WILD SOUNDS FROM THE GARAGE! A BRIEF HISTORY OF PSYCHEDELIA

“The term ‘garage band’ literally means the space where many bands rehearsed. LSD and marijuana played a big part in the music with widespread use among America’s youth across its colleges and cities. This led to some of the wildest and most demented records ever put to vinyl as sounds became….”

Article by John Rose, Pop/Collage Artist and Frontman for Pablo Alto. Featured Artwork by John Rose.

Fuzz, Acid and Flowers

MY FIRST ENCOUNTER

Psychedelia is back!…in fact it’s never really gone away as each new generation turns on and freaks out to a new revamped version of those groovy 60’s sounds. It all started for me after taping an hour long Psychedelic radio show special in the late 80’s (possibly on Radio 1) which I still have featuring wonderful psych gems from The Seeds (Satisfy You), The Chocolate Watchband (No Way Out), Nobody’s Children (Good Times), The Bees (Voices Green And Purple) and the fuzzed up brilliance of The Third Bardo’s ‘Five Years Ahead Of My Time’.

There was also a strange track by Dave Diamond & The Higher Elevation called Diamond Mine with a weird voice over and sinister lyrics and howls (the six foot narcissus and peanut butter fudge angel of love) and a cool, hypnotic song called ‘Cellophane Wrapped Woman’ which will always remain a mystery. I’ve never heard it since and have no idea who its by. Anyway, my mind was suitably expanded and I rushed out to get the Best Of The Pebbles on yellow marble vinyl, a great place to start.

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THE PUNK ROCK EXPLOSION AND 60’s COUNTER CULTURE

This week I took a trip up to London to take in a couple of exhibitions : ‘You Say You Want A Revolution’ at The V&A and ‘Punk 1976 -78’ at The British Library.

PUNK 1976 – 78, The British Library until 2 October FREE (Kings Cross Tube)

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BookArt16: A Treasure Trove Of Hand-Crafted Books Tucked Away At The Ledbury Poetry Festival

1 July- 10 July  BOOKART16  The Weavers Gallery, Church Lane, Ledbury  HR8 1DW (this exhibition is now closed)

Cover:  ‘Altered Box Of Much Loved Paints’ by  Jeanette McCulloch 

Each year Ledbury’s BookArt group holds an exhibit during the Ledbury Poetry Festival featuring a collective of works crafted over the span of a year applying various mediums and poetry to create hand-crafted, and at times, printed books. The authors’ works come to life through the use of paints, photography, eco dying, ancient felt making, upcycling and ceramics.

I have attended the Book Art exhibition for the past 3 years as part of the poetry festival experience I look forward to with anticipation. Each exhibit showcases a variety of talent which differs from artist to artist, each as engaging as the last.  I find myself consumed by the pages of each book, and there is nothing more intimate than flipping through the pages of what feels like a personal journey guided by each artist.

It is never possible to cover each artist’s work at these exhibits but there were various special pieces I felt drawn to.

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Jenny Leigh used an Eco Printing technique for her book.

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Black Boxes, Cherryshoes & Friends, Movies, etc. @The Booth Hall June 11, 2016

The Underground Revolution presents three great acts at the home of live music in Hereford, The Booth Hall.  Doors open at 8pm and entry is £4 with your N.U.S student card

The bands will range from psychedelic pop to heavy rock. Bring beer money and have fun, we will be.

 

The Underground Revolution Hereford live music in June

Click links to find the bands on Facebook:

Cherryshoes  Black Boxes Friends, Movies, Etc

Our Pop Art music posters are often designed by a very busy John Rose. They will be in a book he is putting together of his work eventually…we will keep you posted.  Here is another great one from our last gig.

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‘Sounds From The Sofa’ – James Whitehurst & Claire Perkins, Half of local Hereford Garage Rock Band ‘A Hundred Suns’…Mayhem Commence!

A Hundred Suns  will be performing the The Underground Revolution show @ The Booth Hall, 17th of March.  Show begins at 8pm.  £2 entry at the door.  Students with NUS Cards Free Entry

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Claire Perkins front woman for A Hundred Suns.

Hereford City Centric and The Booth Hall have come together to create a new series of local Hereford band interviews aptly named ‘Sounds From The Sofa’.  Our “glamorous” set-up involves a comfy sofa sitting on top of the Booth Hall stage (can you feel the musical vibrations?), where our participants park their derriers and answer a series of serious, and not so serious questions about themselves.

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Gravity Zine Says Farewell with a Special Cinema Edition and Feature Film ‘Lorem Ipsum’

Bulbous Sores, Johnny Burrage, Gravity zine issue 8
Bulbous Sores by Johnny Burrage
“Omar Majeed has had a long lasting interest in writing, design and photography that formed working on the school newspaper and crystallized at art college.  Having a creative outlet is important to him and comes in several guises, from poetry to painting.  He has studied photography and graphic design and is currently on the portfolio course learning how to use new techniques and materials.  He has worked sporadically as a copywriter, recently on an art blog.”
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Omar Majeed Creator of Gravity Zine and man of many creative hats.

Gravity zine is a DIY publication based in Hereford.  It has its origins in a title called Gravity Serpent which came about as a result of a late night conversation with my housemate Stu when I was living in Kingston, Surrey.

We had been watching The Baader Meinhof Complex and were somehow stirred into creating something.  We didn’t know if we wanted to make an experimental film, or write a collaborate novel.
 When we thought of making a zine, that was it.  The title was his idea, appropriated from a Medusa Cyclone track.  Mike from Medusa Cyclone would later contribute photography to the zine.
I have made zines on and off since my first time at art college in 2003.  I like the immediacy and accessibility of the format.  I like my zines to be collaborative, showcasing artists and creatives whose work I admire.  It becomes something of a community.
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At The Drive In In Colour by John Rose
When I moved back to Hereford, I wanted to shorten the name to Gravity.  The first 3 issues were purely photocopied and stapled.  After that we started letterpressing the covers under stewardship of Liam Bromage.  It was refreshing to have a bit of colour on the front and the printing process gave a cleaner impression that was still handmade.  We also started hand binding the pages with coloured thread.

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