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As many of you know, Shirley Collins has been one of the biggest influences on me both personally and artistically. And she has been one of my dearest friends for many years now. My association with her goes back to when I first became obsessed by her work in the late 1980s and started collecting it with utter dedication. I was then lucky enough to meet her, beginning a friendship which has lasted until now. I released two albums of work, Fountain of Snow and Harking Back, by her and her wonderful sister Dolly, whom I also knew and with whom I was planning to record an album of some of the ballads collected by Francis James Child, a project sadly curtailed by Dolly’s sudden passing. I was also delighted and honoured to be asked by Shirley to write the introduction to her superb and gorgeous autobiography, America Over the Water.
And now, the team behind 2011’s feature documentary Way of the Morris are in the process of making a film about Shirley which is being funded by a Kickstarter campaign. Please join it, if you can. Shirley, her life and her work are more important than I can adequately spell, and there is only a week or so to get the amount needed to start work on the film. I love her utterly.
The team behind the project have released the following press release.
The film will be a unique cinematic blend of reconstruction, audio archive and field-recorded performance – with very little of the conventional biopic apparent.
This is a film about stories and storytelling – the story of Shirley’s life, the story of a near-mythical road trip she went on in 1959 with song-collector Alan Lomax, and the experiences she had, the fantastical stories she was told along the way, and most of all the stories which lie buried within the songs she has spent her life unearthing and singing.
At the heart of the film is Shirley herself, whose vivid recollections transport us over 50 years back in time to rural Appalachia and Red State America – and back again, to intermingle and joust with the rich traditions of the Sussex Weald from which she came.
We are currently raising funds for a portion of the shoot through a crowd funding campaign on Kickstarter – and we have to reach our goal by July 21st! You can find out more, and explore the fabulous rewards we have on offer at:
I am OverMoon to be having a joint exhibition with my friend and inspiration Norbert Kox: www.outsiderart.co.uk/kox.html • http://apocalypsehouse.homestead.com/ • http://nkox.homestead.com/ at Armand Hein’s Galerie Toxique in Luxembourg. I and Norbert will also be showing some recent collaborative pieces we have made, five of which are shown here, and we will both be attending the open view on 4 June, 18.00 until 20.00. The exhibition closes on 30 July. Thank you to Ruth Bayer for the photograph of Norbert and me in London’s ChinaTown, taken in September 2013.
David Tibet and Norbert Kox, Galerie Toxic, Luxembourg, Luxembourg: Opening 4 June, 2014.
Galerie Toxic: www.galerietoxic.com/
2 r. de l’Eau, 1449 Luxembourg
Phone: +352 26 20 21 43
My belovèd friend Mark Logan has recently released an expanded edition of a live album by Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention, ROXY BY PROXY, an expanded version of ROXY AND ELSEWHERE. The promotional text Mark sent me states:
Roxy By Proxy is an unreleased 75 minute live disc taken from the run of shows that made up the Roxy and Elsewhere album. There is also a 32 page booklet featuring a track by track commentary from Ruth Underwood! Exclusive art by David Tibet adorns the disc face. This edition is limited to 1,000 copies.
The CD costs CDN$16.99 plus postage and packing and one can obtain copies here.