Introduction: Who Owns the Words Owns the Writer

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Time speeds along the straights, slows at the corners, smashes through the gates. Unknown destinations broaden the mind. Brakes scream where they must. Under the Counterculture is a celebration of left-field thinking, mad ideas and strange truths from the underground - music, literature, art and philosophy, science, sex, drugs and technology -back-projected from the past, … Continue reading Introduction: Who Owns the Words Owns the Writer

Patti Smith by Victor Bockris


Fantastic feature and review of Victor Bockris’ biography on Patti Smith…

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Living the Outrageous Lie* (Part 1)

Patti Smith by Victor Bockris, 1998 UK Edition, Published by Fourth Estate

”The literary outpout of the short-lived punk movement has been largely ignored. No one came close to Patti Smith at the time in terms of her recognition as a writer.”-Victor Bockris

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I have already reviewed Just Kids andM Train before here on LAN, so I thought that by now I had a pretty accurate and complete picture of Patti Smith: Poet, punk prophet, feminist icon, rock writer; a punk-rock star mixing her distinct voice and poetry with rock and roll music.  I was so wrong. ”Just Kids” gives you an unforgettable complete picture of her childhood and early days, highlighting her relationship with now famous photographer Robert Mapplethorpe and the “Chelsea Hotel” days, while ”M Train” picks up years…

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Fall Monday Playlist #02 – Drink & Drugs


The Fall in Fives

‘Mark would drink very strong tea in the morning, up until 11 am, at which time he would switch to beer. As the night went on, the whisky came out. The darker it got, the darker the liquid, the darker he became.’

Brix Smith Start: The Rise The Fall And The Rise

Mark E. Smith's likes and dislikes

Even if you have only a passing interest in The Fall, you’ll be aware that Mark E Smith was very fond of a drink. He was, like Fiery Jack, a ‘hard liver with a hard liver’. Looking back over his career, it feels like 99% of his interviews took place in the pub; indeed some interviewers tended to focus on how much alcohol Smith consumed during their conversation as much as on what he actually said. He was partial to an illegal stimulant as well, of course: he claimed to have taken acid before he started smoking…

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I found a publication on Issuu that I think you’ll love, featuring two feature articles by my good self…


Check this out: https://issuu.com/davidwills0/docs/beatdom_20

Joe Orton Laid Bare – BBC2 Documentary – British Comedy Guide


A guide to Joe Orton Laid Bare, the 2017 BBC Two TV documentary about playwright Joe Orton. Fifty years since his murder at the hands of his lover Kenneth Halliwell, Joe Orton Laid Bare charts Joe's meteoric rise, one which began after his imprisonment for defacing library books in 1962. The film celebrates the rapid development of his … Continue reading Joe Orton Laid Bare – BBC2 Documentary – British Comedy Guide

Hunter S. Thompson: Fear and Loathing in utero


This article is respectfully dedicated to my friend Paul Clements (1964-2017), another good Doctor sorely missed. Owl Farm, Colorado, February 20, 2005 – 5:42 p.m. Hunter S. Thompson, hell-raiser and author of Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, takes a phone call from his wife Anita at the Aspen Club and apologises for almost accidentally … Continue reading Hunter S. Thompson: Fear and Loathing in utero

Offbeat, Irreverent, and DIY: The Poetry of Mass Transit


via Offbeat, Irreverent, and DIY: The Poetry of Mass Transit For many of us, the political protest, music, and fashion of the 1960s and 1970s are the most recognizable aspects of the countercultural revolution. But the literature of that era can provide a window into that movement’s values, its struggles, and the society it was … Continue reading Offbeat, Irreverent, and DIY: The Poetry of Mass Transit

Hunter S. Thompson – Buy the Ticket, Take the Ride


via Hunter S. Thompson - Buy the Ticket, Take the Ride “Buy The Ticket, Take The Ride” is a 2006 personal, intimate look at Hunter S. Thompson with a special emphasis on his Hollywood relationships. It captures the legacy and “gonzo” spirit of one of this century’s most notorious figures – a man whose life … Continue reading Hunter S. Thompson – Buy the Ticket, Take the Ride

It’s Your Funeral: Write Your Own Obituary


Monday morning, 7.30 am: shower, shave, make coffee, check emails… write your obituary. What? I’m sitting at my desk, two floors up, smoking a cigarette and staring out the window at a plump pigeon perched where it’s always perched, wondering why my father sold his guns rather than let me inherit them. Three shotguns: two … Continue reading It’s Your Funeral: Write Your Own Obituary

Jeff Nuttall: Bomb Culture


via Jeff Nuttall: Bomb Culture Writer, teacher, artist, publisher, musician and agitator for the counter culture, Jeff Nuttall (1933-2004) was a large figure in the British pop culture landscape during the 1960s and 1970s. He knew most of the leading figures in the underground scene of the era and acted as a link in the … Continue reading Jeff Nuttall: Bomb Culture