I worked with Andrew from 1991 – 2001, primarily on Stoned/2Stoned … it’s a long story but the material fed into other books too (not least my own Immediate Records book).
The Face first took me to his home in Bogota (for a week with zero sleep!) and Arena flew me to Argentina (where he was producing rock band Los Ratones Paranoicos) for a crazy (for me, at least, as he’d just gone tea-total) fortnight in 1996. There were two more much longer, equally memorable trips back to Colombia and lots of work (over 300 interviews and six months in the newspaper library) back in the UK. An education you can’t buy…
The Face article (below), first couple of pages of a 7-page effort – paid the air fare to Bogota, 1991.
Arena commission (below) – paid air fare to Buenos Aires in 1996