Húsvéti üdvözlet!

I love Spring and Autumn….

Ein Frohes Osterfest posted to Famile Monostori Bela Budapest 17 March 1978

Ein Frohes Osterfest posted to Famile Monostori Bela Budapest 17 March 1978

Here are some lovely kitsch German and Hungarian postcards I found in Hungary.

Serie GL 31 Amag posted Budapest April 1972

Serie GL 31 Amag posted Budapest April 1972

Husveti udvozlet April 15 1956

Husveti udvozlet April 15 1956

Ein frohes Osterfest posted 9 April 1968 sent to Momostori Belome Budapest

Ein frohes Osterfest posted 9 April 1968 sent to Momostori Belome Budapest

WSSB 9322 posted Budapest can't read

WSSB 9322 posted Budapest can’t read

Things have been quite quiet on the music front but we had a great session with little Richard.  Mark calls him young Richard. His real name is Richard Moore.  He played with Nigel Kennedy the same night after he had done our session at Ronnie Scotts but sadly he couldn’t get me in. I’m pleased with this beautiful melody he has written on a song called ‘Turn Me On’.

Richard in Studio March 2015

Richard in Studio March 2015

The album is pretty much there. I could see it performed if there was demand and I can see it visually. We’ll have to see.  Here’s Mark Vernon at the piano.  I’m very excited whatever about this album.  I plan to perform at a special event in June.  It’s given me something to aim towards.

Mark at Studio March 2015

Mark at Studio March 2015

Mark and Adie at Unit 2 Studios London March 2015

Mark and Adie at Unit 2 Studios London March 2015

Hungary was a wonderful place to visit.  I swam twice a day.  As I swim mainly underwater I admired huge bodies through my goggles in the lovely pool that was attached to the hotel which was the inspiration for the film Grand Budapest Hotel.  I sat in the hot thermal baths.  Faded grandeur, under the shadow of its communist past.  My guide book was from the early 80s I got it because of the photographs. I didn’t realise it at the time it was that old.  Here is the guidebook to Communist Hungary.

The Hungaria restaurant on the Great Boulevard from Budapest 150 Photographs: Tourist Information published by Rozsa Szalontay Szalontai Publishing House 1980s

The Hungaria restaurant on the Great Boulevard from Budapest 150 Photographs: Tourist Information published by Rozsa Szalontay Szalontai Publishing House 1980s

This restaurant doesn’t exist anymore neither does Maxim’s or the casino

Casino Budapest and Maxim's Night Club from Budapest published by Szalontai Publishing House 1980s

Casino Budapest and Maxim’s Night Club from Budapest published by Szalontai Publishing House 1980s

But you can go to Momento Park (didn’t quite make that)

Memento Park leaflet found in hotel lobby February 2015

Memento Park leaflet found in hotel lobby February 2015

But you can have the most amazing breakfast at the Gallert Hotel ….if you haven’t got poisoned in the bar the night before.  Tip: Avoid whatever looks like champagne/ prosecco.  Whatever it is it isn’t ….

Breakfast at the Gallert February 2015 (Photograph by Lettie)

Breakfast at the Gallert February 2015 (Photograph by Lettie)

Have beauty treatments:

Hungarian Shop front February 2015

Hungarian Shop front February 2015 (Photograph by Lettie)

Or buy a souvenir:

Souvenir at Market Budapest February 2015

Souvenir at Market Budapest February 2015 (Photograph by Lettie)

Or you could hang out in the cafes…

Self portrait by Lettie

Self portrait by Lettie

Or see a wonderful exhibition at the House of Photography Mao Mano and buy a beautiful book…

Signs and Relics by Sylvia Plachy signed with forward by Wim Wenders The Monacelli Press 1999

Signs and Relics by Sylvia Plachy signed with forward by Wim Wenders The Monacelli Press 1999

And of course hide a doll…

Comedy Bar Donde Dolly February 2015

Comedy Bar Donde Dolly February 2015 (Photograph by Lettie)

You can buy lots of things at the flea market in Pest…

Tolnai Vilaglapja Budapest 1943 Julius 7

Tolnai Vilaglapja Budapest 1943 Julius 7

EIBRIS Rona Jazz found in flea market Pest February 2015

EIBRIS Rona Jazz found in flea market Pest February 2015

Exposita Budapestini Anno 1966 Ex Libris Polonica found in flea market Pest February 2015

