And I decided to have a clear head for that record, so naturally I did go and get myself a bag of weed [laughs] to offset that. An easygoing, youthful man in his early 60s, Crofts was educated at Lancing College, but says he was "too arrogant" for university, and stumbled into ghostwriting because, he says, "I didn't want to have a permanent job".
Ghosting an autobiography means writing it the way the subject would have written it, if they had been able to write it themselves Some ghosts, who generally speak on conditions of anonymity, report that the subject they approach with utter dread is the fragile personality with pretensions to authorship.
How do you see that one now? At the time, those kind of ballads were most of what I listened to — Miles [Davis] and Sinatra and Billie Holiday records. How consciously were you writing a standard?
The short film was the first in the "Crime Does Not Pay" series. All that, and there may be new music on its way. Drinking was really, in those days, more my way of taking myself out of the picture. As a result of his blacklisting, he had associates submit manuscripts to the studios under the pseudonym "J.
You had a sense you were washed up on the U.