The Independent have published an obituary of my late friend Dick McBride, the poet, novelist, playwright and independent book distributor who worked at City Lights Booksellers & Publishers between 1954-1969:

Dick McBride was a poet of the Beat Generation who acted as a literary bridge between the United States and Britain, bringing the writings and spirit of the Beats to this country. In books and in performances of his own works and those of fellow writers, he sought to broaden awareness of the poets who had made such an impact on American writing.

Read the rest at The Independent

Multiple 16mm film loop installation by Rose Kallal. Sound by Rose Kallal and Mark Pilkington (Raagnagrok/Strange Attractor) using modular synthesizers. The installation was presented at The Hidden Noise project space in Glasgow UK.

See also: Continuum with Raagnagrok All Stars live at Day of The Dead 2008.

Continuum | July 2009

Arve Henriksen – Leaf & Rock (Rune Grammofon)
Hauschka – Morgenrot (FatCat Records)
Peter Broderick – Floating / Sinking (Type Records)
Thee Stranded Horse – Le Sel (Blank Tapes)
Erik Enocksson – The State the Sea Left Me In (Kning Disk)
Our Sleepless Forest – Doors In Limbo (Resonant)
Simon Fisher Turner & Philippe Petit – Untitled (BiP_HOp)
Sun City Girls – Steppe Spiritual (Drag City)
Andy Garbi – Stratospheres (Adventures In Sound)
Hauschka - Eltern (FatCat Records)

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I’ve uploaded a recording of Dick McBride reading the first chapter of The Astonished I to

Dick recalls a conversation that he had with Jack Kerouac, who had phoned City Lights to talk to Lawrence Ferlinghetti about publishing Visions of Cody.

The Astonished I (Memories & Wet Dreams) was published by McBride’s Books in 1995, and is a recollection of the authors time in San Francisco. It is dedicated to his friend, Tim Prael and contains an introduction by Charles Plymel.

A slightly different version of the first chapter was originally published in Transit and then The Beat Journals, both published by Kevin Ring’s Beat Scene Press.

For more information about Dick McBride please visit:

Raagnagrok - Photo by Alyssa Joye

Continuum presents the transcendental sounds of the Raagnagrok All-Stars recorded live at Day of The Dead 2008

Featuring Allison Brice (electric dulcimer), Zali Krishna (guitar/effects), Paul May (drums) and Mark Pilkington (synth and electronics).

I am grateful to Mark Pilkington (Strange Attractor/Raagnagrok) for recording the performance and allowing me to share it with you via

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More info:

Day of the Dead - An Evening of Magic, Ancestor Worship, Visionary Art and Investigation

Cath & Phil Tyler – Farewell My Friends (No-Fi)
Nancy Elizabeth – I Used To Try (The Leaf Label)
9 Bach – Pa Bryd y Deui Eto? (Gwymon)
Adem – Ringing In My Ears (Domino)
Alexander Tucker – Phantom Rings (Slight Return) (ATP)
Starless & Bible Black – Bitter Cup (Locust Music)
Tunng – Soup (Full Time Hobby)
Jana Hunter – Vultures (Gnomonsong)
Six Organs of Admittance – Black Wall (Drag City)
White Magic – New Egypt (Latitudes)
Voice of the Seven Woods – Satai Nova (Twisted Nerve)
Fridge – Oram (Text Records)
Four Tet – Swimmer (Domino)

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I’ll be DJ’ing at the Green Man Festival on Saturday the 16th August.

The festival takes place on the 15th/16th/17th of August at the Glanusk Estate in the Brecon Beacons.

More info:

Green Man Festival 2008
Green Man Festival 2008 Line Up