Caesar Barton

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Caesar Barton
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Not including 'The Frog Chorus' 7" (or, subsequently, the Miami Vice soundtrack), my musical awakening aged thirteen began with a trio of cassettes: Def Leppard's 'Pyromania', Judas Priest's 'Turbo' and 'Tooth and Nail' by Dokken – the latter featuring the appropriately-titled favourite 'Into the Fire', as that's where my tapes invariably ended up in accordance to my stepfather's religious fervour – an unwelcome (for me at least) by-product of us moving from England to the bible belt stronghold of Texas a couple of years earlier!

Relations have eased in that regard, but, in the words of 'The Voice' himself, Ronnie James Dio, "the best steel goes through the fire" – so it's fitting that my passion for hard rock & metal has remained undiminished over the subsequent quarter of a century plus.

Returning from America, I spent a decade from my mid-twenties teaching fitness at resorts in Corsica, Sardinia and the Greek Peloponnese (as tough as it sounds...) before settling in Wilmslow, South Manchester.
A love of modern classic cars inspired my first foray into professional writing, both online and for weekly and monthly motoring magazines. I'm a huge advocate of 70s, 80s, and 90s front-engined Porsches, as typified by my beloved speed yellow 968 Sport – not a car to drive if your movements are remotely clandestine!
My music writing adventure began when the venerable Geoff Barton (no relation – I'm often asked) invited me to contribute to Classic Rock Presents AOR halfway through its thirteen issue run; when that publication sadly became no more, Geoff kept me in his thoughts and I contributed two sizeable retrospective pieces for the Def Leppard fanpack magazine.

I'm currently working on a collection of short stories called Highwaymen: Drives into Darkness; it's a labour of love that combines my passions for rare-groove cars and dark noir storytelling – I hope to have the first volume published in 2017.

Musically, the bands on those aforementioned scorched tapes remain close to my heart, as does Queensrÿche's biblically brilliant masterpiece 'Operation Mindcrime', whilst in recent years I've become a devoted admirer of Richie Kotzen's stunning solo albums and have delighted in rediscovering the brilliance of Ronnie James Dio's hallowed Rainbow/Sabbath/solo catalogue.
At the other end of the spectrum I have an enduring love for the eclectic majesty of Killing Joke, whom I've witnessed in concert close to a dozen times, and Rammstein, who, though best listened to in prescribed doses, deliver an incendiary spectacle like no other.

Please check out my website: which has a regularly updated archive of my favourite published pieces (including my Expert's Guides from Fireworks magazine).

Combining cars & rock, appropriately, I present five of my favourite driving anthems:

FM 'Wildside'
Foreigner 'Urgent'
Dokken 'Standing in the Shadows'
Unruly Child 'Criminal'
Reckless Love 'Hands'


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