David Jones, artist and poet (1895-1974) begins his PREFACE TO THE ANATHEMATA :

'I have made a heap of all that I could find.' (1) So wrote Nennius, or whoever composed the introductory matter to Historia Brittonum. He speaks of an 'inward wound' which was caused by the fear that certain things dear to him 'should be like smoke dissipated'. Further, he says, 'not trusting my own learning, which is none at all, but partly from writings and monuments of the ancient inhabitants of Britain, partly from the annals of the Romans and the chronicles of the sacred fathers, Isidore, Hieronymous, Prosper, Eusebius and from the histories of the Scots and Saxons although our enemies . . . I have lispingly put together this . . . about past transactions, that [this material] might not be trodden under foot'. (2)

(1) The actual words are coacervavi omne quod inveni, and occur in Prologue 2 to the Historia.
(2) Quoted from the translation of Prologue 1. See The Works of Gildas and Nennius, J.A.Giles, London 1841.

18 September 2011

Hendrix Live at FIAPCE

Our senior member of staff informs us that today is the 40th anniversary of Jimi Hendrix Xit

He's brought in his LP of ARE YOU EXPERIENCED to show us. No question mark, he points out about the caption, and like a pair of Buddha eyes. On the back in biro, Dec 1967.

Reckons a year after Jimi died he reformed as FIAPCE !?

Reckons those eyes on ARE YOU EXPERIENCED must have haunted him for this one too, along with his EP of Voodoo Child, Hey Joe and All Along the Watchtower

Not necessarily stoned, but beautiful...

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