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The Brian Jones Fan Club magazine

The AfterMath editorial team comprised Trevor Hobley, Pat Andrews, John MacGillivray and Richard Hattrell. The format of the magazine is A5 in size and each issue contains a minimum of 36 pages all professionally printed in black and white with inner and outer front and rear covers, and the centre four pages all being in full colour.

Each issue includes articles particularly relevant to Brian written and researched by the editorial team together with articles and letters contributed by members. Regular features include 'Inside Track' profiling member's likes, dislikes and thoughts on Brian and the Stones and 'Tell Me', questions to Pat Andrews about her life and experiences with Brian in those early days.

rc feb frontA review of AfterMath in the February 2004 'Record Collector' magazine observes: "The first issue of this colourful A5 40-pager contains plenty of moderately decent period pics of the late, great Brian et al, there's a peer into the fateful 1969 night when he died – the circumstances of which remain hotly disputed to this day – and the drugs turmoil of the late 60's is recalled in fascinating detail. Police investigations, with period news clippings, a breakdown of 'Ruby Tuesday, a meeting with Mick Taylor, coverage of the Blue Plaque ceremony and a Q & A with Brian's partner Pat all figure, making for an informative, historical read".

After reviewing AfterMath # 1, Jaap Hoeksma, Editor of 'Shattered', probably the Rolling Stones 'most official' fanzine wrote to us: "I just want to say what a wonderful job you've all done! The layout, the print job, the colour photo's and of course the stars of any magazine – the articles - so praise all around, which we will also give in the next issue of Shattered".

Details about the availabilty together with a review of AfterMath also gained space in the 'Blues In Britain' magazine, the popular and definitive guide to what's happening in the blues scene in the UK.

Although the AfterMath magazines have proved informative and creative over the years, unfortunately issue # 12 was the final magazine in the series. In 2008 it became apparent that there was very little on-going support for a fan club; it seemed that as more information became freely available on the internet, including dedicated message boards, the more people didn’t need a fan club and with the very few rejoins it became financially impossible to carry on producing and printing the hard copy magazines.

Although no longer in production, Aftermath's number 1 through 12 are all available and should you wish to obtain any of them please visit our on-line shop. 

AfterMath # 1

AfterMath Magazine 1Our first attempt at producing a magazine didn't go without incident but what a tremendous response we had after distribution. By far the biggest reaction from the magazine was to John MacGillivray's article 'Through The Past Darkly' the Fan Clubs ongoing research into the truth behind the death of Brian Jones. Since distribution this fifteen page article has generated new leads into the circumstances surrounding Brian's death and we will bring more news as and when we can. Elsewhere in the magazine, Brenda Hilt from Canada gave a great insight into one of Mick Taylor's 2003 gigs and Pat Andrews answered some pretty searching questions about Brian which has encouraged others to write, making this section of AfterMath a great feature of the magazine. Our first 'Inside Track' featured long time Stones fan from Bristol, Nick Momber and a report on Brian's recognition by his home town peers, by way of a Blue Plaque on his childhood home 'Rosemead' is recorded in detail together with photographs from the day.

Thanks to Gered Mankowitz and David Thomson for allowing us access to their pictorial archives.

AfterMath # 2

AfterMath Magazine 2The second issue of AfterMath generated another great response from our Members with some commenting that we had achieved an even higher standard than the previous issue. We've set a precedent that's going to be hard to maintain but with the support we're receiving, especially from Members contributions - we intend the trend to be ever upward. Issue # 2 features a lengthy article on the BBC's new quiz series 'History Hunt' which aired on Friday 17th October 2003. Brian Jones and Cheltenham were the subjects of this particular episode and Pat Andrews made an appearance in the old Daffodil Cinema, often frequented by herself and Brian. Our second 'Inside Track' featured Brian's former flatmate David Thomson from Glasgow and Pat's question and answer feature once again proved a big hit with our readers. In February 2004 a new biography hit the book shops, simply titled 'Brian Jones' and written by acclaimed 'popular music' author Alan Clayson - this bio is reviewed in AfterMath # 2 as is Bill Wyman's tome 'Rolling With The Stones'. John MacGillivray reviews the Stones '40 Licks' double CD and John Kirkham and John MacGillivray's 2002 interview with Bill Wyman also features.

Thanks to Gered Mankowitz and Bill Wyman for allowing us access to their pictorial archives.

