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  • davidwills 6:59 pm on November 1, 2012 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , , , , Get Happy, Hawkwind, , , , Prog Rock, Psychedelic, , Roadhawks   

    Barney Bubbles – Progressive's Progressives 

    What is this cornucopia of visual soda-pop we see below I hear you thirsty readers ask. It’s several Barney Bubbles posters, each shown in their successive stages of printing. Gasp in delight as you observe the inks being added one-by-one to create the final artistic vision. Pics hunted out by Barney boffins R&M (yes, them again) and shared here for your delight. Labels have been added to the pics to explain the ink build-up. Stay tuned for more inky tales…

    The colors in the progressives were borrowed from the Victorian era original copy of the Encyclopedia of Design and Decoration, 1885 or so, that I have mentioned before. Barney re-ownershipped the book when it was decomissioned from Twickenham art school use, and regularly used the multiplicity of extraordinary color combinations shewn therein in his works. The color-combination for the first Hawkwind poster was from a Moorish fabric design. The book was printed in something like 32 self-colors, some of which I’m sure were vegetable derived. The book is now worth a lot in the original printing.

    Progressive print stages of Barney Bubbles Hawkwind poster. 1970s.

    Progressive print stages of Barney Bubbles Hawkwind poster. 1970s.

    Progressive print stages of Barney Bubbles Elvis Costello poster. 1980s.

    • D.Cheema 10:01 pm on November 2, 2012 Permalink | Reply

      Thirsty work!

  • davidwills 4:12 pm on September 2, 2011 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , Counterculture, , Ed Barker, Edward Barker, exhibiton, Gallery, Hackney, Hawkwind, , Mick Farren, Open Gate Books, , Space, The Deviants. Watch Out Kids,   

    Mick Farren’s ‘Watch Out Kids’ inspires World Teleport in early hacking scandal 

    My indefatigable London correspondents R&M inform me that there’s a compact-size Mick Farren exhibition currently on show in riot-recovering Hackney. On the walls is every page of Mick Farren and Ed Barker’s 1972 book ‘Watch Out Kids’ for which I did the cover art, and in the corners a couple monitors with period and contemporary interviews featuring Mick.

    Mildly irrelevant aside
    Funny this should come up now, I’m painting a thirty-two foot high mural of the view down the valley I was living in in ’74 when Mick Farren visited and memorably said on looking down the burnt sienna and Umber scene of buccolic perfection, “It needs some Vegas neon.”

    I think of this as I paint, thinking to subvert the sylvan Vedic vistas before me with a crass blaze of Nickelodeon brash. The valley is one over from the Zen Buddhist monastery, and has its own connections with zen through the library of Allen Watts, which is one of two rain-barrel houses designed by Roger Sommers. Set in a one time ‘deliberate community’ of about six main buildings with various outhouses and built to fool the building inspectors who never discovered the full extent of the habitats grouped in the euk’ knoll on what is now state park. When I was there in ’74 it was a mature 1950’s hippie scene, called ‘Druid Heights’, with Watts, the beat generations’ favorite buddhist Church of England priest wandering around in a robe with a bottle; Roger Sommers, a jazz playing visionary builder, who has in retrospect has become the founder of the Tiny Homes Movement – he studied under Frank Lloyd Wright; Margo St. James the Whore organizer with whom I went on to found the Hookers Ball; The King of Carpenters, a stylish craftsman and his potter wife; and the poet Elsa Gidlow in whose goat house I stayed. In one of two wood shops, lived the landlords son, Tagore, a chippie who went on to be an engineer at Enron, and his girlfriend with whom I got very well, Julie, the classical flautist whom I married. Julie went on to the South Bronx in ’82 and was influential in early Rap.

    When I read Mick’s book back then I told him that I had thought of a sequel and would write it. It was from that forgotten story that the Street Lightnin’ Gang (The Graffiti Artists Union, with President for Life, Molly Rodriguez Bode) evolved, leading to the glorious discoveries of World Teleport, that so changed the diesel emissions standards of the world, and leading to cleaner skies everywhere.

    My cover art for Mick and Ed's book

    Walls: Some of the book. Video: Yippie invasion of the David Frost show 1970, with Mick in full flight heckle.

    Exhibition signing-in book

    • Deepinder Cheema 8:55 am on February 14, 2012 Permalink | Reply

      I recall reading about the trouble this book caused. It was regarding the IT sheet between IT 15 and 16, it was issue no 15.25 if I recall correct. This was printed whole in the book, but IT wrote with a reference to an identified Policeman using heavy booted tactics. This reference had to be redacted from every copy the publishers could lay their hands on.

