Introduction: Who Owns the Writer Owns the Words

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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 - from music, literature, art and philosophy... science, sex, politics, drugs and technology... back-projected … Continue reading Introduction: Who Owns the Writer Owns the Words

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


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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

Trials and Errors: The Pitfalls of Clinical Research


Volunteering for clinical research trials can be a rewarding experience, not least financially – or so the research companies would have us believe. To offer oneself as a guinea pig for the future benefit of others is undoubtedly a selfless act, but under what safeguards are these studies conducted? With the clinical drugs trial disaster … Continue reading Trials and Errors: The Pitfalls of Clinical Research

Who Owns the Dropper Owns the Fix: Out to Lunch with William Burroughs


It was summer 1991, I think, when sharing a joint on a brick fire escape after a night of acid-tapped cartoon lunacy, my friend Steve exhaled smoke into the Manchester morning and casually asked if I’d heard of a writer called William Burroughs. I hadn’t, but that moment has stayed with me as the dawn … Continue reading Who Owns the Dropper Owns the Fix: Out to Lunch with William Burroughs