He’s writing lots of reviews and articles for NME, Rolling Stone even one or two in the Guardian. Rock writing has evolved. It’s become more sophisticated. Readers have gone beyond wanting to know their idol’s favorite colour. Now they want analysis. He’s got a few screenplay credits and he gets himself on TV a bit. Being married to Samantha hasn’t slowed him down much.
So Simon balances making money with being ‘alternative’ and he’s gathering material for all the biographies he will be writing one day. Accumulating a nice little art collection too.
The British press helps to keep the ball rolling. They disapprove of all the loose behavior of course whilst giving it extensive coverage. There have been a few high profile drug busts thanks to Detective Sergeant Norman Pilcher. Simon manages to stay out of serious trouble.
Does he ever put a foot wrong? Well there was that time when he worked his way onto the set of Performance and got caught taking unauthorized snaps of Mick Jagger’s tackle. He got kicked out for that by Donald Cammell. Didn’t do any harm in the long run…..most people hated Cammell (he was one of those Satanic types that pop up periodically like Grigori Rasputin and Aleister Crowley).
Trying to get between Nick Kent and Sid Vicious in the 100 Club wasn’t a good idea either. He got the end of a bike chain on his head and needed a few stitches.
But generally speaking the trajectory has been upwards.
Arthur? Well that’s a different matter. He’s stuck in the sweetshop. He also has an unhealthy wife and a rebellious daughter to deal with.