    • davidwills 3:10 am on February 15, 2012 Permalink | Reply

      I have that effect on books – the so-called ‘history’ of the Oklahoma City bombing by my ol’ compadre, whom we’ll call ‘Bill Evans,’ a young man in both brain and body from Idaho who, laking good sense used his good credit, his dad’s money , to fund the Haight Ashbury Newspaper of the early 1980’s. He ended up in Bosnia in 2005 or so, in jail for threats with a fake gun. As far as I know he’s still there. Anyway, his book got burnt, the entire printing, except the one copy I own. A general had sued for defamation.

      There was all these zines I worked on, Oz and Ink and Curious and Friendz, they all got busted.

      In 1970 I had been warned by the Lord Chamberlain’s office in the peson of a pyjamad officer of censorship early one morning in Kensington Mews. He told me to “… stop working on these depraved sheets of filth.” That attack by the crown on my person denied me a livelihood. So that’s what got me to San Francisco in 1973. That and Pamela Poland, the vamp from Mill Valley.

  • davidwills 1:28 am on July 9, 2011 Permalink | Reply
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    Many of Colin Fulcher’s (AKA Barney Bubblles) album covers to be seen 

    I just found this
    Which means it’s probably been around a while. ‘Tis a view of much of the Colin Fucher (AKA Barney Bubbles) ouvre, I could correct one or two things in the biography, but a it’s good show and worth a visit.
  • davidwills 4:39 am on July 6, 2011 Permalink | Reply
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    The glossy, brightly coloured illustrations by Denis McLoughlin in the Buffalo Bill Wild West Annual 

    The glossy, brightly coloured illustrations by Trent Magreggor ? (no – see below) in the Buffalo Bill Wild West Annual of 1958 were a big influence on Colin Fulcher. I’d been looking for the artist for a while and came across the reference to the book in Kieth Richards’ book ‘Life.’

    • davidwills 4:52 am on July 6, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      I think the editor was John Groom, but who was the illustator?

    • david wills 5:11 am on July 6, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      The Comic Art of Denis McLoughlin No. 1: A Comics Monographs Special Issue ~ Book ~ Stated first edition, 2007. Perfect bound, 102 pages including covers, illustrated in black and white.

  • davidwills 11:01 pm on March 9, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , Brinsley Schwarz, , Cressida, Dr Z, Glastonbury, Gracious, Hawkwin, Hawkwind, Revelations, Teenburger, Teenburger Designs   

    I’ll have relish with that: Barney Bubbles’ Teenburger 

    Hi David
    Here's Barney Bubbles' own letterpaper when he worked under the name
    of Teenburger Designs (the early 1970s). The back of the letterpaper
    features an oozing burger; the front of the letterpaper just has the
    address printed on it. It's actually printed on square-shaped thin
    tissue paper, the kind that burgers get wrapped in.
    We had this item up in the Barney Bubbles exhibition we did a few
    years ago; you can just about see it in one of the photos of the
    exhibition that lie a few kilometers below in your blog!
    Best wishes,
    Rebecca and Mike
    David writes: I think this was the first thing that Barney designed when
    he moved into 307 Portobello Road.
  • davidwills 5:28 pm on November 15, 2009 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , Brion Gysin, , Dreammachine, Hawkwind, , Rod Stewart, William Burroughs   

    See Perkinje pattern lamp shade and Barney Bubbles as he takes acid for the first time. 


    1967. Mod meets freak. Here we see the late 20th century at that moment in time when Barney Bubbles first ingested LSD. This touching family scene shows the gang preparing in front of the mirror in my room at Leigh Court, West Kensington, London W14, for the Alexandra Palace all-weekend bash. Barney’s hair is being combed back down, mod style, by Lorry One-day-to-be-Sartorio, to give it that fluff-it-up bouffant, Rod Stewart look. Barney’s dopamine receptor induced glassy eyes stare from a mask painted on his face, on which another mask is to be affixed. He looks to be drying his nail polish. John Muggeridge to the left. I photographed the occasion thinking it to be historic, I was right.

    Above the cosy scene is a lamp shade I bought at Conran’s store, Habitat. (Which I seem to remember was in Heal’s, could that be possible?) Barney, at this time, was working at Conran’s design studio and was friendly with a manager there, whom he advised on some purchases for the store. One of his recommendations was this lampshade, because it reminded him of the Perkinje Pattern based Dreammachine we had once considered making. This spinning optical illusion device, the Dreamachine, was invented by Brion Gysin, a writer and performance artist (and associate of William Burroughs), with scientist Ian Sommerville. The Dreammachine was a  stroboscopic flicker device designed to be viewed with the eyes closed and produce visual stimuli.

    I had bought the lampshade forgetting about the Dreammachine association, although it seemed familiar, so when Barney asked me, “Y’ going to use the Lampshade then?” I didn’t know what he was talking about. I figured it out and explained that it didn’t spin and the geometry was wrong so it wouldn’t work.

    Reproduced here below for new readers who have not investigated the back story, is the post I previously posted explaining the workings of the Dreammachine and the Perkinje Pattern effects.

