Shindig! issue 39
The top tier of British Psychedelic albums contains one splendidly incongruous entry, Introspection by THE END. Made under the patronage of Bill Wyman, the legal difficulties that swirled around The Rolling Stones at the end of the ’60s ensured the release of The End’s album was delayed. By the time it crept out in November 1969 it was already the end of the ’60s, the end of psychedelia and the end of The End itself. Thankfully, the band continued with different personnel as TUCKY BUZZARD and many are still active on the music scene today.
AUSTIN MATTHEWS ventures under the rainbow with the surviving members
THE PEANUT BUTTER CONSPIRACY
As one of LA’s foremost psychedelic folk-rock acts, THE PEANUT BUTTER CONSPIRACY hold a unique place amongst proponents of flower-powered pop, combining the hip, jet-age sound of The Byrds with one of the finest vocal mixes this side of The Mamas & The Papas, centred around the crystal tones of lead singer Barbara Robison.
But, despite the “assistance” of industry heavyweights like Gary Usher and Curt Boettcher, the group’s phenomenal success as a live act wasn’t translated into record sales and they soon went the way of so many of their contemporaries, crushed by commercial concerns.
GRAY NEWELL hears founder members Alan Brackett and John Merrill spread the word.
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BONNIE DOBSON will forever be associated with ‘Morning Dew’, the song she wrote in the early ’60s that spawned a thousand cover versions. Fifty years on she reflects on her socialist upbringing, the Greenwich Village folk scene and a surprise comeback album that finds her in stunningly fine voice.
CHRIS TWOMEY is smitten
In little over five years, Nottingham retro-futurists THE SOUNDCARRIERS have carved themselves a niche among admirers of ’60s film jazz, krautrock grooves, acid-folk fragility and analogue authenticity.
With a new long-player, Entropicalia, already cementing their reputation as one of Shindig!’s most treasured modern-day acts, CHRISTOPER BUDD meets the band.
Portrait by ADAM WOODFIELD
CHRIS FARLOWE emerged from the skiffle craze and flirted with rock ’n’ roll before immersing himself in R&B, cutting the UK’s first ska record, enjoying the patronage of The Beatles, Stones and Small Faces, topping the charts as England won the World Cup and eventually venturing into prog and jazz-rock pastures.
PHIL ISTINE meets the former John Henry Deighton in his native Islington to discuss shopping with Steve Marriott, being banned by the Beeb and knocking around with Otis Redding.
“I’ve never taken drugs, believe it or not”
A shimmering density of quaquaversal life; the importance of scrudge; a journey into THE EXPLODING GALAXY.
HUGH DELLAR heads back to the beating heart of London’s late ’60s counter-culture
Included in this issue: REVERBERATE MAGAZINE
featuring the latest sights and sounds from the ever-expanding new wave psych scene.
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