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Wednesday 25 March 2009

Hippy Nonsense

Today’s contribution comes from Principal Edwards’ Magic Theatre, one of the numerous hippy collectives that occupied farmhouses in rural areas of the UK in the late 1960s and early 1970s.

They formed while students at Exeter University and were signed to John Peel’s Dandelion label. They released two albums on Dandelion, the second of which – “The Asmoto Running Band” – was released in 1971 and produced by Nick Mason of Pink Floyd.

By the time that album was released they had left Exeter and were living in a farmhouse near Kettering, hence “The Kettering Song”. Is it a savage indictment of the stale values of Middle England or just typical middle-class students sneering at the sort of people they would become within ten years – you decide.

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