Travelling Daze: Words and Images from UK's Travellers & Festivals
tony at cultureshop.org.uk
Sun Aug 11 21:12:31 BST 2013
Travelling Daze: Words and Images from the UK's
New Travellers and Festivals, Late 1960s to the Here and Now (2012)
A real 'wow, amazing' kind of book. A4 landscape,
full colour, around 200 pps packed with over 600
pics, artwork, images and hundreds of tales from
the festivals, park-ups, roadsides, sites and conflicts with police.
It's a full-on roller-coaster ride. Good times,
bad times and ones in between. Even the
contributors are saying: "Can't wait to see it all."
Joe Public: "It's wicked. It's a corker."
"I absolutely loved site living...you could pull
up at any site, anywhere, and within a couple of
days you would know who was who." Nicki Turton
Steve Bubble remembers,"The sheer excitement,
anything could happen andoften did."
The year after the Beanfield, Taff the Photo
reminisces: "After a few hours stand-off, the
police started arresting everybody for
obstruction of the highway, despite that it was
them that had blocked the road in the first
place. This turned into the largest mass arrest
in UK history, about 900 I believe."
Margaret Greenfields, remembering helping
organise the Festival Welfare Services: "They
were great days we did some fantastic things and I don't regret a moment."
Alan Dearling has worked with the other
contributors over the last four years to gather
the contributions in (and write his own).
Broadly, 'Travelling Daze' kicks off with the
people, places, festivals, and some of the music
from the hippy late-'60s through the free
festivals of the seventies and early eighties. We
meet Wally Hope and Sid Rawle. Read their own
words, many of which have never been seen before.
Add a spice of punk and some reggae herbs to the
mix. Then stir in some road protestors, real mud,
and more than a few eco-warriors. Buzz: "Everyone
looks after each other. It's just like a massive
family...You just can't beat it...You own your
own home...I love it. Only way I know really."
Along came rave, and with it, plenty of
techno-rebels. More new people; more new
Travellers. The Travellers were loathed and
reviled by Maggie, and successive governments
made every attempt to criminalise the travelling
life style with Criminal Justice Acts in 1986 and
1994. They failed. Many of the older new
Travellers are still sharing their skills,
attitude, madness and mayhem. The Tribes are
strong. They've mutated and are pretty much
flourishing. And they are still with us in the
midst of the current festival and party scene.
Years in the living. Now you can share it; in
Living Technicolour, the lives and times of many
of the UK's most colourful characters.
Endure, Adapt, Evolve (or, Emerge, Mutate,
Flourish) A kind of Intro...Alan Dearling
In the beginning, there was Phil Russell...
Keeping Hope alive: Then, now and into our
futures. A personal account by Dean Phillips,
custodian of the Wally Hope Appreciation Society
Wally in others words. A further excursion into Wally Worlds from Alan
Life with the Convoy: to Stoney Cross and Beyond...Amanda (Gemini)
David Stooke: Traveller artist. Includes Green
Lane by Reg Desborough, Spider by DiceGeorge and Phil the Beer by Andy Hope.
Festival Welfare Services the early years: a
personal memoir by Margaret Greenfields and Yvonne Doyle
George Firsoff (1944-2004)...Alan Dearling
Life after Newbury...provided by Pete Sheppard
Twice Blessed: Born a Traveller...Ferdia Earle
People are the best part of nature. Painting by Elizabeth Anderton
Sid Rawle...compiled by Alan Dearling
Sids place in Traveller history...Andy Worthington
Some more observations about Sid...Alan Dearling (with Jeremy Sandford)
The Vision of Albion by Sid Rawle as told to Jeremy Sandford
Some memories of travelling days...Nicki Turton
Memories of free festivals and travelling scene...Steve Bubble
A sense of community by Liz
Hawkwind: a few words about the ultimate Traveller band...Alan Dearling
You could live like that...Netty Miles
Taff the Photo bits of my history
The Levellers: There's only one way of life, And
that's your own...Alan Dearling
Travelling Bands: Music and Festivals within new
Traveller Culture 1995-2011...Sam Wilkinson
Epilogue: Affinities...Alan Dearling
Stonehenge Free Festival illustration...Gary (Teapot Circus)
Westbury White Horse 1985 illustration...Gary (Teapot Circus)
More artwork from David Stooke, Joe Public, Gubby
and additional pics by many people, especially
Taff the Photo and Traveller Dave Fawcett, and
more including those from Chazz Pink; Nigel
Ayers; Fiona Earle, Rob Large; Flash Harry;
Frank; Carol Waller, Graeme Strike, Matt Smith and other travelling friends.
Dedicated to all of the UKs Travellers.
Those who have sadly left us,
those who have found different homes,
and those who are still keeping the faiths.
Words and images from the UK's new Travellers and
festivals, late 1960s to the here and now
Alan Dearling, with Traveller friends
Price: £16.50 plus £3.50 p&p in UK - (select
region below for additional postal charges to other countries)
'Tis a big bugger...
An Enabler Publication
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