Exposita Budapestini Anno 1966 Ex Libris Polonica found in flea market Pest February 2015

You could find the kitschest book you could find at the flea market in Pest…

A Giccs by Gillo Dorfles cover published Gondolat Budapest 1986

A Giccs by Gillo Dorfles cover published Gondolat Budapest 1986

And look at its wonderful images…

A Swissminiatur Melideben (Lugano) from A Giccs by Gillo Dorfles Gondolate Bupapest 1986

A Swissminiatur Melideben (Lugano) from A Giccs by Gillo Dorfles Gondolate Bupapest 1986

From A Giccs by Gillo Dorles Gondlat Budapest 1986

From A Giccs by Gillo Dorles Gondlat Budapest 1986

Tajkep festett autgumikkal from Gillo Dorfles Gondolat Budapest 1986

Tajkep festett autgumikkal from Gillo Dorfles Gondolat Budapest 1986

A brusszeli atomium from A Giccs by Gillo Dorfles Gondolat Budapest 1986

A brusszeli atomium from A Giccs by Gillo Dorfles Gondolat Budapest 1986

From A Giccs by Gillo Dorfles Gondolat Budapest Gondolat Budapest 1986

From A Giccs by Gillo Dorfles Gondolat Budapest Gondolat Budapest 1986

My most precious thing though that I bought at the flea market was an 80 year old Hungarian bear who I have been talking to tonight…he has told me the most hilarious joke…

Lettie and her 80 yr old Hungary bear

Lettie and her bear

Lettie and her bear

Lettie and her 80 year old Hungarian bear

Why do communists only drink herbal tea?  Because proper tea is theft!

I was going to sell him but after tonight I just don’t know how I can considering all he’s been through and he can still make a joke about it all…

Happy Easter!

xXx

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St Valentine be mine I’m Hungry

Cover of Photoplay February 1972 published by Photoplay Film Monthly 12-18 Paul Street London EC2A 4JS

Cover of Photoplay February 1972 published by Photoplay Film Monthly 12-18 Paul Street London EC2A 4JS

We went to the studio in December with Dave Barbarossa – what a legend. His own band Cauldronated are doing gigs around London so do keep an eye out for them – having watched ‘Birdman’ (parts of it filmed in the Edison Hotel where I began my musical journey) and the extremely good ‘Whiplash’ it’s all about drums at the moment!

Dave Barbarossa in studio December 2014

Dave Barbarossa in studio December 2014

I’m not back in the studio till March (with the wonderful Richard Moore on violin joining us) but in the meantime I’ve been away in Mexico and been pondering visuals for the album I am writing with Mark Vernon.

Adie, Dave and Mark at Unit 2 Studios London December 2014

Adie, Dave and Mark at Unit 2 Studios London December 2014

It may be these visuals are too personal and will not work but I’m creating them anyway. They include the underground museum in Mexico. I love scuba diving. I have only been four times but I feel totally at home down there. I took some underwater footage on an underwater camera that was only £30. Thanks to Cameron Craig (our producer/ mixer/ engineer) who told me how good these little cameras are. I also spent hours untangling some Mexican puppets, which I feel have some kind of story to them.  Lettie or Letty or Leticia is quite a common name out there.

Letty's Local Mexico 2015

Letty’s Local Mexico 2015

Here I am with my cabellero!

Lettie and her caballero January 2015

Lettie and her caballero January 2015

There was one quite funny incident out there after I got the most amazing Mayan Massage (sprinkled with branches, a full hour and a half but no feet because I’m too ticklish).  I have only had about two massages in my life.  Anyway, I had bought a Celia Birtwhistle dress for about £20 from the Trinity Hospice shop and it’s rather floaty and pretty, not my usual style.  I was all perched on a bench and I thought I was fine but actually the mixture of the massage and the margarita obviously went straight to my head and I completely lost my balance and fell down in the busy street.  So uncool.  Dress very floaty indeed.    Anyway, here’s an example of her amazing designs:

