The 14 Hour Technicolour Dream – a multi-media extravaganza and “be-in” staged as a benefit for IT (International Times) magazine and widely acknowledged as the first mass expression of the psychedelic underground in the UK.
45 years ago, only 10 years after “All Shook Up” and just over 10 years before the Pistols split up. That’s a scary thought.
“What Is A Happening?” The 30 minute Man Alive documentary in three parts.
“Excuse me, I wonder if I can wake you up for a moment?….Why are you asleep?”
Extract from Pink Floyd’s set
Floyd footage from “Tonight Let’s All Make Love In London”
Colour and B&W footage from the “A Technicolor Dream” dvd (2008)
…and the official trailer…
First hand accounts of the event ………
Extract from “Syd Barrett:Lost In The Woods” by Julian Palacios
Accounts from ukrockfestivals.com including a piece by John Crosby, the US journalist who invented the “Swinging London” concept.
A fascinating 14 page account in the visual style of much of the contemporary underground press – highly coloured and difficult to read
A personal account by Pink Floyd fan Colin Turner
The front page of the 21-28th April edition of IT, which organised the event
Fascinating if rather short interview with John Hopkins, one of the founders of IT magazine and organisers of 14 Hour Technicolour Dream
The International Times archive – for anyone interested in the ’60s counterculture and rock scenes, and they’re still publishing.
Expanding on an earlier post –
The Photographic Youth Music Culture Archive has extensive searchable collections of pics covering beats, teds, mods, rockers, hippies, punks, ravers and many others in the cultural interstices.
Starting out as an archive of the early ’80s New Romantics, blitzkids.com is expanding, already having punk, cyberpunk and teds galleries with a goth gallery under construction. Not the easiest site to navigate, but it rewards persistence.
Kill Your Pet Puppy has been around since the early days of punk and has the photo archive to prove it.
The Manchester District Music Archive is a huge, admirable project covering all genres and includes Queer Noise “”The hidden History Of Manchester’s Gay Music Culture.” Every town and city deserves a site, and people with as much energy, as this.