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PostPosted: Wed Feb 02, 2011 4:26 am 

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I thought I'd give this a bump, primarily because of the post above by Dr. Ross Grainger, who is cited in the latest biography as having known Nick.


In a recent post under `General Chat' writer JHT had wondered about Ross Grainger, and in searching this forum found the above.

I found the following comment by Dr Grainger interesting:


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The world is a tough competitive and ruthless place which is why I avoided signing a record contract. I told Nick at the time he was either recording or had just recorded his first LP that he might be sorry he signed as they were paying he peanuts. I felt too insulted to sign and have never recorded

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I have sent an email to Dr Grainger on behalf of the forum.


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I've often wondered what sort of record deal Nick had with Witchseason/Island. Even though his records did not sell in significant numbers (15,000 in total seems to be a reasonable estimate) he should surely have still received some income. So I've always been puzzled by his apparent poverty. I remember reading an interview with Chris Blackwell where he stated that the deal was Nick would pay for studio costs upfront, and then Island would reimburse him (plus the retainer?). Was that it? What about advances, royalties etc? It's probably irrelevant, but Ross's statements above did make me wonder.

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I have received correspondence from Dr Ross Grainger whom is now living in Hangzhou, China. He is quite busy but has graciously agreed to write a piece during the next two weeks about his time with Nick!


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Well. Thank you both very much Arthur and Narcissus for looking into this.

I had not seen RG's post before. Did no one ever respond to him back in 2004?

I understand RG's hesitation to say much out of concern of distortion of one kind or another but nonetheless wonder if he feels his recollections were accurately rendered in the biography where he is quoted. Of course possibly there are a number of questions one would like to ask.

We wait expectantly.

Thank you both again.


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Thought I would update you on this, Ross Grainger is very busy but has begun writing and is sure to be finished soon. He has kept regular correspondence. I should have updated sooner but I have been rather busy myself. Hope all is well.


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Again, to keep you informed, Ross Grainger has nearly completed his Memoir which,says he, is nearing 10 pages! When this arrives I shall create a new topic and post it there.

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Nice one, thanks - will be interesting to read.

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cool stories, be fun to read - thanks


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