Tuesday, 30 June 2015

Five Piece Floyd

Outside Rock'n'Roll London – Five Piece Floyd in Hastings…

For a brief period in early '68, Pink Floyd existed uneasily as a five-piece with David Gilmour playing alongside the ailing Syd Barrett. 

Here's a page from the sketchbook for The Rock'n'Roll London Comic Book Fanzine featuring the rare five-piece Floyd…

Syd Barrett played his last gig with Pink Floyd in Hastings, at the Pavilion Ballroom on Hastings Pier. The date was the 20th January 1968.

Over the years the Pavilion Ballroom has also played host to Hendrix, the Rolling Stones and The Who (the next stars of our Rock'n'Roll London Comic Book Fanzine).

Like so many Syd Barrett shrines (most notably the famous UFO club and his West End flat by Cambridge Circus here in London), Hastings Pier is (at time of writing) closed. A fire in 2010 rendered the structure unsafe.

To get to Hastings from London, catch a train from Waterloo East – it takes about an hour-and-three-quarters to get there, and here's a map to Hastings pier…

Hastings has its own rock'n'roll connections – notably Karl Ferris, the photographer responsible for the shot on what is widely regarded to be the first psychedelic album sleeve. Here it is, posing on my 1965 Dansette Viva…

Seems odd now that back in June '67 the hitherto tame and obedient Hollies should have pipped the Floyd by some two months for the first psychedelic sleeve.

Karl Ferris also worked with Hendrix and Donovan. 

The Southern Trains website is HERE.

The Southeastern Trains website is HERE.

The Rock'n'Roll London Walk with London Walks takes place every Friday at 2:00pm meeting at Tottenham Court Road Station.

There's no need to book – the walking tour costs £10 per person with £8 for concessions.

Saturday, 27 June 2015

Have A Great Day at #Pride2015

Spotted this in an Old Compton Street window yesterday on the way home from leading the Rock'n'Roll London Walk…

Have a great Pride 2015!

Tuesday, 23 June 2015

Pink Floyd, Giles Gilbert Scott, Joseph Bazalgette & The Abbey Road Mystery

It is arguably Pink Floyd's most famous album sleeve…

Released in 1977, Animals features Battersea Power Station (designed by, among others, Sir Giles Gilbert Scott) and a giant pig flying between its famous chimneys. The sleeve design and concept is credited to Floyd's Roger Waters with the shoot executed and shot by the famous Hipgnosis design team.

Shot being the operative word.

The inflatable pic – 30 feet in length – was filled with helium and a marksman was employed to bring the thing down with a bullet if it broke free of its moorings. Unfortunately, inclement weather halted the photoshoot and work was postponed until the next day… the marksman, alas, had only been booked for the first day.

Most have you have seen it coming by now.

The pig – known as Algie – broke free and was out of sight within five minutes (that's literally out of sight, rather than, "Like, outta sight man") eventually landing in a field in Kent, having disrupted flights out of London airports on the way.

It's not the only architectural relic of London's past associated with Pink Floyd. In March 1968 they filmed at Abbey Mills Pumping Station (designed by Sir Joseph Bazalgette) in deepest East London. Producer Tony Palmer (who went on to make the monumental All You Need Is Love documentary series on popular music with contributions from, among others, Charles Chilton) captured a performance of post-Syd Barrett Pink Floyd doing Set The Controls For The Heart Of The Sun.

The old Abbey Mills Pumping Station is but a hop, skip and jump from London's most confusing station: Abbey Road. No not THAT Abbey Road, that's why it's confusing.

So if you DO end up at Abbey Road on the DLR, and not St John's Wood on the Jubilee Line for Abbey Road Studios (where Pink Floyd recorded their albums up to, but not including Animals), then all is not lost! At least there's a flake of Rock'n'Roll London history quite nearby.

Here’s our Rock’n’Roll London video…

Thanks to The Daily Constitutional, where this post first appeared. 

Monday, 22 June 2015

Rock'n'Roll Comic Book Fanzine – The Latest

Rock'n'Roll London Comic Book Fanzine Latest: The first online sales in digital format have been joined by the first few copies of the print version! 

