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  • davidwills 2:07 pm on June 17, 2020 Permalink | Reply  

    Seven-thousand smoke at Hippie Hill love-in at the 420-convergence of stoners 

    San Francisco, 20th April. 420 day. As I was going to Hippie Hill, Hippie Hill was smoking. Big bongs, little joints, whiffs, big fat ones, fabulous …

    Seven-thousand smoke at Hippie Hill love-in at the 420-convergence of stoners
     
  • davidwills 2:02 pm on June 17, 2020 Permalink | Reply  

    David Wills and Daughter Alessandra Break the Fourth Wall 

    David Wills and Daughter Alessandra Break the Fourth Wall
     
  • davidwills 1:56 pm on June 17, 2020 Permalink | Reply  

    Born with two silver spoons in my mouth 

    Along with the rest of my jetsom that disapeared down the memory hole over the years were two silver spoons given to me at birth in December 1941. …

    Born with two silver spoons in my mouth
     
  • davidwills 1:54 pm on June 17, 2020 Permalink | Reply  

    Barney Bubbles – Ian Dury, 4000 Weeks Holiday 

    Hello New Yearers, Happy New Year! To kick off this season’s delights, here’s a little-seen item from the repertoire of my old friend Barney Bubbles.…

    Barney Bubbles – Ian Dury, 4000 Weeks Holiday
     
  • davidwills 11:19 am on April 15, 2020 Permalink | Reply  

    Oldie and Goldy 

     
  • davidwills 2:05 pm on April 14, 2020 Permalink | Reply  

    Ozzies! 

    Lots of folk in Oz are reading – leave me a note to say hi.

     
  • davidwills 9:23 pm on December 11, 2015 Permalink | Reply  

    Hi ya all. I get about 18 or so visitors a day, and I’d really like to know who’s out there.
    So please leave a note to say why you are here, who you are, and what you thought of the blog, what you’d like to see… etc.

     
    • Zara's Auntie-Shag 7:19 pm on September 15, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Miss Shag O’Mania here – Molly Bode’s best friend – friend of one of your “Three Davids” on Facebook – doin’ nuttin’ more than stopping by to say hello and state it was a HAIRCUT. bruddah. Harumph, Austin Powers, mumble mumble…bah!
      Actually, I’d like to be in touch with your daughter. Molly says she wears vintage clothes and I have some great pieces I’m looking to give to the right gal…

    • Giulia Cavagnis 1:58 pm on February 27, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      Hello David,
      I am doing some research and I found an article of yours dated 2011 quite interesting and would like to discuss it with you privately.
      Please send me an email!
      Thank you,
      Giulia

      • davidwills 1:25 am on August 22, 2019 Permalink | Reply

        Hi I just found you note, I haven’t been on my weblog for six years or so. I’d be pleased to help, but you give no address.

    • Kayla 6:34 pm on September 21, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      Hello, I am trying to find more information on Colin Fulcher’s parents and family. We may be distantly related. Do you happen to have any more details on his family? Thank you.

      • davidwills 1:15 am on August 22, 2019 Permalink | Reply

        Hi, yes, his sister lives (or did) in Whitton(sp?) at 76 Tranmere Road in what was Middlesex.

    • peterwatts1975 10:11 am on September 24, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      Hi David – I’m a freelance music writer and I’m trying to track down somebody who has commented on one of your threads – can you possibly send me an email to petershepherwatts at hotmail . com ? thanks a million!

  • davidwills 3:45 am on August 7, 2014 Permalink | Reply  

    Eel Pie Island 

    David Wills tells tales

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    Kursaal Flyers cover by Barney  Bubble

    RandM writes in comments below…

    here perhaps is a barney bubbles sleeve that Colonel (he was a Corporal) Wills would have liked. it’s for the Kursaal Flyers LP ‘Chocs Away.’

    Corporal Wills

    Stodgy old dudes

    My dad, Cecil S Wills 1905-76, is seen here as a Corporal in the Royal Air Force. He worked on the design of, and later named, the Horsa Glider, that each delivered 36 paratroops at a time, in fleets towed by Wellingtons, during the Normandy invasion. As a Civil Servant, representing His or Her Majesty to the manufacturers, he later worked on the supersonic TSR2 that evolved into the Concorde.

    When Osmund Caine, who replaced Coulston-Davis as head of the art school, and the new principal, Wolfenden, who was my dad’s teacher during his RAF Boys Service days at Martlesham Heath in the 1920’s, arrived at Twickenham College in 1958, they…

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    • Garry Rusoff 5:42 pm on October 9, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      David, I’m trying to get hold of you in the vacuum of digitalia. The reason is that I rewrote “The Gourmet Guide to Grass for this generation — to be self-published–and I’d dearly love to include your two drawings of ‘How to roll a joint’ and ‘How to roll a spliff.” Do I have your permission???

