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Geoff Crowther
BIT was an information service, publisher, travel guide and social centre founded, in 1968, by John "Hoppy" Hopkins. It pre-dated the internet as a free service that would try to find any information asked for and derived its name from the smallest unit of computer information.Contents1 BIT 2 BIT Guide 3 Community Levy for Alternative Projects 4 Free Festivals 5 References 6 Literature 7 External linksBIT[edit] BIT was initially a partial spin-off from Hoppy's earlier International Times
International Times
information service, which was being overwhelmed by the number of enquiries it was receiving, then subsequently took on a life of its own, becoming a much wider organisation more akin to the later social centres
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John Hopkins (political Activist)
John "Hoppy" Hopkins (15 August 1937 – 30 January 2015) was a British photographer, journalist, researcher and political activist, and "one of the best-known underground figures of 'Swinging London' " in the late 1960s.[1]Contents1 Life 2 Publications 3 References 4 External linksLife[edit] John Victor Lindsay Hopkins was born on 15 August 1937 in Slough, England[2]. At the age of 20 he graduated from Cambridge University (which he had entered on a scholarship in 1955) with a degree in physics and mathematics, and embarked upon a career as a nuclear physicist. However, a graduation present of a camera changed his career. Arriving in London on 1 January 1960, he began to work as a photographer for newspapers, music magazines including Melody Maker, and Peace News. He photographed many of the leading musicians of the period, including The Beatles and the Rolling Stones
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Wally Hope
Wally Hope (1947–1975) was a name by which Philip Russell (born Philip Alexander Grahame Russell on 9 August 1947) was known. He was an experimental philosopher of the UK Underground and organiser of the Windsor Free Festival and the Stonehenge Free Festival.Contents1 Biography1.1 Activities and adoption of new name 1.2 Stonehenge Free Festival 1.3 Death2 See also 3 References 4 External linksBiography[edit] Activities and adoption of new name[edit] While in London during the early 1970s, he fell in with a group called the Dwarves, taking their name from the Dutch Provo group the Kabouters. Described as “a kind of Notting Hill version of the Yippies in America: a joke-prankster group,” he adopted the name "Wally Hope" for himself, under which he would acquire the status of countercultural folk hero
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Bob Cobbing
Bob Cobbing (30 July 1920 – 29 September 2002) was a British sound, visual, concrete and performance poet who was a central figure in the British Poetry Revival.Contents1 Early life 2 Early involvement with poetry and performance 3 Better Books 4 1970s 5 Later life and work 6 Publication 7 References 8 External linksEarly life[edit] Cobbing was born in Enfield and grew up within the Plymouth Brethren. He attended Enfield Grammar School and then trained as an accountant. He later went to Bognor Training College to become a teacher. During the Second World War, he was a conscientious objector. Early involvement with poetry and performance[edit] His involvement with performance began with the Hendon Experimental Art Club and the Hendon-based magazine And in 1951. This led to his setting up Writers Forum, which began publishing in 1963
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Caroline Coon
Caroline Coon (born 1945) is an English artist, journalist and political activist. Her artwork, which often explores sexual themes from a feminist standpoint,[1] has been exhibited at many major London galleries, including the Saatchi Gallery
Saatchi Gallery
and the Tate.[1]Contents1 Life 2 Publications 3 See also 4 References 5 External linksLife[edit] Coon was born to a family of Kent landowners and had five brothers. She left home at 16 and came to London
London
to find a job. She lived in Notting Hill
Notting Hill
and began by doing some modelling work, including making a softcore porn film.[2][3] Trained as a figurative painter, she became involved in the 1960s underground movement in London
London
while still attending art school
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Felix Dennis
