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  • davidwills 3:18 pm on July 25, 2011 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , A1GGz, , , , , , , , , , , oz 12, , oz12, ,   

    David Wills and Barney Bubbles – Blow Up Oz 12 

    Welcome to a digitally inflatable copy of Oz 12. Click on an image once, and then when it has opened in a new screen click on it again and it’ll go supersize XXXL as never seen before on the world-wide-web.

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  • davidwills 6:44 pm on July 6, 2011 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: A1GGz, chris higson, , , Keith Richards, , ,   

    Keith Richards and his lot lived in Edith Grove down the road from us in Peterborough Road 

    Been reading the brilliant ‘Life’ by Keith Richards. Seems as how Keith and Co, The Stones, lived over in Edith Grove, Fulham, in 1962. Well, my flat-mate Chris Higson went to a party there, “Scored.” whatever that meant. They lived just down the road from us. We lived on Peterborough Road in Parsons Green where  Higson, Mick Jackson, both illustrators, John Steele (for a while), and I, graphics, lived with cardboard walls and a mould problem. Plus with Nook and Jim Bunker at one time for a bit, when she was pregnant with Zoe and wanted by the cops as a runaway from Staines. I lived there  in 1961/2, real taters, coldest fucking winter since ever. Like Keith, we sold beer-bottle empties we found littering the floor and crevices of the ugly apartment the morning after the night ‘afore. Sold ’em back to the off-licence, got enough, about 3s/6d (3-shillings and sixpence) for a bacon sandwich and a cuppa  in the morning at the Station Caff.

    (There’s a photo in the Box of Tricks by me of Higson and a Tiger scull.)

     
  • davidwills 9:58 pm on March 16, 2011 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: A1GGz, , , , , , ,   

    Barney Bubbles and Barney Google and Barney Rubbles: What’s the connection? 

    I recently played a compendium of  Vaudeville tunes and heard for the first time a song with a catchy hook called, “Barney Google with those great big googly eyes” which  Barney Bubbles may have been familiar with, he certainly had the googly eyes to match. (Possibly this song was an  antecedent of the search engine Google’s name too.)  He never mentioned that song – but I know he was a fan of  ‘Barney Rubble’  from the Flintstones (he would have been ‘Flintstoned’ no doubt) and their phrase “Yabbadabadoo !” which he frequently used.

    .. And here ladies and gints, is the song itself, which seems to imply carnal love of a horse, nabbed from the Wikki entry for ‘Barney Google’, who was the eponymous character from the strip cartoon out of Chicago begun in 1911:

    Who’s the most important man this country ever knew?
    Who’s the man our Presidents tell all their troubles to?
    No, it isn’t Mr. Bryan and it isn’t Mr. Hughes;
    I’m mighty proud that I’m allowed a chance to introduce:
    Barney Google—with the goo-goo-googly eyes,
    Barney Google—had a wife three times his size;
    She sued Barney for divorce,
    Now he’s sleeping with his horse!
    Barney Google—with the goo-goo-googly eyes!
    Who’s the greatest lover that this country ever knew?
    Who’s the man that Valentino takes his hat off to?
    No, it isn’t Douglas Fairbanks that the ladies rave about;
    When he arrives, who makes the wives chase all their husbands out?
    Barney Google—with the goo, goo, googly eyes,
    Barney Google—bet his horse would win the prize;
    When the horses ran that day,
    Spark Plug ran the other way!
    Barney Google—with the goo-goo-googly eyes!
     
  • davidwills 2:50 am on March 18, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: A1GGz, Colin Fulche,   

    ‘Bumps’ Burge drives bus on mystery tour 

    Roy Burge, known as Bumps for his brick-whacking exploits, is seen here steering the ‘Poor Sisters’ A1GGz ambulance on a  journey to adventures unknown. Although this could have been on a rainy ride to Rottingdean, where we broke down near the coast on some grey day, it could also shew the windscreen needed a wipe.

     
  • davidwills 9:08 pm on November 17, 2009 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: A1GGz, , , , , invention of the web   

    May 1983. “Yeah. These are for you, don… 

    May 1983. “Yeah. These are for you, don’t know what you’ll do with them, but I expect you’ll think of something, right?. Collage maybe?” said Barney when he gave me these old prints I’ve been posting lately. And that’s why the web was invented – to make possible their publication. They were in a box full of print tests. left over from some project way back, late ’67 or later. We were going to do a show of the influence of the A!GGZ,as an art project A1GGism, but it dissipated as an idea to do as 1969 wore on. I was unhappy with the prints and Barney wasn’t interested in the Mega Jumble sale that I was into. I’d made the prints over at the Fulcher family house enlarger in Colin Fulcher’s, aka Barney B’s, temporary darkroom on Tranmere Road, Whitton. Most of the negs were mine but the Muleskinners and the grad pix were photographed by Colin. In a way this is the continuation of the work barney and I started in ’63 and prepared for in ’67, to art-up a multi-media AiGGz show in the ongoing sequence of ‘Inspector Burge Investigates,’ the Image poster, the Erections and the Super 8 ‘music video.’ These pictures were intended as images for an A1GGz Poster and box, to contain the Ultimate.
    I’ll work this into a post I think.

     
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