Celia Birtwell's Floating Daisy pattern Ossie Clark Vietnam 1969 photograph by Jim Lee from 'vintage fashion' published by Carlton books 2006 by Emma Baxter-Wright, Sarah Kennedy and Kate Mulvey

Celia Birtwell’s Floating Daisy pattern Ossie Clark Vietnam 1969 photograph by Jim Lee from ‘vintage fashion’ published by Carlton books 2006 by Emma Baxter-Wright, Sarah Kennedy and Kate Mulvey

I got a very surprising message from some guys writers / DJs in Italy and I’m keeping quiet for the time being but I’m rather pleased with the track which we are calling ‘Hungry’. It’s a revelation working on a dance track. I’m really pleased with it and it is in total contrast to the album I’m doing.

Lettie with the guys in Tuscany's email saying how much they like 'Hungry' February 2015

Lettie with the guys in Tuscany’s email saying how much they like ‘Hungry’ February 2015

I know my journey to Milan last year was not a wasted one. Geppi and I have recorded two tracks under the name ‘Bongo Express’. Things take time but they sound great.

Milano Viktor Emanuel II Gallery Fotographia GIESSE unmarked

Milano Viktor Emanuel II Gallery Fotographia GIESSE unmarked

I sometimes wonder if it’s worth doing my blog because I don’t think many people read it but I really must make myself do it. Not only is it my memory and musical diary it is a constant reminder of things I must never forget…  I recently read that Myspace destroyed everyone’s blog from that time. I know that I had hundreds of images and stories on there. My whole tour with Peter Murphy back in 2009 was recorded on there. In one gigantic swoop they tore it all down.

Unknown picture from Mexico

Unknown picture from Mexico

So I thought I would get into a romantic mood instead….

May 1908 to Miss Davis West Malvern hope you got home safe.  We have just been up the tower to fetch the cards ...shall come Friday if fine love from G

May 1908 to Miss Davis West Malvern hope you got home safe. We have just been up the tower to fetch the cards …shall come Friday if fine love from G

Aug 30 1907 He is handsome, beautiful Brown eyes and such a nice curl x Mr F L Murray 136 Kilburn Park Road date August 30 1907 (Valentine's Series)

Aug 30 1907 He is handsome, beautiful Brown eyes and such a nice curl x Mr F L Murray 136 Kilburn Park Road date August 30 1907 (Valentine’s Series)

January 31 1936 so pleased to get your letter ...what a city of moruning London was...such crowads you were a long way off.  I suppose...Dear love keep well to miss Clark 38 Priorty Road London NW6

January 31 1936 so pleased to get your letter …what a city of mourning London was…such crowds you were a long way off. I suppose…Dear love keep well to miss Clark 38 Priorty Road London NW6

When first among the jessamine he saw her looking on The Rotopaot Postcard Postkarte Carte Postale 1907

When first among the jessamine he saw her looking on The Rotopaot Postcard Postkarte Carte Postale 1907

Dear Wilfred just a few lines to let you know I shall come down on Saturday night yours truly ...Lizzie xxxxx Holmfirth Bamforth Y Co Ltd Publishers date not known

Dear Wilfred just a few lines to let you know I shall come down on Saturday night yours truly …Lizzie xxxxx Holmfirth Bamforth Y Co Ltd Publishers date not known

Unknown photograph

Unknown photograph

To Mr R Grosly in Leytonstone 1905? Alexander's Life Model series No 87

To Mr R Grosly in Leytonstone 1905? Alexander’s Life Model series No 87

I do love Roxy Music

Single The Same Old Scene & Lover by Roxy Music 1980 E.G. Records Ltd

Single The Same Old Scene & Lover by Roxy Music 1980 E.G. Records Ltd

And this book ‘Manwatching’ by Desmond Morris makes me laugh here he advises that the neck embrace is only for lovers who really trust one another:

'Manwatching' A Field Guide to Human Behaviour Desmond Morris 1978 'The Neck Embrace is so similar to a throttling action that it is rarely used and can only be employed where there is total trust and... both partners are completed relaxed

‘Manwatching’ A Field Guide to Human Behaviour Desmond Morris 1978 ‘The Neck Embrace is so similar to a throttling action that it is rarely used and can only be employed where there is total trust and… both partners are completed relaxed

