Whale Watching in Thailand

Whale Watching in Thailand

The pier of departure for whale watching in Thailand is only an hour from Bangkok. Text by Jim Algie. Photos by Jirayu Ekkul.  Few sights in the animal kingdom are more spellbinding than the sight of a Bryde’s whale breaking the water’s surface to open its cavernous...
PRESS RELEASE: On the Night Joey Ramone Died

PRESS RELEASE: On the Night Joey Ramone Died

May 1, Bangkok – Riffing on music history, literature and his own experiences as a musician, Jim Algie’s new book, On the Night Joey Ramone Died: Tales of Rock and Punk from Bangkok, New York, Cambodia and Norway (Magic Bullet Press, 2017), takes readers on a wild...
My Brief Career as a Music Video Director

My Brief Career as a Music Video Director

For a guy who banged out his riffs, odes and elegies on a typewriter instead of a musical instrument, Hunter S Thompson composed one of the most accurate descriptions of the music industry I’ve ever heard, calling it “a cruel and shallow money trench, a long plastic...
Shooting Stars: Portrait of a Rock Photographer

Shooting Stars: Portrait of a Rock Photographer

As a photographer Martyn Goodacre is mostly remembered for his famous black and white shot of Kurt Cobain, but he framed many more stars of rock, cinema and literature before giving up the high life to semi-retire in Thailand.   The music business is a Roman circus of...
When Punk Turned 40

When Punk Turned 40

Looking back at the 40th anniversary of punk in 2016 through interviews with members of the Damned and Buzzcocks, and a rundown of main events, such as the son of the Sex Pistols’ former manager burning some US$7 million of punk memorabilia.  By Jim Algie To all...