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  • davidwills 8:13 pm on April 9, 2013 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Alex Sanders, , , , , , Friends, , , Magick, Naked, Newspaper, Underground, Witch   

    Barney Bubbles – Friends With Sleeves Rolled Up 

    Here shared for your viewing delight is a page taken from underground newspaper Friends, featuring a snap taken by photographic legend Phil Franks (the essential silver-salt and cellulose documenter of the happenin’ Grove Gate London underground of the late 60s and early 70s), to whom thanks are given.

    The exposed flesh of witch Nicki was being painted by myself and Barney Bubbles at the time, captured by Phil, and printed in Friends for posterity; a naked flesh canvas to play out our painterly symbolism upon. I am absent from this particular frame, and Barney is darting out-of-sight (as usual), sleeves rolled up in earnest painterly mode. Underneath the photo? Some text about Alex Sanders’ coven, and musings on the dangers of the Ritual of materialising Astaroth.

    First outed in R&M’s seminal ‘The First Barney Show Ever 2001’, now republished here. And lest I forget to mention, another similar but different (and also by Phil) pic of the scene got used by me in an erotically charged mag at around the same time.

    Want more? Did you see this earlier blog entry, where Barney is spotted on video walking through the Friends office, scalpel in hand.

    See you again soon, dear readers.

  • davidwills 3:22 pm on October 20, 2012 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: alex darcy, anne townsend, berti, candida, cary richardson, charles shaar murray, chris allen, , , deyan sudjic, eddie allen, , henry harcus, john dreyer, oz 28, , oz obscenity trial, peter popham, richard neville, rob january, robb douglas, school kids issue, school kids oz, stephen williams, steve lavers, t.i. bradford, trudi, Underground, viv kylastron   

    Oz 28 – School Kids Issue 

    Here’s my copy of School Kids Oz #28, currently held in custardy (sic) in some lock-up somewhere. I worked on this issue. Page order is from left to right, top to bottom. Click on a spread to view the pages larger as a slideshow. Want to supersize a spread?: Click ‘View Full Size’ (bottom right) when in slideshow mode and then click on the image again to further magnify. The only limitation is your imagination – Vwwrreee!

    • Stephen Schwartz 10:01 pm on September 14, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Worked for Merl Saunders, really family,
      Looking for poster 1, and the one from
      1985. Anyway you can help. I was friends
      With Pablo, all at the grove! Omg stories!!!

  • davidwills 7:57 am on April 15, 2012 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , , , Underground   

    Schoolkids OZ 

    Jim Anderson found the art, by a French man If I recall right, but may have been found by the kids in one of his mags. I suggested using it on both front and back, designed it, positioned the strategically placed student, under orders from advisers, including Felix Dennis – to obscure the genitals.

  • davidwills 7:17 am on April 15, 2012 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Coprophilia, , , dot to dot, , , , scat, , Underground   

    Schoolkids OZ – Dot To Dot Do It 

    Clue: Shiitake mushroom

  • davidwills 7:11 am on April 15, 2012 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: cartoon, , , , , robert crumb, rupert bear, , Underground   

    Schoolkids OZ – Rubert Bares All! 

    Please read the numbers in the bottom left hand corner, the rugged logic of this epic is only apparent when one reads down the columns – not across.

    Here’s the Robert Crumb Rupert Bear strip collaged and hand colour-separated into Schoolkids OZ, done by schoolkid Viv Kylastron. This being one of the issues I helped design, I completed the overlay when Viv left it unfinished. Surprisingly this issue became the subject of a high-profile obscenity case with this cartoon attracting special note.

    At first, because the names in the credits did not list the occupations of the accused, everybody listed was prosecuted. When we were all herded into John Mortimer QC’s paneled office there were maybe 8 people in the room all charged with whatever the cops had cooked up. Council worked some legal words and all except the editors, Richard Neville, Jim Anderson and Felix Dennis, were able to leave.

    I heard Felix talking to Richard at a ’95 Oz reunion in London saying that he’d heard from so-snd-so that the whole court case was pre-arranged by the government to first have the fusty old judge declare them guilty, to give ’em a taste of jail, eh what, then let them go on appeal.