From 'Manwatching' A Field Guide to Human Behaviour by Desmond Morris 1978

From ‘Manwatching’ A Field Guide to Human Behaviour by Desmond Morris 1978

I’m off to see Eve Ferret perform tonight.  Last time I saw Hazel O’Connor with her who was excellent…she’s totally unique and brilliant…she will probably mention the sad passing of Steve Strange who was a good friend of hers…

Eve Ferret UK Films-TV-Actress Blackpool Golden Mile on a movie location February 1996 Photograph copyright of Robert McDougall

Eve Ferret UK Films-TV-Actress Blackpool Golden Mile on a movie location February 1996 Photograph copyright of Robert McDougall

27.5.56 arrived today from Cortina D'Ampezza where the winter Olympic games were held ....On the back is a picture of a group who are giving a concert dancing and yodelling. I have bought their postcard here it is best love Dad

27.5.56 arrived today from Cortina D’Ampezza where the winter Olympic games were held ….On the back is a picture of a group who are giving a concert dancing and yodelling. I have bought their postcard here it is best love Dad

More very soon….

From Delys Nash 272A Blackhorse Lane Walthamstow E17 (1928)

From Delys Nash 272A Blackhorse Lane Walthamstow E17 (1928)

Here’s an old track called ‘Eternity’ ….Happy Valentine’s Day xxx

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Happy Christmas

Thank you to everyone who has helped and supported me this year.  I did manage to get out there and perform a little.  Thank you to my friend Dave Bagg for helping me so much, Denise for having me over on the island, Geppi in Milan, Dave Barbarossa for drumming the two gigs we had.  Without music I would not have known or met any of these people, so for that alone I am grateful.  But I am always indebted to David Baron – a long time has passed since I made those Catskills but his year has been a good one!

Photoplay Christmas Number Barbara Murray Rank Organisation December 1950 Vol No 10 Cover printed by Ben Johnson & Co Ltd York

Photoplay Christmas Number Barbara Murray Rank Organisation December 1950 Vol No 10 Cover printed by Ben Johnson & Co Ltd York

I have nearly finished the album with Mark and it should be ready in the Spring.  I’m excited about the project. It’s very raw.  Its marking quite a bit of time for me now.  It’s like looking at the last two years of my life.  Dave Barbarossa very kindly came in to do some drums in early December and I shall find photographs to post next time.

Good Luck a jolly time for you all Ernie to Mr Harvey Scorey Opera House Weymouth Dorset 1907

Good Luck a jolly time for you all Ernie to Mr Harvey Scorey Opera House Weymouth Dorset 1907

This is just a little visual message sending good wishes to everybody for Christmas and New Year….

Dear Pa Wishing you a very Happy Xmas Love Ma xxx

Dear Pa Wishing you a very Happy Xmas Love Ma xxx

Xmas 1911 We expected a familiar foot step this evening but the wet night must have chaced it away so we will hope for a bring dawning of a happy Christmas morning for you all...

Xmas 1911 We expected a familiar foot step this evening but the wet night must have chaced it away so we will hope for a bring dawning of a happy Christmas morning for you all…

Vera Ellen Publicity Photo Wearing the costume from the finale of 'White Christmas'

Vera Ellen Publicity Photo Wearing the costume from the finale of ‘White Christmas’

The Shenley Real Photo Dear Edith just ending you a card hoping you will have a good time this Christmas

The Shenley Real Photo Dear Edith just ending you a card hoping you will have a good time this Christmas

Set of Dynasty date unknown unmarked

Set of Dynasty date unknown unmarked

To people I have come to know through places I have entered now….Thank you to Barry Lategan for taking this photograph

Petra and Lettie outside the Chelsea Arts Club Summer 2014 by Barry Lategan (Copyright Barry Lategan)

Petra and Lettie outside the Chelsea Arts Club Summer 2014 by Barry Lategan (Copyright Barry Lategan)

Tonight I remember Billy…….whose smile lit up the room

To absent friends and family we miss you

xx

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Noephemera

Having gone through all my ephemera again recently I realise I have nothing which has any link to November. No poppies nothing.  This November we have come to remember more than just the 5th.  November made me feel very nostalgic, and sad. I’m a December baby.

