the early seventies of the last century surprisingly enough were some very interesting times for non-linear (art)rock and anti-(under)dogmatic improvisation. the gap between hippie and punk left a lot of space for social and sonic experiments and experiences of all kind. the sub- & contextualizations of kraut and canterbury were two of the gestating corner stones of the dawning of a new error. and though tubular bells and the faust tapes influenced millions of forthcoming generations: success and a fortiori commercial success was inaccessible and inacceptable. great times we had!
in 1975 i bought "lady june´s linguistic leprosy" in a cut-out sell-out in a german department store. and though brian eno was mentioned on the cover i had no idea what to expect and i still can not delineate what kind of sounds these were that i have been listening to many times since then. the music was far beyond my teenage stockhausen and stooges experience.
june campbell cramer was born in plymouth on the 3rd of june 1931. she was a poet trying to stretch the limitation of "words" and to spread the illumination of vivisected "words". in 1971 she created lady june. most of her work remains undiscovered, obscure, noncommittal and discreet with only very few traceable occurences. here is one.
ICES. the international carnival of experimental sounds. in 1972 lady june was part of an experimental tribal meeting at the london roundhouse. she performed a linguistic leprosy with david bedford (keyboards and), lol coxhill (soprano sax), steve hilledge (born hillage, of course, on guitars), tim blake (synthesizer and), archie leggett (bass), bobby stignac (percussion), tim cresswell (???), daevid allen (gong-guitars), jugglers, fireeaters and clowns (puke!). this copy of a second generation cassette tape starts and ends as harsh as it does.side a, 224 kbps, 47:35, 78 mb
side b, 224 kbps, 47:38, 78 mb
some more (kevin ayers, david bedford, lol coxhill, mike oldfield, mick fincher, ollie halsall, archie leggett, chris spedding, robert wyatt, brian eno... [just kidding...]): may i?