AfterMath # 3

AfterMath Magazine 3The feedback from our Members is that this is the best issue yet. As well as our regular articles we've introduced a couple of new, on-going features. Dick Hattrell's first 'Blues Collection' introduces us to Robert Johnson, an incredible influence on Brian in the late fifties - future notables will include Muddy Waters, Sonny Boy Williamson, Howlin' Wolf and of course Elmore James - the bluesman who was mainly responsible for Brian introducing bottleneck/slide guitar into the musical arena of the early sixties. We've started 'From The Archives', a look at the music press from the sixties, this issue concentrates on 1964 and AfterMath # 4 will look at what was happening in 1967. Brenda Hilt reviews John Mayall's 70th birthday gig and new member Rob Weingartner contributes a great article on collecting Stones memorabilia. There's a review of the video 'The Rolling Stones – The First Decade' from John MacGillivray and a new feature organised by John is a quiz section with a prize that is quite unique. Brian's guitars and musical talents are featured quite prominently and sadly, the passing of Brian's Cotchford Farm housekeeper and friend Mary Hallett is acknowledged in a centre spread report.

Thanks to Gered Mankowitz and Paul Wane at Tracks for allowing us access to their pictorial archives.

AfterMath # 4

AfterMath Magazine 4More great feedback from Members as Issue # 4 was distributed; many commenting favourably on the extra four pages as editorial content outstripped space and with no room for Quiz Corner in this issue, the set of questions from John Mac had to be added as a supplement to the fanzine. AfterMath # 4 marked the end of our first year's production of the Fan Club's magazine and we thank everybody for their support and their kind comments as each booklet was received. This issue's front and rear cover pics are from the Gered Mankowitz 1966 'Between The Buttons' photo shoot and inside the covers there's a comprehensive review of Gered's current Photo Alchemy exhibition at the Snap Gallery in Birmingham. The exhibition runs through 18th September and is a must see for any Stones fan who can get along to the gallery. The life and death of Ray Charles is reported by Dick Hattrell in his 'Blues Collection' series and John MacGillivray's comprehensive recall of the Chess Sessions is well supported by an article by Rob Weingartner who made the trip to Chicago to tour the building which originally housed the legendary recording studio. John's second article in this issue details his trip to Aberdeen for the annual Scottish Triptych Festival during which Andrew Loog Oldham screened 'Charlie Is My Darling' and held a question and answer session after the show. 'From The Archives' takes a look at 1967 as we recall that years drug busts and there's a great article by Keith Altham, reprinted from the New Musical Express, chatting to Brian and getting some forceful response on Brian's view of life at the time. Brenda Hilt brings us up to date with her review of the Four Flicks DVD which features over 50 songs from the Stones 'Fruit Of The Loom' tour and the letters page again reflects readers thoughts on the Fan Club and its magazine. Finally, at the time of going to press the news of Charlie's cancer treatment hit the headlines and we report the drummer's situation and progress and I know that everybody reading this wishes Charlie well on his road to recovery.

AfterMath # 5

AfterMath Magazine 5With Brian's profile being raised considerably over the publicity surrounding Stephen Woolley's film, 'The Wild and Wycked World of Brian Jones', we bring members up to date with our progress investigating the circumstances surrounding his death. John MacGillivray starts a retrospective look at the various biographies on Brian, beginning in this issue with Graham Ride's 'Foundation Stone' - and Rob Weingartner's interview with country and western singer Jack White has started a great relationship between Jack and the BJFC which includes news of a song he's written as a tribute to Brian, and which he hopes to record in early 2005. Dick Hattrell's excellent article on Jimmy Reed continues his interesting series on the old Blues icon's who had so much influence on the sixties UK music scene and Roxanne Fontana gets up close and personal with her astrology of Brian Jones. Pat Andrews and Dick Hattrell hadn't chatted to Bill Wyman since those early Edith Grove days, that is, not until the Rhythm Kings performed in Southwark Park and the opportunity arose for them to meet up once more…. Coincidentally, 1963 is the year we look at in our 'From The Archives' series and, a 1965 photograph of Brian 'trying out the latest in baseball boots' in Malmo, Sweden is reproduced from Ove Tingvall's collection of rarely seen photographs. News of the upcoming fan club weekend in Cheltenham completes this edition of AfterMath not forgetting the charming picture created by Tomoe Tariki of Brian 'on his cloud'.

AfterMath # 6

AfterMath Magazine 6When we decided to dedicate some space to the Master Musicians of Joujouka in an upcoming edition of AfterMath we initially envisaged just a short article on where Brian fitted in with these, as we thought, fairly unknown musicians from such a remote spot on the African continent – and possibly a review of the album, 'Brian Jones Presents The Pipes Of Pan At Jajouka'. Well, an idea that started so small has actually filled this complete edition of AfterMath and the feedback from members has been tremendous, some commenting that it's the best yet!