Petra and Lettie in fancy dress

Petra and Lettie in fancy dress scenes from my childhood

I went to San Sebastian at the end of September to the San Sebastian Film Festival and watched a lot of films! It was a good idea to go since who wants to sit in restaurants every night amongst stony silent couples and anyway they eat pinchos in San Sebastian.  It was very much off season almost too late to call it a Summer holiday. I braved the pool every day even though it was only 18 degrees.  I was the only one swimming.  It closed the day we left.

Swimming pool San Sebastian September 2014

Swimming pool San Sebastian September 2014

It’s a beautiful town on the sea and the hotel we stayed at was in the middle of a theme park! (By tower on hill in postcard).

San Sebastian Ondaretta Beach Dominguez- Madrid

The reason I bring this up is because of my lack of ephemera to share this month, I thought I would share some of the postcards I found and photographs I took in this strange amusement park.

San Sebastian Big tides Foto Color Galarza

San Sebastian Big tides Foto Color Galarza

San Sebastian Vista Panoramica Rio Urumea y puentes  Nocturna

San Sebastian Vista Panoramica Rio Urumea y puentes Nocturna

It is probably one of the oldest in the world. Some people complained on Trip Advisor about this but all I can say it was the most surreal experience apart from the site of the three very sad donkeys that walked up and down the mountain promenade for the odd child that wanted a ride. We went on the rollercoaster and boat ride and walked into a rather frightening tunnel of terror which only the Spanish can do.

Casa del Terror September 2014 San Sebastian

Casa del Terror September 2014 San Sebastian

For some time now I’ve been doing a project based on this Sicilian doll who I have called Dolly and basically there is a concept which is fairly simple.  Donde Dolly is a series of photographs where you have to find her as she is a very shy doll.  Here she is not hiding.

Dolly at San Sebastian fairground September 2014

Dolly at San Sebastian fairground September 2014

Choosing postcards San Sebastian September 2014

Choosing postcards San Sebastian September 2014

Dolly seeing how strong she is September 2014

Dolly seeing how strong she is September 2014

Here she is hiding.

Donde Dolly?  Where is Dolly? Can you find her in Inglesa de Santa Maria in San Sebastian Church September 2014

Donde Dolly? Where is Dolly? Can you find her in Inglesa de Santa Maria in San Sebastian Church September 2014

We are back in the studio and we had a nice reunion with Richard Moore an exceptional violinist and top company. He’s only 24 and has played with Nigel Kennedy. He’s a star in the making. Five tracks mixed (two years later) it’s become an ardous journey lately. I work four full days now which has slowed down progress considerably.

San Sebastian was very inspiring.  I had many ideas.  I love hotels the more deserted the better – the view from this one was staggering.

Hotel with a view San Sebastian September 2014

Hotel with a view San Sebastian September 2014

I would just look out to sea. It was totally anonymous.

 

I live with someone with dementia which unfortunately I am sure people know is a very frustrating thing. My aunt with whom I have been hiding upstairs at for the past 10 years was boring at the best times apart from the film jobs I got her (and she had a very successful film extras career spanning hear early eighties) so now she’s even more so.

 

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Lettie in the bath a few years ago worried – shes still worried

 

She forgot that when I came back from Spain it was I that found her on the floor got her in a bath but couldn’t get her out then called an ambulance. We don’t know how long she had been there for but I estimate about 8- 12 hours.  So quite honestly I saved her life!  But what can you do? She only likes men so she thinks it was my brother. Anyway, she’s back . People keep saying never give up like this wonderful inspirational lady that releases her own CDs and sits in San Sebastian performing with her friends, but I just can’t see I will be able to it for much longer.  This really does feel like the last album.

Lady singing in San Sebastian September 2014

Lady singing in San Sebastian September 2014

I have had wonderful news that despite Dave Barbarossa’s commitments to his other projects he has agreed to drum on a couple of the tracks. I’m so happy about this. Mostly though the album has no drums on it at all. It’s pretty bare.  The most important thing at the moment though is to cut down the number of tracks as we have far too many and that’s what I’m going to be doing this weekend. It’s time to focus and try and finish.

