Rob began his career with Rank Theatres and no sooner had he begun to enjoy working on all manner of live gigs and shows, the company decided to concentrate solely on cinema. Despite having a love for movies a failed audition for the role of being the man to bang the golden gong combined with the Hammersmith Odeon being renamed the Apollo proved too much to take and he ran away to run his own record shop.
Always ahead of the game Rob saw the demise of record stores and the dawn of the streaming and digital age at least a decade before anyone else and went bust before Napster was even invented.
Throughout all this however he continued to write and whether it be personal or professional he has been working with, watching or seeing bands all over the world.
This great love of the music industry inspired his debut novel 'Thank You And Goodnight.' His debut novel tells a comedic tale of failing miserably at being the biggest rock band in the world. The book, due for publication in 2020 shares stories of hapless antics as you reach for the stars and end up in the gutter.
KG: What or who inspired you to be a writer?
RF: Firstly, a primary school teacher Mr Baker and in later years I read the comedian John Bishops autobiography and it inspired me to think if you can leave a decent job and try something you love then maybe I can try to. I’d love to meet and tell him one day.
KG: What gave you the idea of your latest book?
RF: A lifetime of watching and working around bands and the stories that you see unfold in front of you.
KG: Who is your favourite writer and why?
RF: I’m a big fan of biographies, and decent interviews – David Fricke of Rolling Stone always stands out.
KG: What's your favourite book?
RF: A tie between Crazy Horse – Emlyn Hughes autobiography and Jeffy The Burglar’s Cat – because they were the first, I can remember reading from, start to finish at school.
KG: Do you read a lot? If so, what are you reading right now?
RF: Not enough, but currently Ben Stokes book on the 2019 Ashes.
KG: What writing projects are you working on?
RF: Blue Sky Thinking – A tale of surviving office life as a middle manager in the 80’s, 90’s and noughties and Playing Away – The trials and tribulations of wasting your life and sanity watching your football team on a wet Wednesday in Grimsby.
KG: What do you like most about writing?
RF: The escapism and hopefully being able to take peoples mind briefly to another place.
KG: Where do you see yourself and your writing in five years time?
RF: Being sought after by Hollywood to be the next Richard Curtis/ Remaking Lovejoy for the BBC or working at a service station on the A14.
KG: What one writing tip would you share?
RF: Write what you know and believe in, don’t try to pretend to be something you’re not.
KG: What would you say to educate and inspire young writers?
RF: To pinch a Springsteen quote ‘There’s a lot of hard work goes into making things look easy’. It’s so true nothing comes for nothing but if you really want something keep at it and it will be worth it.
1.Rob reads he writes and occasionally rocks.
2.Rob has tried stand up and been told to sit down!
3.Away from writing Rob endures watching West Ham lose and offsets this with his passion for music.
4.He is currently working with Scruff Myers (Ex Adicts) who has just released Superhands a power pop rock fest of a solo album
5.Rob would describe his dream holiday as two weeks, not on a beach, but watching either Bruce Springsteen or Iron Maiden.
6.Whilst his mates were going on club 18 to 30 holidays, he was following Scottish rockers Big Country… and saw them live some 66 times...
7.He once met the late great James Gandolfini and became such a nervous gibbering wreck the lady next to him asked if he was ok and needed some water… turned out she was Oscar winner Marcia Gay Harden. Rob didn't realise but does remember she smelt lovely.