Flower Power

Taken just five minutes ago, sitting in an English Garden (created by Mr Resident Astrologer) … Bruce Barthol catches up on all the news he needs, Spider Man checks his texts and eats some crisps. Next up, an Indian takeaway and tomorrow lots of music


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Enjoy Yourself

Perfect weather, perfect Pompey – the Racketeers (favourites of Mr Greedy) at the Bandstand this very afternoon


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Although perhaps not quite ‘perfect’

Racketeers police

(We never needed them for Prince Buster at the Birdcage)


16 June 2017

If you’ve been following the Blog, you will know this was not planned, but as if to celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of Monterey, my new book, Autumn of Love: How the Swinging Sixties & the Counterculture came to Portsmouth arrived late, yesterday, and so is officially published today. It will find its way into a few shops and other sales locations at £9.95 and I’ll let you know about those, but if you want a copy and can make it to the FREE ‘Summer of Love’ event at Portsmouth Guildhall on Tuesday (see first Comment for details) it’ll only cost you a fiver – with all profits from sales going to the Guildhall Trust to support young musicians and the PME Exhibition.

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Press Release Synopsis

Autumn of Love tells the familiar story of the ‘swinging sixties’, 1967’s ‘Summer of Love’ and the counterculture, but with an unusual focus on provincial Portsmouth, arguing that contrary to popular belief, ‘everything’ was not happening simply in the major cities of the UK and USA. Here’s another version, from beatniks, to mods and hippies and beyond – including the legacy of those days and their impact on us, now.

(Warning for the squeamish – the book does contain passages of what Mr G might describe as “silly nonsense time”.)



16 June 1967

On this day, fifty years ago:

Monterey Pop

Grace Slick, who played there with Jefferson Airplane described it in her autobiography as “The only festival I can think of that was excellent in every way”. Day one, the Friday evening, opened with the Association, followed by one of Al Grossman’s lesser-known acts the Paupers, jazz/soul singer Lou Rawls, Johnny Rivers, from the UK Beverley (later with John Martyn) and Eric Burdon with his New Animals and top-of-the-bill, Simon & Garfunkel

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Radio On

Graham Laker has been in touch with some IPlayer recommendations (cheers). He says:

“There’s been some great stuff crackling across the airwaves this week, all available on BBC iPlayer:-

Radio 6, Sunday 11th, 1pm – ‘Chuck Berry- 40 Years On’ – Interview from 1974 in which he even admits to liking The Beatles’ ‘Yesterday’ -Not to be missed!

Radio 4, Monday 14th, 9am – ‘Soul Music. Memories of Who Knows Where The Times Goes by Sandy Denny’ – Heartbreakingly Brilliant!

Radio 4 Today 11.30am – ‘I Was…the trauma surgeon who tried to save John Lennon’s life’ – slightly ghoulish but strangely heart warming (almost literally, in this case).”

By the way I did enjoy the first part of “How Hippies Changed the World” on BBC4. There was stuff on it about which I knew almost nothing (notably the 19th century German ‘Nature Boys’) plus the usual suspects, so evocatively described by Mr Greedy as “Silly Nonsense Time”. Guilty of course, but I’m going to use that again.

Part Two is tomorrow evening.