8-21, 1968** Approaching AD., A.M. — Fitoscreenic-Hermes IYS ****** If IT never publishes anything save what is already »* PilgQ 1 1 PERFUMED GARDEN John peel One SYMPATHIES and my love to all those humiliated during and following the recent raid on the Middle Earth w..^ girl told me that she was searched four times by an assortment of robust lady policemen. They found nothing, Xiit didn t seem to mind. In view of all this may I urge your renewed support for RELEASE. You may be next, of course, if you go out and get drunk, puke and urinate in the tubes and harass other and sober citizens, well, that's just comic old British behaviour, go to it freely. Mick Jagger (you know the one I mean) is now officially associated with the Rome Fes- tival scheduled for May 4th- 10th. I must confess me truly that I once thought this was another mad publicist's brain child. However, it is destined to happen and I hope you will find your beautiful way to Italy and be there. If you can achieve £33 you can travel from London Town to Rome (Roma, if you must), spend a week in a splendid Roman hotel and attend every Festi- val performance. You may then return to London (also in- cluded in the £33). The list of artists is impres- sive and among those signed are Donovan, the Blossom Toes, the wondrous Captain Beefheart and his Magic Band, the Crazy World of Your Arthur Brown, the Crome Syrcus with the "Astarte" ballet, Dantalian's Chariot, the Fairport Convention, the Family, the Incredible String Band, the recently busted Steve Miller Blues Band, the Move, the Nice, the Pink Floyd, the Soft Machine, Traffic and the Who. So put DEAR DELILAH BY GRAPEFRUIT ON R.C.A. ltd that lot in your pipe and er . . . smoke it. SOUNDS There are regiments of good records available at the moment. We will deal with American LPs first. You should hear "Vincebus Eruptum" (it's all right, it's legal now) by Blue Cheer at the highest volume available to you. "Love Cycle" by the above mentioned Crome Syrcus. "The Eyes of the Beacon Street Union" opens with a recitation which caused me a certain de- gree of gastric distress although it contains a few good moments later. "Heavy" by the Iron Butterfly (often Cream-y) is worth hearing for the "Theme." The Steppenwolf LP has some good moments, especially "Hootchie Kootchie Man" (not again, you say). On the Ode label there is an LP by Spirit who have a bald drummer (I read like Penny Valentine this week, I'm afraid) and are rather good. The Dirty Blues Band is worth having for the fact that sun-guitarist Glenn Campbell is lurking therein, although his contribu- tions do him scant justice. Finally there is an excellent record from Eden's Children which I hope you'll try to hear. All of these things are avail- able from fabled One-Stop Records in South Molton Street. (Payola is a cruel reality.) Some tracks will occur on "Top Gear" or the Wednes- day night 55 minutes. However, the best tracks are often the longest also and there are so many good things bubbling around that we cannot get everything that we would wish into the 45 minutes needle time we have. (We = me + producers). It is all a bit frus- trating. Incidntally if you're a blues fan there are many essential L.P.'s on Blues Classic and Arhoolie. In fact you could buy any record on these labels and buv well. Also available from One - Step. I hope you already own the Love, Fleetwood Mac, Tim Rose, Dylan, Buffalo Spring- field and Donovan LPs. Lurch down to your nearest fave rave record shoppe and 'hear/ buy the "Thoughts of Emerlist Davjack" LP by the Nice. II contains "Rondo" which is the best thing of its kind I've heard —whatever that means. There are many ecstatic moments on it. The Leonard Cohen LP or CBS fills any room with thai elusive atmosphere of deej peace and warmth normally re^ served for Donovan's poetry. The most striking record due for release is "The Hangman's Beautiful Daughter" from the Incredible String Band. This is a journey through mists and heather, through the past, present and future, through sun and spring rain. If you own ¦a gramophone, have a friend, mistress, employer with access to one such or plan to initiate the purchase of such a device, then start saving your money for this art treasure. While I'm rambling on about the good things (cue for a song) let me mention the latest book of poetry from Adrian Mitchell which is called "Out Loud" (Cape - Goliard Press). There are poems therein that made me sad, made me laugh, gave me hope and made me angry. There is nothing more that I can sav other than that I hope you get a chance to read these poems. "Whisper and Shout", No. 1 — available from 56 Jackson Avenue, Mickleover, Derby, if nowhere else, for 2s 6d., (which is considerable value for money) — features the Love and War poems of Kenneth Patchen which has had the same effect on me as the Adrian Mitchell book. Having had poetry pounded into me brutallv at the curious schools I attended I am only just finding out that poetry can really be enjoyed and appreciated. AZTEC LEGEND An extraordinary being claiming to be the Norman J; Partington of Aztec legend arrived at my doorstep accom- panied by the Three Kings who, it is rumoured, of Orient Are, at some astounding hour of this imorning threatening that, should I omit to mention that on March 8th (Friday) the Spencer Davis Group will be appearing at the International Hall in Brunswick Square, W.C.I., from 8 till 1, with assorted other delights, I would be visited in the fleshier parts of my firm young body (well) by fast moving footwear. I will never bow to such foul pressures. Do you realize that 85 per cent of the mail I receive through the BBC comes from males? It's a sobering thought I shall get my teeth capped. Have you subscribed to Peace News? The Tyrannosaurus Rex LP progresses although my con- tribution has been recorded already. I do not sing. Be ready for it. I hope you'll forgive me as I don't feel very cheerful at the moment. DANDELION DIES A sadness is over Peel Acres. Dandelion, Hamster - Extraor- dinary, died last week of some strange hamsterian disease. I shall miss her scampering and grinning. I shall miss teling you about her. With the atrocities of a war waged by madmen claiming hundreds of lives daily it may seem foolish to weep for a silent, furry animal. However, I loved Dandelion and I'm sad. Shirley, Marc, Gloria, Terry and others are sad too — I hope you will be, briefly. Remember, Dandelion loved you too. " The beginning of all things lies still in the beyond. In the form of ideas that have yet to become real." I. Ching The ideas are becoming reality at ONE SfOP RECORDS Albums by: Blue Cheer, Dirty Blues Band, Donovan, Dylan, Ritchie Havens, Blues Project, Chrome Syrcus, Iron Butterfly, Tim Rose, Leonard Cohen, Pierre Henry, Electric Flag, Velvet Underground, Jefferson Air- plane, Love, Doors. And soon: The Hangman's Beautiful Daughter Incredible String Band 1968 IS the year of Elektra. 40 South Moulton St., W.1. 629 4200 2 The Square, Richmond 940 2029 Opening March 30th 13 Gateway House, Picadilly Station, Manchester. MUSIC TO LOVE BY. BYE BUY BABY at CHRIS WELLARDS RECORD SHOP BLUES, ROCK, WEST COAST, JAZZ, FOLKS 6, LEWISHAM WAY. NEW CROSS, LONDON, S.E.14. Phone 01-692 5534 Write for our list ol wav out and unusual records DOBELL'S FOLK 75B CHARING CROSS ROAD, LONDON W.C.2 437-5746 (For the very best in Blues and Folk) Also Great Stocks of Lenny Bruce, Ginsberg and Ferlinghetti. Dance at Albany Institute, Creek Road, Deptford. 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