THE SOFT MACHINE
From the madcap Dada-inspired freakouts of the ’60s to Robert Wyatt being politely told where to go. We follow the trials? and tribulations of the lads from psychedelic saviours to serious jazz nuts.
Jac Holzman is deservedly remembered as the trailblazing force behind the truly independently-minded Elektra Records, but further north in Toronto, Canada, Jack Boswell was mining a very similar terrain on the similarly pioneering label Allied Records. The Nihilist Spasm Band, The Folklords, Plastic Cloud, Reign Ghost and the underbelly of ’60s Canadian music are explored in depth.
Shindig! rightly believe the sole 1969 LP by Californian duo EUPHORIA to be one the finest of its era. Fuzz, country-rock, acid-drenched madness, England, MOR and orchestration fight for space on the invigorating A Gift From Euphoria.
Merrell Fankhauser is best known for the sunshine pop, folk rock, and psychedelic music he and his various bands recorded in California and on the Hawaiian Islands in the late ’60s and early ’70s. He also dedicated much of the ’70s to studying the lost civilisation of Mu.
Great Britain’s provincial suburban sprawl threw up countless aspiring guitar-wielding mod bands in the ’60s. Some even achieved the dizzy heights of record contracts, high fashion photo shoots and Georgie Fame support slots that eluded so many.
Ellis Kingston shines a valuable light on one such band – known during their ’60s odyssey as The Children, The Lovin’, The Nerve and The Duffy Taylor Blues – with the help of singer, songwriter and guitarist Rob Duffy.
In the ’60s, the original Nirvana were pioneers of orchestrally-driven psychedelic folk-pop, and can lay claim to creating what many recognise to be the first concept album in The Story Of Simon Simopath. Their only single to reach the UK Top 40, ‘Rainbow Chaser’, is rightly regarded as a classic today, and its appearance on countless reissues ensures that the legacy of Nirvana lives on. Founder member Patrick Campbell-Lyons has been re-living his youth, and details the whole crazy trip in his new book, Psychedelic Days.
OBITS: REGGIE KING and INGRID PITT.
TIN TIN: THE COUNTER CULTURE YEARS
Tintin – boy reporter, champion of the downtrodden, protector of the weak. Surely this timeless icon of do-goodery didn’t have an alternative side?
Read on to discover a hidden side to Belgium’s most famous son.
CAT STEVENS signed Birmingham psych movers Yellow Rainbow to an agency deal with his Doric Management company in October 1967, renaming the band ZEUS and overseeing the recording of two never released tracks. Intent on shedding his teenybopper straightjacket, Stevens hired them to back him at an important showcase gig in Paris. It should have been the start of a beautiful relationship but instead dissolved in acrimony a mere four months later.
After playing in, and being fired from, the first incarnation of The Jefferson Airplane,
Bob Harvey befriended Paul Williams and set about forming THE HOLY MACKEREL in 1967. STUART A HAMILTON talks with the bassist about the highs and the lows.
AUSTIN MATHEWS heads for deep space as he chats with heavy psychedelic guitar progenitor TERRY BROOKS about his life, music and NASA.
From music box experimentation to collaborating with Nitin Sawhney, multi-instrumentalist singer-songwriter Hannah Peel has just made an astonishing debut album Broken Wave that mixes English melancholia with lush film score touches.
COLORAMA are one of the most exciting bands making music anywhere in the universe right now. ANDI EDWARDS talks with main man CARWYN ELLIS about new album Box and the music that inspires this master craftsman.
If The Beach Boys were a dune buggy for one man’s madness, then North Wales’ Y NIWL are four freshmen driving the Welsh mountainside headlong into the sea.
Retro Fashion, Events, Reviews And Hullabaloos.