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A Message from Daevid Allen

PostPosted: Thu Feb 05, 2015 3:00 pm
by NormanD
Via Facebook. I presume it's legit.

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daevid allen - a message
[posted Thr 5 Feb]

Hello you Kookaburras,

OK so I have had my PET-CAT scans (which is essentially a full body viewing gallery for cancer specialists) and so it is now confirmed that the invading cancer has returned to successfully establish dominant residency in my neck. The original surgery took much of it out, but the cancer has now recreated itself with renewed vigor while also spreading to my lung.

The cancer is now so well established that I have now been given approximately six months to live.

So My view has Changed:
I am not interested in endless surgical operations and in fact it has come as a relief to know that the end is in sight.

I am a great believer in "The Will of the Way Things Are" and I also believe that the time has come to stop resisting and denying and to surrender to the way it is.

I can only hope that during this journey, I have somehow contributed to the happiness in the lives of a few other fellow humans.

I believe I have done my best to heal, dear friends and that you have been enormously helpful in supporting me through this time

So Thank you SO much for being there with me, for the Ocean of Love
and Now, importantly, Thankyou for starting the process of letting go of me, of mourning then transforming and celebrating this death coming up - this is how you can contribute, this would be a great gift from those emotionally and spiritually involved with me.

I love you and will be with you always - Daevid xxx

Re: A Message from Daevid Allen

PostPosted: Thu Feb 05, 2015 3:06 pm
by Adam Blake
Sad. I bought "Camembert Electrique" for 59p in 1974 and my head hasn't been the same since.

Re: A Message from Daevid Allen

PostPosted: Thu Feb 05, 2015 7:27 pm
by Chris P
There had been a concerningly long wait for some good rallying news from Daevid in Oz following the series of op's last year, and now the worst has been heard. Sad to hear early this morning via son Orlando 'Flame Dog', as per Norman's post
This by Daevid and the Magick Brothers from '92 live in San Francisco is beautiful:
http://youtu.be/Y0eN1Wmu_VI

I gladly mainlined Gong & Daevid's albums as a teenager and it has been an ongoing musical, rhythmic and wordical nourishment, fun & foundation. The 'is heard' of Oz

Re: A Message from Daevid Allen

PostPosted: Fri Feb 06, 2015 5:10 pm
by Garth Cartwright
Perhaps unsurprisingly I know very little of Allen's music - I've listened to some early Soft Machine and maybe heard Gong a long time ago (I have a Kiwi friend who loved all those Virgin pre-punk artists so would make me listen to Henry Cow and such). But I feel I should become more acquainted with his recordings. Where do I start? What do I avoid? Was he an exceptionally gifted guitarist? Or more a very hip beatnik who moved in the right circles? Did his creativity sustain over the decades? Or did he burn out like Kevin Ayres?

I think I've mentioned it before but I interviewed Ayres when his last album came out and he was and remains the most ruined musician I have ever met, a man who had lost his passion for everything - except cheap wine which he drank by the litre. I hope Allen is not spending his final months in a similar way. His letter sounds like a man very alive to life and its possibilities. So, please, point me towards his greatest non-hits!

Re: A Message from Daevid Allen

PostPosted: Fri Feb 06, 2015 5:28 pm
by Adam Blake
Daevid Allen is a man much loved. He was never much of a musician, his talents have lain in scene making and band leading. He was one of those guys who bridged the gap between beatnik and hippie: in his own way he was a real trailblazer. I can't imagine you grooving along to Gong, Garth, but if you want to give it a go, I'd say start with "Camembert Electrique" - probably the most punky and anarchistic of the original albums that is still worthwhile musically. The really early stuff is hard going, even for a hippie apologist like me, and the later stuff can get a little bland if you're familiar with Terry Riley and free jazz, but Chris P (of this parish) says the most recent incarnation of Gong are totally wonderful. I haven't heard it (yet) but I will. The whole Pot Head Pixie/ Octave Doctor/ Zero the Hero sub-psychedelic Tolkien schtick is best left unaddressed by free thinking adults, I suspect.