As you'll read, Joujouka is a fascinating subject and no wonder Brian Jones, a person with the comprehension and foresight for this secular music, found it so intriguing. In the village of Joujouka he discovered the magic and mysticism of an ethnic tradition and, before it was pc to indulge in ethnicity Brian had the foresight to bring this unique brand of music to the attention of a limited few hoping, that by his lead, he might attract the interest of the many. But unfortunately he died before he could complete his ambitions; and with his death died the motivation and enthusiasm to fully promote the music of Joujouka, gain recognition for the unique talent and techniques of the musicians and help achieve prosperity and longevity for a group of friends who'd gained his respect and admiration.

Articles featuring in this edition include 'Moroccan Roll', a look back at Brian's adventures in North Africa by John MacGillivray, Paul Misso's 1972 personal experience of Joujouka, an interview with George Chkiantz - a recording engineer in Olympic Studios who accompanied Brian in August 1968 to record the legendary Pipes of Pan in Joujouka and of course, a review of the album, by fan club member John Ryan. Many personal photographs and a hand written message from Bachir Attar compliment the finished edition.

Our tribute to Joujouka, 38 pages on the ethnic Moroccan music and the villagers who shared their traditions with Brian, view a personal message from Bachir Attar.

AfterMath # 7

AfterMath Magazine 72005 saw the advent of the first fan club weekend get-together in Cheltenham. Brian's 63rd birthday was celebrated by members over the weekend of 26th and 27th February which included an overnight stay in central Cheltenham's Carlton Hotel. Dick Taylor and John Keen, along with others who knew and worked with Brian joined us and all agreed it was a thoroughly enjoyable and special occasion. Photographs and an account of the whole weekend are recalled in the centre section of this issue. Following this article we've a personal recollection of Canadian Peter Ponzi's meeting Brian, Keith and Mick back in 1965 during the morning after the Stones first ever appearance in Montreal, interestingly Brian's love of steam trains features prominently in this story. Californian member Lena Rivers was also kind enough to send a page from her then local newspaper reporting her teenage encounter with her favourite Stone, along with her personal memories; and fan club member Iethiopa Lowe has set a new benchmark for future Inside Tracks. Check it out….

Member Chuck Harter was the inspiration for a tremendous article reproduced from a rare U.S. teen magazine. In the mid-sixties a reporter from 'Jellytots' interviewed the Stones mothers about their sons and their comments make intriguing reading, especially the remarks from Louisa Jones – the other mums exude true admiration for their sons' successes but somehow Mrs Jones can't get too excited at Brian's achievements……

Brian's 1964 profile is reproduced from a one-off magazine published by Beat Publications, more commonly known for their Rolling Stones and Beatles Monthlies and this issue is then rounded off with another in the series Blues Legends – and there can be no bigger legend in the history of the blues than Muddy Waters, another fine piece of research from Dick Hattrell.

AfterMath # 8

AfterMath Magazine 8The last issue for 2005 and what a pivotal year it’s been for Brian; a big screen movie, a permanent memorial in his home town and more newsprint, television time and magazine articles on the founder of the Rolling Stones than in any previous year since his death.

In this issue of AfterMath John MacGillivray gives, we believe, a balanced account of his views on Stoned, and vents a little disapproval over the bust unveiling ceremony on the 3rd July; coincidentally, two letters reproduced on the Letters Page declare similar frustration. Roxanne Fontana’s excellent article on Suki Potier (with a previously rarely seen 1968 photo of Brian and Suki in Austria) together with Gerard Rinaldi’s comprehensive look at the Stones early recordings make compulsive reading. In the centre spread, another rarely seen colour photograph of Brian, this time relaxing and playing records.

Meanwhile, I was very fortunate when in Sweden to be introduced to Mona Ovendal, an especially nice lady who got to meet the Stones in the sixties. Mona featured recently in a Swedish documentary along with Ola Strom and these names, although unfamiliar to many of you outside of Sweden, might prove of interest when you read my article, and hopefully buy and view the unique 'Rolling Like A Stone' DVD through the BJFC.

AfterMath # 9

AfterMath Magazine 9This edition of our magazine continues the trend for a wide variety of subjects relating to the Stones and Brian Jones in AfterMath. Following on from the success of his article in the last issue, Gerard Rinaldi continues his Stones Sessionography in the first half of this issue. New fan club member Ben Riley, a keen Stones and especially Brian fan, is a young artist with a unique method of painting his subjects – read his story which includes details of our specially commissioned pencil drawing depicting Brian throughout the sixties. Swedish airline pilot and fan club member Olle Wiman went along with his friends to the Gered Mankowitz exhibition in Gothenburg and towards the back of this issue Olle writes about the day the Nordic Stones Vikings met and chatted with one of London’s most talented photographers. Kevin Randall features in Inside Track and John Mac’s article ‘Unbuttoned’ takes a detailed and retrospective look at the creation of the ’Between The Buttons’ album. John’s infectious dialogue makes a great read and the accompanying photographs do great justice to his creativity.