Felix Dennis (27 May 1947 – 22 June 2014) was an English publisher, poet, spoken-word performer and philanthropist. His company, Dennis Publishing, pioneered computer and hobbyist magazine publishing in the United Kingdom. In more recent times, the company added lifestyle titles such as its flagship brand The Week, which is published in the UK and the United States.Contents1 Early life 2 Career2.1 Publishing2.1.1 OZ 2.1.2 Underground comix 2.1.3 Computer magazines 2.1.4 The 1990s and 2000s2.2 Writing and performance 2.3 In the media3 Tree planting 4 Felix Dennis UG Dissertation Prize 5 Bronze sculptures 6 Mandalay Estate Mustique 7 Death 8 Awards and accolades 9 References 10 External linksEarly life[edit] Felix Dennis was born on 27 May 1947 in Kingston-upon-Thames, Surrey, the son of a part-time jazz pianist who ran a tobacconist's shop
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Robin Farquharson
Reginald Robin Farquharson
Robin Farquharson
(3 October 1930 – 1 April 1973) was an academic whose interest in mathematics and politics led him to work on game theory. He wrote an influential analysis of voting systems in his doctoral thesis, later published as Theory of Voting.[1] Farquharson diagnosed himself as suffering from bipolar disorder (manic depression), and episodes of mania made it difficult for him to obtain a permanent university position and also resulted in him losing commercial employment.[2] In later years, he dropped out of mainstream society, and became a prominent counter-cultural figure in late-1960s London
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Mick Farren
Michael Anthony Farren (3 September 1943 – 27 July 2013)[1] was an English journalist, author and singer associated with counterculture and the UK underground.[2]Contents1 Early life 2 Music2.1 Singles 2.2 Albums 2.3 Compilations3 Writing3.1 Bibliography3.1.1 Fiction series3.1.1.1 Car Warriors 3.1.1.2 Flame of Evil 3.1.1.3 Jeb Stuart Ho 3.1.1.4 The Victor Renquist Quartet3.1.2 Novels 3.1.3 Collections3.2 Non-Fiction4 Counterculture
Counterculture
activity 5 Death 6 References 7 External linksEarly life[edit] Farren was born in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire
Gloucestershire
and after moving to Sussex
Sussex
he attended Worthing High School for Boys which was a state grammar school
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Duggie Fields
Duggie Fields born Tidworth, Wiltshire, 1945[1] is a British artist, resident in Earls Court, London.Contents1 Biography 2 Exhibitions 3 Selected Group Exhibitions 4 Published in 5 References 6 External linksBiography[edit] Duggie Fields grew up in the English countryside. He first came to notice in 1958, when he was 14, in the Summer Exhibition at the Bladon Gallery, Hurstbourne Tarrant. He was studying at the nearby Andover Grammar School. Fields briefly studied architecture at Regent Street Polytechnic before embarking studies in 1964 at the Chelsea School of Art for four years. He left with a scholarship that took him on his first visit to the United States, in 1968. As a student, Fields' work progressed through minimal, conceptual and constructivist phases to a more hard-edged post-Pop figuration. His main influences were at that time Jackson Pollock, Mondrian and comic books, with a special regard to those worked on by Stan Lee
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Germaine Greer
Germaine Greer
Germaine Greer
(/ɡrɪər/; born 29 January 1939)[1] is an Australian writer and public intellectual, regarded as one of the major voices of the second-wave feminist movement in the latter half of the 20th century.[2] She lives in the United Kingdom, where she has held academic positions, specializing in English literature, at the University of Warwick
University of Warwick
and Newnham College, Cambridge. Greer's ideas have created controversy ever since her first book, The Female Eunuch (1970), made her a household name.[3] An international bestseller and a watershed text in the feminist movement, the book offered a systematic deconstruction of ideas such as womanhood and femininity, arguing that women are forced to assume submissive roles in society to fulfill male fantasies of what being a woman entails.[4][5] Her work since then has focused on literature, feminism and the environment
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Hapshash And The Coloured Coat
Hapshash and the Coloured Coat was an influential British graphic design and avant-garde musical partnership in the late 1960s, consisting of Michael English and Nigel Waymouth. It produced popular psychedelic posters, and two albums of underground music.[1][2][3] The silkscreen printed posters created by the pair advertised underground "happenings", clubs and concerts in London, and became so popular at the time that they helped launch the commercial sale of posters as art, initially in fashionable stores such as the Indica Bookshop and Carnaby Street boutiques. Their first album of psychedelic music, produced by a collective in early 1967 and including many famous names, is now seen as being influential on the early works of Amon Düül and other pioneers of German Krautrock, as well as inspiring sections of the Rolling Stones' Their Satanic Majesties Request album.[4][5][6] Their posters remain highly sought after