    • Lucy 10:41 pm on December 29, 2013 Permalink | Reply

      Where did you get the name Viv Kylastron from? His name is Viv (Vivian) Berger.

    • Paul Gravett 2:21 pm on February 1, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      Hello David, I am co-curating a big exhibition on British comics, incl undergrounds, for the British Library. It would be great to be in touch and hear more about the Oz schoolkids issue and trial. Is Viv Berger still around? The BL has audio tapes of the trial we will play extracts from incl. Viv’s cross examination. Paul

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

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

    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.

  • davidwills 2:36 am on July 6, 2011 Permalink | Reply
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    Masie P does Bengali in Whitton on a visit to Colin Fulcher’s home town haunts 

    Masie P. writes: I had a brief stay back in Twickenham last week and had yet another culinary delight from Whitton High Street.  A new Bengali restaurant has opened where the John Greigs store used to be.  It’s in the style of Southall High Street eateries, but a little more refined than the stand-up takeaway.  It is of course, completely vegetarian and non-alcoholic and the food comes in pantechnicon-sized containers and costs pennies.
    I took my son and eldest grand-daughter for a birthday treat… eight…  and the waiter was amazed that such a wee child was relishing the chillies in the dhosa.  Takes after her Nanna. 🙂
    Been painting blue angels all week…  I seem to have a comic-book streak hidden away in me somewhere, that keeps making a break for it.
  • davidwills 9:58 pm on March 16, 2011 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , , , , , , Underground   

    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 5:33 pm on December 12, 2009 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: acid, arts lab, , Carol Rusoff, Judi Cowper, Moody Blues, , Rudi, Underground   

    The Shepherds Bush Mob at the Rusoff’s 

    1968 or more possibly, March 1969, 28 Addison Gardens, watching BBC TV TW3(?) from far right: that’s writer and teacher, with Afghani soft-hat and moustache, Gary Rusoff; upagainstthewall with thoughtful hand on chin is the drama person in a cap, Carol Rusoff, both of whom whom we met at the Front Room Indian Restaurant on North End Road; Rudi, as in the song, takes a hit on the bong; next, with black Trilby embroidered with colorful braid lurks the secretive American draft protester ‘Rod’; all in white is high school teacher in Washinton State, Judi Cowper,whom we met through the Arts Lab crash pad switchboard; with tricorn and a blaze of light sits the Barney holding a torch (what I now call a flash light) probably hoping it would obscure his face; looks to be someone in a hooded mask, lower left, could be Judi’s husband, or it could have been, but wasn’t, the guy from the Moody Blues who lived upstairs, maybe it is Gary’s cousin Barbara(?), or it could be Diney Bercel just before she left for Florence, nope, I think she was there already; and I think that’s me top far-left, time lapse photographer, Wills, in cap, sweater and regalia.

    Perhaps Gary or Carol will oblige us with their thoughts.

    • Joseph Mark Glazner 3:32 pm on January 22, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      David, I showed your photo to Garry Rusoff a few years ago and he wasn’t sure who was who. I showed it to a friend on Facebook more recently and she thought one of the people might be Richard Neville of Oz, the paper which Garry sometimes wrote for. Not sure if you would find this interesting, but I recently wrote a book called Life After America, a memoir about the wild and crazy 1960s, which is about my first two years in Montreal as a draft resister, FBI fugitive, new immigrant, tabloid writer, journalist, and John Lennon’s accidental muse at the Montreal Bed-In. Garry has a brief cameo in the story. Carol does too but is indentified only as Garry’s girlfriend. The fellow who lived upstairs was Moody Blues’ Mike Pinder. He had a short marriage to Garry’s cousin, Donna Arkoff Roth, who went on to become an acclaimed Hollywood producer. https://www.amazon.co.uk/Life-After-America-memoir-about-ebook/dp/B0765VRXD9/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1516634908&sr=1-1&refinements=p_27%3AJoseph+Mark+Glazner

      • davidwills 1:18 am on August 22, 2019 Permalink | Reply

        Hi after a couple of years I got back on my weblog and found your letter. I’m in infrequent contact with Garry. Not sure I know what picture you refer to….

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