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. Hey Thom, I don’t see an email address for you so I will just leave a comment.You may already know about these song maps from My Modern Map, but just in case you don’t, here’s the link:
    And also, you might enjoy the book Year Zero by Rob Reid, which is about how all the aliens in the universe love our music, and have been pirating it, and have figured out that they owe us the whole wealth of the universe. But of course they would rather not pay, so the solution is to trick us into destroying ourselves first. I don’t want to put two links in one comment or it may go to your spam folder — just things I have seen recently that I thought you might like!

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  2. Today I’m so moved by your 11/11/11 tribute and now your whole website. I appreciate your responses to my blogs, these days my WordPress problems keep me from responding or even liking. My current caretaking responsibilities preclude doing much writing—it’s on the back burner. Hope to get organized enough also for music, how generous you are to make your extensive website available! When young I did piano, choirs, listening and enjoying, but not nearly enough!. Now my North Carolina grandkids do outstanding renditions of country bluegrass—banjo, mandolin, guitar, and I must explore that too
    So I’ll try again to say thanks, Thom!

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