And the first few reader comments are in too. Thanks to D. Ruston for the following:

Love it! Fantastic, give me more!!

On the case D. Ruston! Work is progressing on Issue 2 starring The Who. Here's the latest rough draft of the cover for Issue 2…

I'll share some more rough sketches as issue 2 grows. And there's a crowdfunding campaign in the pipeline with some excellent (if I say so meself) rewards, including the opportunity to pick the stars of a whole issue! You name 'em, I'll draw'n'write 'em! More details on that soon. In the meantime…

Try before you buy: FREE six-page sample for download.

The Rock'n'Roll London Comic Book fanzine will be available for sale on the Rock'n'Roll London walk this Friday! 2pm at Tottenham Court Road station – there's no need to book! Full details at www.walks.com.

Saturday, 20 June 2015

Starting Issue 2 of the Rock'n'Roll London Comic Book Fanzine

Adam writes… With issue No.1 of the Rock'n'Roll London Comic Book Fanzine out now, I've started on issue No.2 which stars The Who! Roger's mane, Pete's nose, John's facial hair and Keith's eyebrows are the starting points on paper. And I took a trip to The Who's early 60s stomping ground, the Goldhawk Road for some pie & mash (see the London Walks blog HERE). Here are the first few rough sketches

Issue 1 Pink Floyd's London is available now! Buy it on the Rock'n'Roll London walk or online. Print version available HERE, digital version for e-reader/tablet/smartphone HERE and a FREE 6-page sample for download

Monday, 15 June 2015

The Rock'n'Roll London Comic Book Fanzine Issue No.1 Is Now Available For Download!

One. Two. Ah-one, two, three, four!

The Rock'n'Roll London Comic Book Fanzine issue no.1 is now available for download!

Available in PDF format for smartphone and tablet…

… and e-reader…

Download the full 20 page version – with cartoons, maps, reviews, trivia and history relating to Pink Floyd in London – BY CLICKING HERE.

A 6-page try-before-you-buy FREE download is available HERE.

The Rock'n'Roll London Comic Book Fanzine will be out in print next week!

The Rock'n'Roll London walking tour with London Walks® meets at Tottenham Court Road station every Friday at 2:00p.m and every Wednesday at 7:00p.m. There's no need to book. The tour costs £10 (£8 concession). 

Tuesday, 9 June 2015

A Spinal Tap Moment… Stone'enge!

You will no doubt remember the famous Stonehenge scene in Spinal Tap, where the stage set for the band's prog rock extravaganza on druidic culture gets designed in inches rather than feet and embarrassing confusion reigns… 

Well I've just had a similar experience.

The proof for the Rock'n'Roll London Comic Book Fanzine arrived in the post this morning from the printer… very nice it was, too.

Apart from the fact that I'd given the printer instructions to print A3 rather than A5.

So the production process will have to take a few days longer while I hang my head in shame. 

In the meantime do help yourself to a FREE DOWNLOAD 6-page sampler of Issue One.

And here's Tap with Stone'enge!

Saturday, 6 June 2015

NEW! Free Download of The Rock'n'Roll London Comic Book Fanzine!

The Rock'n'Roll London Comic Book Fanzine is a new companion book to the Rock'n'Roll London Walking Tour.

Written & illustrated by Adam Scott-Goulding, it's part comic book, part fanzine, part self-guided tour with biographies, trivia, reviews and maps. The series will feature many of the acts that pop up on the Rock'n'Roll London Walking Tour and scores of locations that we just don't have the time to get to along the route of an average tour.

Issue #1 features Pink Floyd, with issue #2 starring The Who.

The print version will be ready next week and available for sale on the Rock'n'Roll London tour soon. There will also be a downloadable version available next week.

Adam will be launching a Kickstarter campaign to support the series soon.

In the meantime, there's a 6-page sampler available for free download from the London Book & Walking Tour Shop online. NB. The Rock'n'Roll London Comic Book Fanzine contains adult themes.

Download your free sample at the London Book & Walking Tour Shop HERE – your order will be fulfilled by SendOwl.