    Perkinje Patterns: Great Flickering Fingers – it’s the Dreammachine

    Here’s something for the Hawkwind crowd – how Barney amused himself. Gysin was the guy who taught Burroughs to do cut-ups. Here Gysin describes the lowdown heads-up on one of Barney the Entertainer’s (p)arty tricks. You probably all know that Barney got his cut-up text ideas for that Hawkwind booklet off Bill Burroughs, who in turn worked with and was influenced by poet Brion Gysin. But did you know that one of Barney entertainments used Gysin’s discovery of the Dreamachine? Read all about it here.

    Strange News: Key to Hallucinations Found

    By Jen Palmares Meadows, Scientific Blogging

    Almost fifty years ago, the beat poet Brion Gysin (1916 – 1986), described a visual hallucination that he experienced while riding a bus:

    …Had a transcendental storm of colour visions today in the bus going to Marseille. We ran through a long avenue of trees and I closed my eyes against the setting sun. An overwhelming flood of intensely bright patterns in supernatural colours exploded behind my eyelids: a multidimensional kaleidoscope whirling out through space. I was swept out of time. I was in a world of infinite number. The vision stopped abruptly as we left the trees. Was that a vision? What happened to me? (Brion Gysin, 21 December 1958)

    Gysin, a writer and performance artist, though known for his discovery of the cut-up technique, which inspired writers like William S. Burroughs, was also the co-inventor (along with scientist Ian Sommerville) of the Dreamachine, a stroboscopic flicker device designed to be viewed with the eyes closed and produces visual stimuli.

    At the end of his documentation, Gysin asks, “Was that a vision? What happened to me?”


    According to Dominic ffytche of the Institute of Psychiatry in London, and author of ‘The Hodology of Hallucinations,’ a study recently published in an issue of Cortex, “Fifty years on we are able to answer Gysin’s question.” Gysin’s hallucinations were quite similar to what Jan Purkinje (1787-1869), the father of contemporary neuroscience, experienced as a child.

    “I stand in the bright sunlight with closed eyes and face the sun. Then I move my outstretched, somewhat separated, fingers up and down in front of the eyes, so that they are alternately illuminated and shaded. In addition to the uniform yellow-red that one expects with closed eyes, there appear beautiful regular figures that are initially difficult to define but slowly become clearer. When we continue to move the fingers, the figure becomes more complex and fills the whole visual field. (Purkinje, 1819)

    When Purkinje moved his fingers, he simulated an effect similar to that of Gysin’s Dreamachine.


    And check this, out.


    • Rebeca and Mike say: The Dreamachine eh? Looking at stuff with your eyes closed eh?Okay then, there was a poster Barney did for the fictitious band ‘The Image’ (members of the band were Roger, Pete, Colin, Roy and Wöll). The poster featured a silhouette of a guitar-weilding guy, and was printed in two strong colours (there are different colour variations of this poster). You have to stare for a while at a star-shaped badge the guitar guy is wearing and then shut your eyes. Low and behold, due to the magic of after-imagery, ‘The Image’ of a pop star you’ve just been looking at appears, as if on the back of your eyelids!

      Before we’d come across this poster, we’d used a slightly similar after-image technique for a fashion shoot we did for Tank magazine in London. You stared at green tights (for example) and when you’d charged your eyeballs up enough you looked over to the photograph of the girl, and all of a sudden she was wearing pink tights!

    • The Wöll, in RandM’s comment above is my pseudonym of the time. This ‘Image’ poster is another in the co-operative pieces Fulcher and I worked on together and which are only half credited in gorman’s ‘Reasons.’ In the absence of any obliging personnel to fulfill our grand ideas of impresariodom, we were inventing the band, The Image, in reverse, graphics first then the band.
    • John Cowell 5:30 pm on November 17, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Hi David, Just saw the Book of Barney and that pic of us all outside 307. Do you have a copy? If you ever come to London – I guess your not here – do get in touch. John (Cowell) BTW I know my web site’s crap!

      • davidwills 10:59 pm on January 21, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        Hey John, saw your name as ‘brother John’ in the NYTimes with breaking news. What’s hot in sounds these days? Don’t got no print of the line up.

