ThomThom Hickey one of the blessed 50s baby boomer generation, was born in London into an Irish family and formally educated at catholic schools and Cambridge University.  More importantly he was informally educated by the BBC, The Observer, The New Statesman and The New Yorker.  His music professors were radio giants Charlie Gillett, John Peel and Emperor Rosko. The print columns of Richard Williams, Ian MacDonald and Tony Russell were religiously read and annotated.

Further intensive study was conducted at the Hammersmith Odeon, the Hope and Anchor, the 100 Club, Ronnie Scott’s and the Rainbow. Many investment portfolios were foresworn in favour of sourcing recorded treasures from the hallowed halls of HMV, Colletts, Tower and Virgin Records and mail order outfits galore.

He has a continuing belief that you can never watch too many Westerns or Ken Burns documentaries, read enough biographies about Samuel Beckett or Buster Keaton and that there is always just one more Bob Dylan bootleg he needs.

To finance his obsessions he has worked in financial recruitment, as a charity campaigner and been a senior investigator into complaints about the NHS.  He now lives deep in the Surrey woods with his beautiful wife, graceful daughter and inspirational son.

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  1. Thom,

    You’ve got a great thing going here!

    I hope this finds you doing well.

    I see you have been a follower of “A Way With Words.” Great! Thank you.

    We have now transformed into, “Delight in Disorder: Faith & Mental Illness” ( I hope you will join us there. On the left sidebar, there is a box (below “Get More Delight”) for subscriptions so you can get the most of our mission.

    Take care & God bless,

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  2. Hi there – Just noticed you had left quite a few likes on my blog this morning so thanks for dropping by. Feel free to leave a comment at some point however as I’d be interested to know what you think of my “take” on blogging about specific songs. For the record, I only started in January last year and I think it was a good 6 months before I discovered this fine place so was in no way copying any aspect of it – I did start off calling my blog The Jukebox Time Machine (still the domain) as it did seem a good name for randomly plucking records out from the vast back catalogue that is “the tracks of my years”. Soon felt just a bit too Dr Who-ish however so made a change. You definitely have picked an excellent name for what is done here. Amazing how much can be written about a single song once you dissect its history, provenance and any associated trivia – And, of course, we can never, ever run out of material!

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  3. Hi Thom. I thought it was about time I wrote to you as you are always kind enough to be picking out stuff from my blog for a like. You often find stuff I’ve forgotten and and wonder why you picked it. Then I read it and think – Oh!! that wasn’t so bad. Anyway thanks a lot for your support. James

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