Re: A Message from Daevid Allen

PostPosted: Fri Feb 06, 2015 5:42 pm
by Garth Cartwright
Thanks Adam! What about Soft Machine? I know the band went on for several years after Wyatt and Ayers left - had Allen also left? I'm currently listening to Gong on Youtube as supplied by Dangerous Minds. As you correctly guessed not really my thing but anyone who made such connections between writers and musicians is definitely an interesting individual.

Re: A Message from Daevid Allen

PostPosted: Fri Feb 06, 2015 5:52 pm
by Adam Blake
Allen was forced out of Soft Machine before they had made any proper recordings. The existing Georgiou Gomelsky demos were a bit of an embarrassment and have been sold on to any number of dodgy record labels for endless re-issues ever since. I would say you should thoroughly absorb the first three Soft Machine albums before you even think about listening to them (and if you have never heard the first three Soft Machine albums, I truly envy you listening to them for the first time!)

Re: A Message from Daevid Allen

PostPosted: Fri Feb 06, 2015 5:59 pm
by Adam Blake
This is a good taster of what Allen's take on things was. Angry and pointed but with humour and, of course, very stoned… https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oT6RXJ3gh7Y

(Funnily enough, in later years, Allen took very much against the dope lifestyle, which I thought was splendidly ironic considering how many kids had started puffing joints to Gong albums…)

Re: A Message from Daevid Allen

PostPosted: Fri Feb 06, 2015 8:15 pm
by john poole
Adam Blake wrote:Allen was forced out of Soft Machine before they had made any proper recordings.
He played on their first single 'Love Makes Sweet Music' (bass on the A side; guitar on the B side if wikipedia can be trusted) before his visa ran out and he was refused re-entry to the UK. The single reached No.29 on the (offshore) Radio London's Fabulous Forty with some assistance from Mike Jeffrey and/or Chas Chandler. Kim Fowley produced the B side Feelin' Reelin' Squeelin' -
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LbXNX7jmWL0

I used to have a copy of Daevid's 1971 "Banana Moon" LP on the Byg label, although my favourite track was written by Hugh Hopper & sung by Robert Wyatt
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UlvsBgwn4m0

Re: A Message from Daevid Allen

PostPosted: Fri Feb 06, 2015 9:11 pm
by Adam Blake
I'm sure you're right, John, but I always thought that Kevin Ayers played guitar on the Softs first single.

Re: A Message from Daevid Allen

PostPosted: Fri Feb 06, 2015 9:19 pm
by NormanD
john poole wrote:I used to have a copy of Daevid's 1971 "Banana Moon" LP on the Byg label, although my favourite track was written by Hugh Hopper & sung by Robert Wyatt
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UlvsBgwn4m0

A later cover of "Memories" by Whitney Houston (with Archie Shepp?!?)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i3CZPNT9GSs

Re: A Message from Daevid Allen

PostPosted: Fri Feb 06, 2015 9:38 pm
by Chris P
Some musical footnotes/miscellany/marginalia follows

Here's Daevid (& Kramer) channeling a Song for Robert Wyatt:
http://youtu.be/Gy6Xg2fVd8E

here singing Sea Song live with U of E: http://youtu.be/tyJZfKf0aac

here essaying O Caroline: http://youtu.be/OHdub8m7XnQ

and here channeling Kevin Ayers on the aforementioned Banana Moon album, White Neck Blooze: http://youtu.be/r8_MmAH2Eiw

NormanD wrote:A later cover of "Memories" by Whitney Houston (with Archie Shepp?!?)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i3CZPNT9GSs


if only the recording had been credited to Whitney rather than Material, as Hugh Hopper was ruefully heard to say

Re: A Message from Daevid Allen

PostPosted: Fri Mar 13, 2015 10:33 am
by Chris P
and so he was gong x

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and here from last month:
https://youtu.be/TpySrjS5RCI

Re: A Message from Daevid Allen

PostPosted: Mon Mar 16, 2015 10:23 pm
by Garth Cartwright
My obit' http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/obituar ... tuary.html

As I was not familiar with the man's music I hope i have done him justice.

Re: A Message from Daevid Allen

PostPosted: Mon Mar 16, 2015 11:11 pm
by Adam Blake
Well done, Garth. Nice gig!