    • Lia Denae 7:50 pm on May 30, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      I’m dear past freomd of John M and Barney, in London for just one week, can we meet?
      Lia (formerly Sarah Seagull)

  • davidwills 5:35 pm on October 6, 2009 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , Advert, , , Brian Ferry, Canada, Chris Gabrin, , ElvisCostello, , Hawkwind, ick Lowe, InnerCityUnit, , KeithRichard, , Love, Motorhead, N, , RadarRecords, RollingStones, Roxy Music, Sphynx, Thalidomide, TheAttractions, ThisYearsModel, Valium, Xitintoday   

    Nik Turner pictured and Lemmy named in Elvis Costello advert 

    pic: courtesy of Rebecca and Mike*  To see it up big, click on’t.

    hi David. well, we plunged into the Barney Bubbles tombola and pulled out this item for you. hopefully your readers will enjoy seeing this.

    okay… so… this is an advert Barney designed for Elvis Costello’s LP ‘This Years Model’ 1978. this is one of a series of adverts that Barney designed for the LP, all were on different themes. this one (as you can see) is themed ‘Drugs’. the pic is big enough for you folks to be able to read the labels and have a go at decoding it; we can argue between ourselves in the comments department over who is who and what means what, and warm Siberia up a bit.

    of immediate interest to Hawkwind readers might be that Nik Turner and Lemmy both make an appearance in this Elvis Costello advert (that’s Nik in the top middle picture, and Lemmy is name-checked under the top right picture).

    David W writes: Down in the comments dungeon it is explained that the top right picture is of Little Tony, not Hawkwind’s Lemmy although that is what the caption implies.

    I would expect that this was designed as a center spread with no split, and got shoved elsewhere by Jarvis in production, I don’t think Barney would have designed an everything-centred layout if he had known it was going to be split. Factis, if I recall aright, it was a bit unusual for the Ol’boy to center anything if he could help it. So prove me wrong. I remember having some circles with type in them, I asked “Flush left or centred?” and he answered quick as a spark, “Flush left!” with the implied “Of course, you idiot.”

    *Who may, in due course, resend another shot of this ad, perhaps with a sheet of glass on top for extra flatness, with the full-frontal of Nik showing in the across-the-back split at the fold so that our Nik T fans can admire his charm.

    Outraged Barnophiles gibe: there’s a lot of centred barney texts, like there’s a lot of ranged left (or right) texts.

    there’s also a lot of barney design that is willfully designed to not fit the format…

    DW: And so it is that wise things are said that refute my mumblings and wise me up – especially when used with the word ‘wilfully’ to describe The B. Wilfull is of the essence.

    RM: glass?

    DW: Ok, no glass then, how ’bout showing all the ink that is currently hid by overlapping pages?

    RM: words split by a fold?

    boy, you is gettin old and cranky

    DW: Got that right. I called myself ‘Eric Stodge’ for a reason.

    RM: but, we are still friends okay! LOL! 🙂

    • Phil Franks 5:41 am on October 7, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      That top right image looks nothing at all like Lemmy.

      Could it be Little Tony?

    • rebecca and mike 6:44 am on October 7, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      you’re right phil, top right is definitely not Lemmy, but underneath the pic it says ‘Lemmys sulphate’: that’s what we were referring to when we said Lemmy makes an appearance by being name-checked under the pic. we didn’t mean the actual pic itself. apologies for any unintentional confusion!

    • rebecca and mike 7:04 am on October 7, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      the bottom right image is the Canadian flag and it says ‘Keith Richard’ underneath it. got this explanatory text from Wikipedia:

      “The most serious charges Richards faced resulted from his arrest on 27 February 1977 at Toronto’s Harbour Castle Hote, when the Royal Canadian Mounted Police found him in possession of “22 grams of heroin”. Richards was originally charged with “possession of heroin for the purpose of trafficking” – an offence that under the Criminal Code of Canada can result in prison sentences of seven years to life. His passport was confiscated and Richards and his family remained in Toronto until 1 April, when Richards was allowed to enter the United States on a medical visa for treatment for heroin addiction. The charge against him was later reduced to “simple possession of heroin”.

    • Phil Franks 7:25 am on October 7, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      R&M – you do say Lemmy is “name-checked” so any confusion is purely in my own mind.

      The more I look at it the more I’m convinced the photo is of Little T.

      The pills could be Mandrax, widely used in those days…

    • rebecca and mike 6:24 pm on October 8, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      The pills in the bottom left?

      They’re single-scored and have the imprint Roche 2, which according to online drug identification resources would suggest they’re Diazepam, which was first marketed as Valium by Roche. http://www.pharmer.org/images/foreign/diazepam-roche-2

      The phrase under the pic says Valium too, so perhaps this particular image and word combination is one of the more straightforward ones in the advert! We believe that Mandrax was marketed by Roussel, so would never have carried the Roche imprint.

      We’ve read that Valium is used for a variety of conditions; the treatment of panic attacks and the treatment of overdosage with hallucinogens being a couple examples. However, we’re not drug experts, so please always consult a doctor first!

    • davidwills 12:41 am on October 11, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Barney and I would swap tales of adventure and daring, on the occassions when we met, he’d tell of his latest escapades, and mentioned one time as how he’d used Tony in an ad, that it was amusing and drug related. What year we talking here, 1977?

    • rebecca and mike 6:54 pm on October 11, 2009 Permalink | Reply


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