but his wife wouldn't
let him out... Had a very nice time.
Found a couple of rolls of Rammstein I'd left
in my camera bag, including the bit where the
singer cooks the keyboard player in a pot...
And went through a Def Leppard file and found
some pictures of Steve Clark I like.
I'm supposed to go to LA at the weekend - but I'm going
off the idea as it clashes with Berlin and I'd only
go for two days...
Here's the American Airlines Aerosmith cover.
I quite like it and they credit me...
Spend a boring morning at Basle airport. Fly back
into City Airport. Spend three hours getting home -
longer than the flight... Seems like the day is wasted...
Barton has - much to my amazement - written something
for the site... It's a very serious piece of writing
so you may need a dictionary to decipher it... Thank
I'm trying to talk him into seeing Rammstein
in Berlin next week as I spend the evening sorting
through Rammstein photos...
I'm flying out on a prop - that should be fun - can't
wait, Sunday in Basle everything closed... Fly out of
the City Airport which is very strange, right next to
the Millennium Dome and on the Thames...
Shoot the sky in black and white over Luxembourg, get
into Basle at 5.30pm. It's FREEZING - uuugh...
Rammstein are on early, it's Sunday. The light show
is huge...In 'Mein Teil' the keyboard player gets cooked
in a pot with a flamethrower... This is the best show
I've seen in ages - it makes Kiss look like a club show...
As they 'Blitzkrieg' through 'Rammstein', the singer
now has two flamethrowers on his arms! It ends with
a cover of 'Stripped' by Depeche Mode... I could happily
shoot this every night....
The Sunday Express magazine has a feature on
the Proud Icon show, where I'm quoted completely
out of context... The best bit is about Ozzy where
I talk about his burglary - amazing as the interview
was done three weeks before it happened... Well,
I get two pages on me so I should stop moaning
- but it says I'm represented by Rex Features,
I'm NOT... It's Idols!
I have the cover of American Airlines in-flight magazine
for December with Aerosmith - haven't seen it yet...
Last night after a fun hour in Tesco's I decide to
give up on my run, it's too cold... Stay in read and
see U2 on tv - I HATE U2 - got to admit they came across
as very nice people, even Bono (stupid name). My phone
rings at 11pm, it's Bazza. 'We're on it !!!' he proclaims.
He is as usual completely out of it... 'I've got the
RACKET and we're going out' - I don't think so - ' Alright,
I'm on my own! I'm walking the dogs...' He then tells
me he's taking a week off as he's got so much money
- he might even spend it...
Wake up to a very cold but nice sunny day - I'm off
to London. Have lunch with my friend Gordon Gheller,
who works for Yves St Laurent. He used to work for Prada,
which I much prefer...
My ipod isn't working which is driving me crazy. Go
to the new Apple store on Regent Street - they have
a help counter. The service is exceptional - without
any complaints they offer to replace my ipod for a new
one. I got my one in Miami (I was in a electronic store
and the owner saw my Aerosmith pass and offered to swap
an ipod for two tickets!)... Nice to see great service.
I was going to Selfridge's, but there were too many
people to deal with on Oxford Street - give up head
Get home to find out I'm going to Basle in Switzerland
(probably the most boring country on earth) for Rammstein
The Independent magazine cover story is The
50 best Christmas gifts for men - No. 28 is my
Had an e-mail from Japan pointing out it's spelt manko
It's freeeeeeeeeeezing at home and I'm off to Prague,
which is going to be colder, for... Rammstein.
Sooooooooooooo after rushing to Heathrow (I'm always
late for airports) BA have cancelled the flight... The
rest are sold out. I queue up for ages to get my eticket
printed by some typical snotty-nosed BA person. I notice
lots of signs about assaults on staff... I'm not surprised,
they're a bunch of elitist cunts (or monko as they say
in Japan - just read that on the Q magazine letters
page)... I then have to run to Terminal 2 to try to
get on Czech Air. Air France are the ticket desk for
this - if you or I think BA are snotty, I'd forgotten
why we hate the French... I have no bags to check on,
it's 50 minutes until the flight leaves, they say you
have to be here an hour before - sooooooooooooo Nooooooooooo,
you cannot get on the flight... Fuck it, I'm going home,
what a waste of a day... Leave the airport just in time
for rush hour - must be my Karma...
I'm going for a run - or to Tesco's...
The Proud gallery Icons show - I'd never been
to the gallery in Camden Town, it was quite impressive...
Saw a lot of people I haven't seen in years, including
Paul Slattery and Jill Furmanovsky... And Matt
'Jack' Kent and his new boyfriend, Brian, who'd
just come from an audition for the Kings Of Leon.
Kazuyo (who works for me) was so drunk she could
hardly speak English... She keeps trying to get
me to go out with her friend Ryoko, shouting 'She
likes youuuuuuuuuuu - you're in, my son!' etc...
She learnt her English from Jack... The DJ was
playing '70's stuff.
Also saw the very lovely Emma Cheong and spoke
to someone even nicer and Danish. I had a great
time - it was very enjoyable...
It's cold today and, since it's December, I've
put up a snow picture from my garden - just to
make you feel cold too... Had a couple of lith
prints made of Bali that I like - so as it's cold
here they are to remind you where it's nice and
My sales page has expanded and is up and running -
you can get sets of postcards, all mixed (I'm going
to do a set of travel postcards next), plus a Ross Halfin
t-shirt - and you can still buy prints. If you click
on the Buy links you go to a company called Zoot Fruit
who sell various other things as well. Please don't
email me about the other things for sale as they are
nothing to do with my site....check
I'm gonna update my bio page next week as it's boring
and out of date...
The Q Icons show opens at the Proud gallery in Camden
on Friday... Go and have a look!!!
A friend of mine has asked if I'm going to put up any
travel photos from Prague... I'll see, Eastern Europe
doesn't exactly inspire me and it's cold...