Bathed in Lightning is here … and it’s going down a treat
Posted March 21st, 2014

Colin Harper’s Bathed In Lightning: John McLaughlin, the 60s and the Emerald Beyond is out next week, and highly recommended it is too. And it’s not just us who think that:

In Prog, Sid Smith calls it “phenomenal”, and “a perceptive and authoritative impression of an innovative artist whose playing was both a product of, and influence upon, his generation”. For friend o’ Jawbone Joel McIver in Record Collector, it is “labyrinthine” and “masterful”. For Shindig!‘s Grahame Bent, it’s “unrelentingly detailed”. But perhaps the highest praise comes from Stuart Nicholson in Jazzwise, who writes that the book renders previous volumes on McLaughlin redundant, adding that the book (and its author)

not only does the subject justice, but it is also an indispensable guide – the best yet written – to the Brit jazz scene in the 1960s.

Colin will be launching the book at the flagship Piccadilly branch of Waterstones in London next Wednesday, March 26th. Here are the details – do come along!

Wednesday, 26 March 2014, 6:30PM 
Tickets £5/£3 Waterstones Cardholders including a glass of wine or soft drink available in store, via 02078512400 or

Prolific writer Colin Harper will be in conversation with author and journalist Peter Doggett to discuss Colin’s latest work, Bathed In Lightning: John McLaughlin, the 60s and the Emerald Beyond. Colin will bring this unrepeatable era to life as he shares fascinating insights into John McLaughlin’s career by drawing on the dozens of exclusive interviews and meticulous research that formed this first major biography of John’s life.