These were wise words for a seventeen-year-old but Allan was wise at seventeen. He led the way forward to much of what my life would become. He was gone at twenty-six.
There's a history in rock of guys who initiate then fade. I'm talking about people like Syd Barrett (Pink Floyd), Peter Green (Fleetwood Mac), Ian Curtis (Joy Division), Richey (the Manics). These unusual young men were embryonic in bands that went on to flourish without them. Yet they each set a tone which long surpassed their own moment.
Allan was our backwater version of same. Born within a few days of each other, our expectant mothers met in the maternity home.
Sweet White Wine
That’s where the answer lies
That’s the key to this whole life of ours
You gotta stay clear of things you dislike
Live with your loves and your pleasures by your side
That my dear is why I’m here
On a beach with you by a sea
Drinking this sweet white wine
Allan Harper - 1956-82