CP started out with the legendary Greasy Bear whose debut album finally saw the light of day in 2016. Other musical successes include Gerry and the Holograms whose debut album is set for release with Finders Keepers in March 2017. Currently CP is touring as Just One Alberto – his one-man show where he singularly recreates the Berts back catalogue with a mini ukulele.
CP’s first book ‘Like The Night Revisited’ was based on the infamous Dylan ‘Judas!’ concert at Manchester’s Free Trade Hall in 1966. Three other books followed, one more on Dylan entitled ‘Like A Bullet of Light’, one on Manchester Popular Music called ‘Shake, Rattle and Rain’, and his personal memoir published in 2008 ‘When We Were Thin. CP’s latest book ‘The Lost World of Cliff Twemlow’ emerged from a collaborative interest in and research focus with fellow film historian colleague Andy Willis; together they examine and bring to life the films of the Man-Man-Man-Mancunian Cliff Twemlow who, as the title of the book suggests, was The ‘KING OF MANCHESTER EXPLOITATION MOVIES’. CP’s contributions in books and periodicals including the Bob Dylan Isis Anthology, Tate Modern Remix Catalogue, the North West Labour History Journal and the Journal of British TV and Film.
TELEVISION: documentary writing / research / participation includes BBC 2’s Morecambe and Wise The Whole Story (24/11/13 and 01/12/13), BBC 4’s Rock ‘n’ Roll Britannia (17/5/13), BBC 2’s Blackpool Big Night Out (26/12/12), BBC 4’s Timeshift Fairgrounds (2/8/11) and Timeshift Circuses (9/8/11), BBC 4’s 1960: The Year of The North (19/09/2010), BBC 4’s Rude Britannia (2010), guest on BBC 4’s Comedy Map of Britain (link – Hooray for Jollywood) and Channel 4’s The Secret Diaries of Les Dawson. Internationally, following the cult interest in CP’s own TV series, Teach Yourself Gibberish (with Alberto Y Lost Trios Paranoias in the 1970s), he was invited as a guest panellist on Australia’s Rockwiz in Melbourne (13/12/08).
CP is documentary writer/presenter of the following 30-minute BBC programmes: Burl Ives (BBC R4 11/06/09), From Manchester to the Mississippi (R4 2008), Tiny Tim the Human Canary (R4 2005), Soul Satisfaction on Northern Soul (R4 2005), M’Lords and Ladies Lord Buckley (R4 2003), Jollywood (R4 2003). Recently, CP took part in Radio 2’s History of British Comedy (05, 12, 19 and 26 March 2013), ‘Welcome To My World: Jim Reeves Story’ (05/11/13), ‘Didn’t It Rain: When The Blues Came To Britain’ a documentary with Craig Charles (24/10/13), ‘George Formby: ‘Britain’s First Pop Star’ a documentary with Stuart Maconie (07 and 14 Mar 2011).