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These were wise words for a seventeen-year-old but Allan was wise at seventeen. He sowed the seeds for 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.

        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

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