Hinkcley Knight Hotel Watling st A5 Route HInkley The proprietors John and Pat Stubbs will make you very welcome Tel. Hinkley 2335

Hinkcley Knight Hotel Watling st A5 Route HInkley The proprietors John and Pat Stubbs will make you very welcome Tel. Hinkley 2335

A huge mention again of David Baron who played all the instruments on the song of the year “All About The Bass’ by Meghan Trainor. It’s a really catchy song which is breaking all over the world. It is such an honour to know him and have worked with him on all three of my albums. As I said before without the generosity that I got from David, I wouldn’t be writing today. I used to be on instant message with David every day. These days it’s hardly ever. Simi Stone the most beautiful singer songwriter as well as person, with whom David has just recently been working with has just got signed too.  I first met him in 2008 at the Hotel Edison where the studio was hidden.  The biggest private recording studio in New York. Now it’s gone and so next will it’s famous cafe where you could see Broadway stars having breakfast.

New York's Art Deco Gem Hotel Edison - In the heart of Times Square- Broadway Theatre District, close to cultural and tourist attractions and many corporate headquaters.  Restaurant, coffee shop, lounge, exercise room and business centre

New York’s Art Deco Gem Hotel Edison – In the heart of Times Square- Broadway Theatre District, close to cultural and tourist attractions and many corporate headquaters. Restaurant, coffee shop, lounge, exercise room and business centre

You may have noticed my website has changed address. This was by accident and it’s a long story but the only good thing about it is that I can now update my site more quickly.

For more album news check out www.unbeknownrecords.com 

xxx

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Andrea Marongiu

No words….

Louise and Andrea from Crystal Fighters outside Shepherd's Bush Empire before he had to and pack away his drums

Louise and Andrea from Crystal Fighters outside Shepherd’s Bush Empire before he had to and pack away his drums (September 14 2011)

In Memory of Andrea Marongiu

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New EP ‘Crossroads’ with Dave Barbarossa out tomorrow!

The EP Dave Barbarossa and I wrote is out tomorrow, on iTunes. It consists of only 3 tracks.

I would also like to write more but time is not on my side. It’s mainly spent working in my day job and I need to finish off the project I started with Mark all that time ago. I have also been writing with a great writer called Dylan Freed and Geppi in Italy. Everything I do has a completely different feel.

It would be wonderful to perform again as we had a great time supporting the fantastic Lene Lovich ….I just don’t know at the moment.

Supporting Lene Lovich Lettie w: Dave Barbarossa August Friday 18 August photogaph by Pamina Brassey

Supporting Lene Lovich Lettie w: Dave Barbarossa August Friday 18 August photogaph by Pamina Brassey

I sort of have a deadline to aim for which is interlinked with my living situation and many other things besides. I’m not interested in money but the investment that is needed to actually do music is something akin to the hunger or thirst of a gambler that can’t be quenched. I keep thinking ‘yes I will do just one more track and record it to the highest level I can’  but each time it wipes my finances out.  There’s a whole in my bucket dear Liza.

By the way what happened to these? What a great way to collect for charity why were they phased out?  Or are they a bit creepy?  I’m not sure now.

Please put a penny in from article in Nova Magazine 1975

Please put a penny in from article in Nova Magazine 1975

Please Put a Penny In from Nova Magazine IPC Magazines Ltd 1975

Please Put a Penny In from Nova Magazine IPC Magazines Ltd 1975

Please put a penny in from Nova March 1975

Please put a penny in from Nova March 1975

I was incredibly lucky in the past to have recorded 3 albums for free with David Baron.  This is unheard of by most people and I am incredibly thankful and grateful to have had this opportunity and in many ways feel like I have let him down were it not for the fact he is doing incredibly well!  One track he co-wrote and produced has topped the iTunes Charts and the album with Simi Stone, amongst others he has done recently, is excellent.

Unknown photograph

Unknown photograph

Anyway, back to August and holidays.

