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  • davidwills 11:04 pm on February 24, 2010 Permalink | Reply
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    This set of objects nicely arranged here by… 

    This set of objects, nicely arranged here by clever artists in a faux Paolozzi/Barney head and shoulders set-up, remeniscent of Oz 12, was given to me by Barney in 1971, when I was preparing to travel to the West country, and the Scilly Isles, dispersing my collectables for something lighter. They were in exchange for the two type books I gave him, one with the Chicago signwriter’s ‘Chinese’ type face that he used on Poppa MMM Mao Mao, the other for the decorative borders he used on another record cover (I say, RandM, what was name?). Later when preparing to leave for Mill Valley CA in 1972/3 or maybe later on a visit, I also gave Barney the wallpaper pattern catalogs he used for the famous Ian Dury covers in answer to a specific request. This may have been in 1974. “(H)’ey, you still got those Sanderson wallpaper catalogues your Auntie Whatsit gave you? I could use ’em, got an idea to use ’em .”

    Addendum: I now think these were just some of the many cool things in the Big Box I got offa Barney in May 1983. One piece was his membership card to the club, at the Station Hotel, the club we frequented, and where Keith Richards opens the first paragraph in his really insightful bio.

    The record at top is a pirate recording of the Rolling Stones from, I think, around 1962, although I expect the actual disc was made later, the Beatles cards he collected in about 1967.

    • rebecca and mike 1:42 pm on February 25, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Hello. The name of the record you ask about in your post was ‘Three Parts To My Soul’ by the band ‘Dr Z’. The date ties in well with your recollections; ‘Three Parts To My Soul’ was released towards the end of 1971.

    • Natasza 6:56 pm on December 6, 2010 Permalink | Reply

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    • asis1947 4:56 pm on January 17, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      ” (He could have been [but wasn’t] the line-man Alan Stephenson, from Bristol, who said he was the distant grandson of ‘Rocket’ Stevenson.) ” Well it wasn’t the line man from Bristol that got the stencil ! Hi David. Last I saw you was in SF when I was at the Good Times paper. I am putting together a book on those line drawings (from New Worlds magazine) of mine right now and looked you up. write…allan@allanstephenson.com

  • davidwills 2:56 pm on January 9, 2010 Permalink | Reply
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    Invite to the Sounds Good Evening and more about the Perkinjean hallucination giro 

    Just came across these in the ol’ box o’ trix. This is the 1967 invitation to the ‘Sounds good evening’ (my words) a multi-dimensional extra-mural feast for all, including students from Twickenham art-school that Barney Burge and I concocted. The letterhead was designed by Barney and printed at Terrence Conran’s expense. This is a very rare, maybe the only(?) instance of a ‘Colin Fulcher’ credit.

    And here I reproduce the crib that Barney used for the Blockhead’s logo (197?). It is from, if I recall correctly, a rad book publishing house of the 30’s. Barney’s inspired version below..


    Photograph by David Wills Copyright! 2010 Barney the film director in action (1967) with his trusty super eight film movie camera on which he shot the world’s first made for TV music ‘video.’ He is looking through the view finder of my twin lens Yashica.

    Warning: Use of the Perkingean pattern assembly rotating giro (mentioned previously in this series of posts) can cause epileptic seizures and may result in irreparable harm if practiced in unsafe conditions such as a cliff edge

    Over at http://www.livescience.com/strangenews/081123-hallucinations.html you may see on this site excellent science gossip, it’s a place of transcendent know-it-alls – and where you may find wise words about the Perkinge effect. For instance, Patrizia Broghammer and Hermes Trismegistus both wrote on the subject. Thanks to them both and their host Live Science, for allowing me, in another dimension, the permission to quote you in full:

    Patrizia Broghammer says: “I think I have a simpler explanation of hallucinations.

    I do not agree that they are “located in the world around us, not in the mind’s eye”.

    It is exactly the opposite.

    Assuming that we do not see the world, but we see the world reflected by our eyes (in fact just consider how much sharper a vision is with glasses and how different reality can look seen under the lenses of a microscope) hallucinations are nothing else than a distorted transmission of what our eyes see or our ears hear or what our nose smells.

    If you send to the brain stimulus in a different way or if you distort the way stimulus are sent, you have hallucinations.

    You look at the same thing, but the conditions and the transmission of what you see is different.

    The same can happen without hallucinations, just with the brain conditioned by what we read or know.

    How much different a music sounds to our ears when we know it, or a painting looks when we actually are explained about it.”

    And HermesTrismegistus wrote:

    “ …  The idea that hallucinations are manifestations of extra-dimensional perception isn’t all that new, and one I agree with to a large extent.  Leary based a large portion of his research on a very similar premise.  Perception is an odd thing.  What’s labeled “real” and “hallucination” is largely subject to what the majority perceives.  There is no absolute way to define reality simply because those definitions of perception are themselves a product of individual perception.  Who’s to say those defining what is real and what isn’t aren’t hallucinating?  Delusions, when labeled “reality” by the majority, become so because people perceive them as such.”

    • rebecca and mike 9:56 am on January 10, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      it was very nice to see the A1 Good Guyz letterpaper make an appearance here… there are just a few other times you see a ‘Colin Fulcher’ credit in print, and those few times are usually in relation to his Conran work, but yes, certainly much rarer than his later ‘Barney Bubbles’ credit (which wasn’t exactly plentiful either!).

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