      • davidwills 9:28 pm on December 11, 2015 Permalink | Reply

        Hi Garry, what’s up ? Please get in touch. I cant find my address book….

    • davidwills 8:17 pm on October 9, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      Yes! So glad we touched bases, been trying to find you for yonks. You’re in deep cover. Let’s chat. My email is dctwills@earthlink.net but most of my mail goes to spam. You on Facebook? I do that a lot. My address is 327 1st Street West, Sonoma, Ca 95476. 415 608 4396

    • Benno Friedman 7:25 am on October 15, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      Just read “Just Kids” (yes, very late to the party) and after 45 years or so, came across Sandy Daley’s name. Followed slim thread leading me to you. Any idea what became of her/.how I might get in touch? Is she still among the living? I stayed in her flat in London for several weeks, hanging with J. Chamberlain, Ultra V, Kikan M., D. Larcher, Mr. Chows etc. I’d welcome any leads/info you might ‘provide.

      • davidwills 9:27 pm on December 11, 2015 Permalink | Reply

        No idea, I’m sorry – I tried to find out m’self but no go.

      • Robert Priest 3:27 am on January 19, 2016 Permalink | Reply

        I’m out here David. Robert Priest of New York City. Big fan of last year’s post from Benno Friedman. The genius who photographed Jackson Pollock’s Mother for Push Pin’s Graphic. Brilliant. Anyway, thank you for my career.

        • davidwills 5:45 am on January 19, 2016 Permalink

          Wow I’m pleased you did good. I’ve had a few thanks for help on the road. Lady Wordsworth for one, she worked with me on Curious and elsewhere.

          What was the post about Benno Friedman in – my blog, I sure don’t remember! Tell me.

          You were AD on Esquire when I last caught up with you. Tell your tale.

          In 67 I was at Push Pin and Milton Glasser gave me a hand written letter of introduction to NY but went back to London to be AD on some big ol glossy I can’t recall the name of.

          Let’s exchange stories!

    • davidwills 6:14 am on January 19, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Ah I see Benno’s coment above. Ha.

      Do you know the whereabouts of Sandy Daley by any chance?

  • davidwills 6:38 pm on January 1, 2014 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: 4000 Weeks Holiday, Album Art, , , , , Bob Bromide, , Definitive Biography, , , , , ,   

    Barney Bubbles – Ian Dury, 4000 Weeks Holiday 

    Barney Bubbles orginal (almost) design for Ian Dury's '4000 Weeks Holiday': Front

    Barney Bubbles original design for Ian Dury’s ‘4000 Weeks Holiday’: Front (photo on cover by Bob Bromide)


    Barney Bubbles original (almost) design for Ian Dury's '4000 Weeks Holiday': Back

    Barney Bubbles original design (almost) for Ian Dury’s ‘4000 Weeks Holiday’: Back

    Hello New Yearers, Happy New Year! To kick off this season’s delights, here’s a little-seen item from the repertoire of my old friend Barney Bubbles.

    Late 1983 Barney designed a cover for Ian Dury’s ‘4000 Weeks Holiday’ LP, only for it to never really see the light of day. I say ‘never really’, because nearly everywhere across the world a different artwork solution was used, but Barney’s original design did make it onto the cover of the Portuguese issue (amongst a tiny handful of other seemingly random places I am reliably informed). Check out the pics above. The photo that Barney used on the front cover is by Bob Bromide.

    My English friends RandM (Barney boffins of extraordinary detailedness) are quick to point out that even the Portuguese version is not totally true to Barney’s original artwork; apparently only a copy of the original UK test pressing complete with test sleeve is. Why so? By the time the LP came out to the public (after Barney’s tragic demise), the record company changed the tracklist by removing ‘Noddy Harris’ and adding ‘Inspiration’, and so the record company had dutifully tweaked the design of the tracklist accordingly. But, this Portuguese issue is pretty darn close to Barney’s original design, so here it is goddamit!

    Pondering why the tracklist changed? The company execs feared the legal ramifications of upsetting Enid Blyton’s estate with the ‘Noddy Harris’ lyrics “Winnie The Pooh is having a wank. And what are you up to? Said Thomas the Tank…Fuck off Noddy you stupid prat. Fuck off Noddy in your rotten hat”.

    Keep smiling and see you all again later for more tales of daring-do.
    IanDuryRAM1983

     
  • davidwills 10:12 pm on November 30, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    Sir Paul, brushed by David Wills 

    Sir Paul McCartney by David Wills

    I pencilled and brushed McCartney with water colour last year and thought the result worth posting now, since I’ve already upped the graphic by Rebecca and Mike’s for his latest album, NEW, with with its puter-magic gas tubes for all to see.

     
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