10. Apr, 2020

Mal Foster - Life Stories No.7

Graham Parker - Empty Lives

From around 1973, The Carpenter Arms pub in Camberley’s Park Street used to be my second home right through to 1988 when I eventually moved out of the town. The bar had its characters from all different backgrounds and we all mixed quite well. Around 1980, in one corner of the pub, a guy you wouldn’t want to argue with was recruiting mercenaries to go and fight in Angola! 

The jukebox in a sense, gave the pub its identity with songs from Bowie, Dire Straits, The Rolling Stones, Springsteen, Steppenwolf and others, always booming out. I made some great friends in those days including the artists Keith Fraser, (a Rod Stewart look-a-like) and Jonathan Webster. Unfortunately, I fell out with Jonathan a few years ago because I didn’t send him a Christmas card when I felt, realising I was an atheist, it was inappropriate. His wife, Estelle, had recently become a priest! 

Another friend I made in the pub from those days was Dave Walker, he was a massive Graham Parker fan. You can hear ‘Empty Lives’ from the ‘Up Escalator’ album by Graham Parker and the Rumour here on YOUTUBE