MY GENERATION Sun. 22 & Mon. 23 Feb.: In Memoriam ‘Hoppy’, Blodwyn Pig 2015-07
Tonite Let’s All Make Love * Blodwyn Pig * Devil Drives * Jeff Beck * Sunday 1200 noon till 04 in the (Monday) morning & Monday 12 noon
JOHN “HOPPY” HOPKINS
“John “Hoppy” Hopkins, who has died aged 77 on 30 Jan. 2015, was one of the best-known counterculture figures of London in the 1960s, not just as a photographer and journalist, but as a political activist. He was the co-founder of at least three underground projects: International Times (IT) magazine; a fabled but short-lived music venue called the UFO Club; and the London Free school, a community-based adult education initiative. (… )
In the summer of 1965, he co-organised the first of the events that went on to be known as the Poetry Olympics at the Royal Albert Hall, London. (…)
In response to a police raid in March 1967 on the IT offices, Hoppy mounted the 14 Hour Technicolor Dream, a fundraising concert at Alexandra Palace; Peter Whitehead’s film of the event, Tonite Let’s All Make Love in London (1967), shows a dazed John Lennon wandering in the huge crowd, transfixed by Yoko Ono cutting a paper dress off a girl as Pink Floyd greet the north London sunrise”.
Source: Joe Boyd en Val Wilmer in http://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2015/feb/15/john-hoppy-hopkins
We pay tribute to Hoppy by playing
the entire soundtrack to Peter Whitehead’s Tonite, Let’s All Make Love In London: the expanded version released by See For Miles Records. Some footage was shot at the “14 Hour Technicolour Dream”, see above;
“Hoppy”, from Hapshash and the Coloured Cat’s 1967 album.
MICK ABRAHAMS – BLODWYN PIG
The roots of Mick Abrahams’ musical career were typical of aspiring guitarists in the mid-sixties, taking in stints with R&B groups like The Hustlers, The Toggery Five, Screaming Lord Sutch, Neil Christian’s Crusaders (replacing Jimmy Page) and his own McGregor’s Engine.
By late 1967, Mick had become a founder member of Jethro Tull, and throughout 1968 the band built up a reputation based on the already distinctive blues guitar of Abrahams and the flute playing and wild stage persona of Ian Anderson. The band’s unique blend of blues, jazz and rock was reflected in their first album This Was, an immediate UK chart hit. However, having two such strong personalities as a twin focus was always going to be a recipe for musical incompatibility, and Abrahams jumped ship at the end of 1968.
While Tull sailed a new course away from the blues under Captain Anderson, Mick formed his own band, dubbed Blodwyn Pig by a stoned hippy friend just back from the Buddhist trail. Their two albums, 1969’s Ahead Rings Out and 1970’s Getting To This, were a delightful amalgam of the ‘progressive blues’ of This Was and the jazzier influences of saxophonist Jack Lancaster, and both albums spent several weeks in the UK Top Ten charts. America also embraced the band in the course of two tours there” Source: the official website http://www.squirrelmusic.com/
ROBERT (BOB) HOKUM DEVIL DRIVES
Guitarist / vocalist Robert Hokum is founder and host musician of the Ealing Blues Festival since its inception in 1987, Ealing’s Robert Hokum is an established figure on the blues circuit. A versatile musician, he performs all styles of blues from the 1920’s to the present day and has even been known to rap. He plays with band The Devil Drives which promises to be the funkiest that he has ever gigged with.
MY GENERATION: THE SHOW
RADIO 68 TIME is 1 hour ahead of UK / UTC Time.
New show Sundays 12 noon ** Repeated Sundays 16:00 hrs, 20:00 hrs and 24:00 hrs (twelve midnight till 4 in the moorning) and Mondays 12 noon.
TONITE, LET’s ALL MAKE LOVE IN LONDON
Rare performances appearances, interviews: by Pink Foyd, Vashti, Mick Jagger, Vanessa Redgrave, Michael Caine, Alan Ginsberg, Julie Christie, Andrew Loog Oldham, David Hockney, The Small Faces, Twice As Much, The Marquess of Kensington, etc. .
“Departing from typical documentary styles, Tonite eschews neat narrative packaging and voice-over, and opts instead for a sometimes jarring montage of scenes from the London clubs and streets, rare footage of performances by the Stones, the Floyd (in one of their first-ever gigs at the UFO club), and others, and political rallies (with Vanessa Redgrave singing “Guantanamera”)–all intercut with the abovementioned interviews. One of the best of the latter is with a very young and charming David Hockney (below), who compares London to California and New York, and debunks ideas about the “swinging London” nightlife (“you need too much money”)” Source:
HAPSHASH AND THE COLOURED CAT: H-O-P-P-Y Why (1967 album) ** GERRY AND THE PACEMAKERS, Live 1964 ** BILL J. KRAMER & THE DAKOTAS ** BUFFALO SPINGFIELD ** ERIC ANDERSEN **
LONG PLAYER TIME! Entire albums, complete album sides or choice album tracks only.
BLOODWYN PIG: AHEAD RINGS OUT: the entire album (1969): see special.
New Show Sundays 14:30 hrs ** Repeated Sundays 18:30 hrs, 22:30 and 02:30 a.m.(Monday morning) and Monday 14:30 hrs
SPECIAL: DEVIL DRIVES ** THE ORIOLE RECORDS STORY: THE SPOTNICKS , THE CONTOURS , MARY WELLS , TITUS TURNER , JACKI TRENT , RUSTY & DOUG ** JEFF BECK GROUP with Bobby Tench (Rough and Ready) ** THE NORMAN BEAKER BAND ** HOOK HERRERA ** JEFF BECK with PAUL JONES, BOBBY TENCH, PETE BROWN ** MILLER ANDERSON