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Lee Harris (South African Artist)
Lee Harris (born 1936 in Johannesburg), is a South African writer and performer who has lived and worked primarily in the United Kingdom since 1956. He was one of the few white members of the African National Congress, where he helped with the Congress of the People and met Nelson Mandela. After moving to England at the age of 20, he acted with Orson Welles and Dame Flora Robson; wrote for the British underground press, including International Times; helped found the Arts Lab, and has been an instrumental figure in the British counterculture movement since the seventies
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Jim Haynes
James Haynes (born 10 November 1933), commonly known as Jim Haynes, is a former figure in the British "underground" and alternative/counter-culture scene of the 1960s. He was involved with the founding of Edinburgh's Traverse Theatre, the paper International Times and the London Arts Lab
Arts Lab
in Drury Lane
Drury Lane
for experimental and mixed media work.Contents1 Life and work 2 Publications 3 Notes 4 External linksLife and work[edit] Edinburgh
Edinburgh
rhinocerosHaynes was born in the United States in Haynesville, Claiborne Parish, in far northern Louisiana. He spent several years in Venezuela
Venezuela
and attended an unnamed university
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Michael Horovitz
Michael Horovitz (born 4 April 1935)[1][2] is a British poet, editor, artist and translator. He founded the literary periodical New Departures in 1959, and in the following decades organized many "Live New Departures" events featuring poetry and jazz performances.Contents1 Life and career 2 Personal life 3 Publications3.1 Books 3.2 As editor 3.3 As translator 3.4 On art4 See also 5 References 6 External linksLife and career[edit] Michael Horovitz, born in Frankfurt,[3] was the youngest of 10 children who were brought to Britain from Nazi Germany
Nazi Germany
by their parents, both of whom were part of a network of European-rabbinical families. Horovitz studied at Brasenose College, Oxford, from 1954 to 1960.[4] In 1959 he founded the periodical New Departures while still a student,[5] publishing William S. Burroughs, Samuel Beckett, and Stevie Smith
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Joe Boyd
Joe Boyd
Joe Boyd
(born August 5, 1942) is an American record producer and writer. He formerly owned Witchseason production company and Hannibal Records. Boyd has worked on recordings of Pink Floyd, Fairport Convention, Sandy Denny, Richard Thompson, Nick Drake, The Incredible String Band, R.E.M., Vashti Bunyan, John and Beverley Martyn, Maria Muldaur, Kate & Anna McGarrigle, Billy Bragg, 10,000 Maniacs
10,000 Maniacs
and Muzsikás.[1]Contents1 Career 2 Records produced or co-produced2.1 1960s 2.2 1970s 2.3 1980s 2.4 1990s 2.5 2000s3 References 4 Further reading 5 External linksCareer[edit] Boyd was born in Boston, Massachusetts, and raised in Princeton, New Jersey.[2] He attended Pomfret School
Pomfret School
in Pomfret, Connecticut. He first became involved in music promoting blues artists while a student at Harvard University
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Blackhill Enterprises
Blackhill Enterprises was a rock music management company, founded as a partnership by the four original members of Pink Floyd (Syd Barrett, Nick Mason, Roger Waters and Richard Wright), with Peter Jenner and Andrew King.[1] Blackhill were the organisers of the first Hyde Park free concerts. After Syd Barrett left Pink Floyd, the partnership was dissolved, and Jenner and King continued Blackhill to manage Barrett.[1] Following Blackhill's eventual dissolution, both Jenner and King continued to work in music management.[1] They also managed:Marc Bolan (who met his wife, June Child, while she was working as Blackhill's secretary)[1] Edgar Broughton Band The Clash[1] Ian Dury Roy Harper[1] Alberto Y Lost Trios Paranoias Kevin Ayers Bridget St John The Action (until they became Mighty Baby in January 1969 and parted company with Blackhill Enterprises).[2]References[edit]^ a b c d e f Mabbett, Andy (2010). Pink Floyd - The Music and the Mystery. London: Omnibus Press
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