AfterMath # 10

AfterMath Magazine 10The big news in this edition of AfterMath has to be the discovery of Brian’s very first electric guitar; this piece of musical history, the Harmony Strat, bought for him by buddy Dick Hattrell back in the early 60’s has been loaned to the BJFC by its current owner for a year. Read in the centre section of this issue fan club members’ reactions to holding and strumming this unique historical instrument at the inauguration of the Brian Jones Museum. Our lead article describes a really interesting insight into the teenage Brian Jones from two people who knew and worked with him, in Gloucester, before fame beckoned him on to London. Many of you might own Bent Rej’s coffee table book ‘The Rolling Stones In The Beginning’ but for those of you who don’t then John Mac’s comprehensive review might just make you rush out and add this impressive tome to your RS collection.

AfterMath # 11

AfterMath Magazine 11Well into the 21st century the Rolling Stones maintain their longevity with the Martin Scorsese produced ‘Shine A Light’ movie. How different it was back in 1968 when Michael Lindsay-Hogg directed ‘Rock and Roll Circus’ – the last public appearance of Brian Jones. Both movies are featured in this issue of AfterMath and, as if to stress the point regarding the two ‘different’ bands, Harold Montgomery makes his own personal distinction between the Rolling Stones of the sixties and today’s Stones in his evocative and 'atmospheric feeling of the time' article ‘Got Live (Story) If You Want It’. Harold’s personal two black and white pics accompanying the article just evoke the innocence of the time and say more than a thousand words could ever illustrate.

Fan club member Suzy Fovargue is this issues ‘Inside Track’ and she’s generously allowed us to reprint her photograph of Brian outside the Albert Hall in 1964. The image snapped back then by a fan was subsequently signed on the back by Brian and is today, as you’ll read, Suzy’s most treasured possession. Brian was particularly good friends with John Lennon and Paul McCartney and Paul’s biographer, Barry Miles has kindly allowed us to reprint a sequence from his book in our lead article. Kevin Randall’s excellent technical overview of many of the guitars used by Brian is an article that those of you musicians out there will greatly appreciate and Scott Jones follows on with his journalistic review and interpretation of ‘Shine A Light’. Gloria Shepherd’s book ‘Straight From The Heart' provoked a plethora of negative comments on the internet and John Mac shares his views of her book.

AfterMath # 12

AfterMath Magazine 12The death of Micky Waller, a good friend of Brian Jones is commemorated in this issue while at the opposite end of the spectrum, a young lady just starting out in life travels all the way from Japan to fulfil her dream. Micky passed away in early May this year and John Mac writes his account of his interview with him in 2005, a fitting tribute to the drummer who played behind many of the ground breaking bands of the sixties.

Decades after Brian Micky and others were setting the sixties alight, a young Japanese teenager listened intently to her father’s vinyl collection and became fascinated and intrigued with the early Stones music, and in particular Brian Jones’ contribution. Tomoe Tariki’s ambition to come to England and visit the places associated with Brian that she’d only been able to read about came about in September, and the last article in this magazine recalls her adventure.

In the late nineteen fifties Ian Wright was the general gofer on his local newspaper – the Northern Echo. Ian regularly washed floors, mixed chemicals and brewed the tea before his interest in the new pop groups of the time attracted the attention of his editor who, astute as he was, set Ian on his course of career as photographer of the ‘stars’. His recently published book ‘On The Brink Of Fame’ is a fascinating read and is reviewed in the lead article. Ian’s photographic recall of the sixties bands and artistes and his intimate knowledge of the Rolling Stones, and in particular the role reversals within the group over the period he knew them is quite poignantly remembered.

An article that’s been waiting a long time to be published in AfterMath is John Mac’s interview with original Rolling Stone Dick Taylor. John visited Dick at his home on the Isle of Wight in November 2000 and discussed the early days which he shares here in his article ‘Midnight To Six Man’. Another colleague of Brian’s from those early days is photographed with Dick Hattrell – then known as Paul Pond, today we know him better as Paul Jones.

Finally, new member Mattie Brahen has contributed an article recalling her seeing the Stones at the 1966 New York Forest Hills concert. Living in Queens at the time Mattie jumped at the chance of seeing Brian and his band-mates and remembers the day with extreme fondness.