English Trip Evening
27th May 2015, Memorial Unitarian Church. Cambridge, 7.30pm.
£3 advance, £4 on the door.
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English Heretic are delighted to be co-hosting an evening with John Doran and Arabrot as part of their English Trip tour. Accompanied by Arabrot and English Heretic John will be reading choice extracts from his book "Jolly Lad".
The evening will be themed on the idea of A Brutal Road Trip. Imagine Oil projections over abandoned asylums.
English Heretic will be presenting "Video Anxieties" - an audio/visual reading focusing on the locations from Living Dead at the Manchester Morgue, the video nasty bill, murder and the miners strike. All the revenants of the real 1984.
The night will also feature readings and audio visual presentations by the Evie Salmon & James Riley of the Cambridge Counter-Culture Research Group. A bad trip through Bradford at the time of the crossbow cannibal's murder spree. A land rendered by the fictions of David Peace.
JOLLY LAD by John Doran
Published in hardback, paperback and electronic edition by Strange Attractor in June 2015.
Cover art by Simon Fowler and illustrations by Krent Able.
Hardback Edition comes with free CD of readings and music from Nicky Wire of Manic Street Preachers, Abi & Neil of British Sea Power, Eccentronic Research Council, Teeth Of The Sea, English Heretic, Grumbling Fur, Mark Dicker, GNOD and Bronze Teeth.
Jolly Lad is a memoir about the recovery from alcoholism, habitual drug use and mental illness. It is also about the healing power of music, how memory defines us, the redemption offered by fatherhood and what it means to be working class.
In 2011 VICE magazine asked music journalist John Doran for a weekly column. The only instruction they gave me was simple: “You can write about whatever you want but it can’t be about music.”
The column ended up being called MENK – a shortened version of ‘mental’ used in some, but by no means all, parts of Merseyside, to mean intellectually feeble or mentally handicapped rather than mentally ill. Doran grew up round the corner from the largest Victorian insane asylum in Europe, Rainhill Hospital, and this harsh epithet would be shouted at him by other kids when he got off the bus after school.
The column ended up being about the minutiae of Doran’s life. It was about gentrification; being diagnosed bipolar; attending Alcoholics Anonymous; living in a block of flats on a housing estate in London; the psychological damage done by psychedelic drugs; depression; DJing; factory work; friendship; growing old; hallucinations; street violence and obsessive behaviour – especially regarding music and art.
English Heretic Present The Apartment Trilogy
17th February 2013, The Old Hairdresser's, 27 Renfield Lane, Glasgow. 5pm.
Black Harvest at Our Black Heart
12th January 2013, Our Black Heart Camden, London.
English Heretic 2012 AGM
13th October, Bath Masonic Hall, Old Orchard Theatre, Bath BA1 1JU
Confirmed guest speakers and performers:
Antony Clayton – Gentleman of Hastings
As a taster for his recently published book Netherwood: Last Resort Of Aleister Crowley, Antony will be taking the audience on an annotated guide to the remarkable guesthouse where the “Wickedest Man In The World” spent his final years, playing chess, injecting heroin and receiving an impressive cast of visitors. A unique memoir of place and person Antony's “Netherwood” is available as limited hard back edition, including over 40 photographs and illustrations.
John Cussans - Red Cross Bones Pomba Gira Workings
Abstract to follow.
Ken Hollings - The Psychoanalysis of Trash: The ‘Fever of Matter’ and the Aesthetics of Industrial Decay
Ken’s presentation will argue that ‘trash aesthetics’ represents an early crisis in the modernist dynamic. Starting from Huysmans’ A Rebours, in which the pasteurization process is a praised as a means of transforming poor quality wine into copies of fine vintages, it will examine trash as the original prima materia of art. Alchemic processes of transformation (the ‘fever of matter’) are invoked, alongside early ‘hysterical’ practices identified by Sigmund Freud in which discarded objects associated with the dead king take on a sacred aspect, to trace connections between Crown Prince Rudolph of the Hapsburgs and King Ludwig II of Bavaria on the one hand and Elvis Presley and Michael Jackson on the other. All four of them were vilified for their excessive behaviour and ‘bad taste’, and all four of them were the victims of self-inflicted – one might almost say sacrificial – violence in one aspect or another. And yet all four of them created powerfully charged personal environments (the castle and the hunting lodge, the southern mansion the fairy-tale palace) that are closely associated as much with their deaths as their extraordinary lives.
The love and appreciation of trash, the talk concludes, is essentially aristocratic and subversive at the same time: closely linked with notions of alchemic transformation and the overthrow of all established cultural norms.
Dean Kenning - Innovations in Heresy: Prospects for Growth
Working through a series of bullet points, graphs and flowcharts, Dean will chart unorthodox, anti-establishment, idolatrous and destabilising patterns of behaviour across the UK with a view to their potential exploitation
Sarah Sparkes - Remember. THE END.
Sarah’s talk will contextualise this year’s AGM venue with regard to her current work for a forthcoming exhibition on Theatrical Dynamics at Torrance Art Museum. A phantasmagorical travelogue through personal and west country history, the talk will develop themes from Sarah’s GHost project, presenting her great grandfather’s magic lantern slides and discussing their unusual connection with The Tolpuddle Martyrs secret society.
Haunted Shoreline - Plumbing the depths on the south coast of England.
Hermes Trismegistus and Salvador Dali chase giant psychedelic beachballs across fossil-strewn cliffs, while Georges Bataille performs unspeakable perversions with Max Ernst’s frottage sticks and a vampire squid. At The Haunted Shoreline, a stretch of the English coastline becomes transmuted, emerging as a wondrous Hermetic Theatre in which secret Nature is unveiled and the shadowed recesses of the mind illumined. Where occult beachcombing meets surrealist psychoanalysis, and everything crackles with life.
The Blue Tree - perform a Lethbridge moog ritual.
Matthew Shaw is a Dorset based musician, artist, photographer and songwriter, he has been making and releasing music since the mid 1990s. Recent work has focused on compositions based on single locations such as Lanreath, Fernworthy, Seatown, Zeist and Barnoldswick. Matthew is also an active member of the bands Fougou, The Blue Tree and 230 Divisadero. The Blue Tree is Matt’s collaborative project with Andrew Paine.
English Heretic – Collision! The Devil Drives Out
An electroacoustic rendering of their forthcoming album. “Collision! The Devil Drives Out” imagines a post-mortem trip along the Bath Road in Berkshire. A death coach carrying Tarotic fools to a metal elysium beneath the Heathrow flyer, their cards read by Frieda Harris: Aleister Crowley directs Dr. Terror's House Of Horrors, ritual cinematography by Dick Bush. “The Mangled Destinies of Robert Cochrane, Angel Blake, Dr. Robert Vaughan and George Sanders” photographed by Peter Beard, in kodachrome kalas somewhere near 1973. Mall timeslips programmed by Ian Ball. Reanimated Ex Men, anti-heroes, under the tutelage of wheelchair bound mystic John Levy, a module in psychohistory delivered with the heavy hand of a violent cartoon.