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2. 1966 And All That

It’s also 1966, as I write this in 2011. In 1966, Delia Derbyshire pays for Pink Floyd’s taxi as they visit her at the BBC Radiophonic Workshop. Pink Floyd’s Syd Barrett is months away from going mad. Philip K Dick publishes NOW WAIT FOR LAST YEAR. (Last year was the pirate TV broadcast from Sunk Head, in international waters.) Yoko Ono is months away from being naked on Delia Derbyshire’s floor for no particular reason. The INTERNATIONAL TIMES recently commenced publication, launching at a Pink Floyd gig. (Radio Tower is now broadcasting spottily from Sunk Head.) The film THE WITCHES, written by Nigel Kneale, has been released. And issue 7 of radical architecture magazine ARCHIGRAM is published, under the theme of “beyond architecture,” packaged with a resistor, to denote, in the words of Archigram member Dennis Crompton, the “end of the Faraday era, if you like, where the ways of processing electrons were through valves and various devices that were based on late Nineteenth century discoveries.”

Crompton goes on to describe one piece of the magazine, as written by Warren Chalk: “it’s a letter from Warren to David about ghosts and phantoms. And again, it’s Warren thinking out loud, as you might say, thinking that ghosts are his memories of the past in architectural design and music and social events, and the phantoms are from the future.”

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