Photoplay cover Maggie Pierce ( see her in M-G-M's The Subterraneans) August 1961 Vol 12 No 8

Photoplay cover Maggie Pierce ( see her in M-G-M’s The Subterraneans) August 1961 Vol 12 No 8

Ah Summer Sun! From Photoplay Magazine August 1937

Ah Summer Sun! From Photoplay Magazine August 1937

Holidays with the Holiday Fellowship Alnmouth

Holidays with the Holiday Fellowship Alnmouth

Brean Camp August 1946

Brean Camp August 1946

There’s a lot of tragedy in the news of late and at times it gets too much.

By Batsford and Dryad Press books for Schools 4 Fitzardinge Street London W1H 0AH published 1989

By Batsford and Dryad Press books for Schools 4 Fitzardinge Street London W1H 0AH published 1989

Dear Maer Very sorry dear I did root for you yesterday will call round about 8 Freya date unknown early

Dear Maer Very sorry dear I did root for you yesterday will call round about 8 Freya date unknown early

Athena Internatioal Good Morning Vietnam copyright the Walt Disney Company printed in England

Athena Internatioal Good Morning Vietnam copyright the Walt Disney Company printed in England

Humphrey Bogard and Laruen Bacall in Dark Passage (1947) Private lives leaking out onto the big screen, a Big Combo behind the secens as well as on celluloid from Screen Lovers by Anne Bilson 1988 photographs from the Kobal Collection

Humphrey Bogard and Laruen Bacall in Dark Passage (1947) Private lives leaking out onto the big screen, a Big Combo behind the secens as well as on celluloid from Screen Lovers by Anne Bilson 1988 photographs from the Kobal Collection

Dear Popsy we arrved 6.30 we spent the day touring it was lovely the weather is grand.  S is much about the same she sends her love Amy Les and Bernard 1956 Bournmouth copyright Sunray Continental Color Series published by Thunder & Clayden

Dear Popsy we arrved 6.30 we spent the day touring it was lovely the weather is grand. S is much about the same she sends her love Amy Les and Bernard 1956 Bournmouth copyright Sunray Continental Color Series published by Thunder & Clayden

I spent most of this weekend in bed reading for once ( I forgot I was supposed to be going to a gig to see the very talented Kirsten Morrison who played keys with Lene Lovich but also had been special guest with Peter Murphy back in 2009).  Her music is extraordinary and I was gutted.   I was tired and I decided to stop for once; Stop recording, stop writing, stop doing my accounts and stop looking at my diary (hum). Stop. I pretended I was on the beach. I finished a book a biography about an addict and Sean Hughes book of poems ‘My Struggle to be decent and Poems of Sadness and Light’, which was, along with his show last night, excellent. I particularly like his stories about his pets.

From back cover of Full Color Dog Books at $1 each How to Raise and Train published by T F H Publications 245 Corenlison Avenue Jersey City 2 N J 1964

From back cover of Full Color Dog Books at $1 each How to Raise and Train published by T F H Publications 245 Corenlison Avenue Jersey City 2 N J 1964

I often take my boss’s dog out for a walk called Whiskers. He is a Border Collie. He is so intelligent that not only does he open doors but he actually (I have seen this) closes them too behind him. I am very fond of Whiskers and I wonder if deep down he realises, despite all the love he gets, that something is missing. Ultimately that something is sheep.

Another unknown photograph from same photo album Bridlington 1938

Unknown Photograph from photo album Bridlington 1938

Unknown Photograph from photo album Bridlington 1938

I also love watching late night television, which is a really bad habit.

Bad Habits S Deepah 13703 Printed in the EU Bizarre www.bizarrverlag.com

Bad Habits S Deepah 13703 Printed in the EU Bizarre http://www.bizarrverlag.com

I only start watching TV very late.  I switch from the news to BBC4 programmes.  On mind recently was one about the Buddhist Sherpas in Nepal near to Mount Everest who act as guides for climbers up Everest no matter the cost (16 were killed in June of this year) and last night the incredible tribes in Borneo trying to get honey from 40m in the trees.  Elephants are used to cart logs across dense jungle as no mechanical vehicle would get through and just how delicately they manage with almost ballet feet is remarkable.

Storyville 42 August-September 1972 printed and published bi-monthly by Storyville Publications and Co., 63, Orford Road London E17 9NJ

Storyville 42 August-September 1972 printed and published bi-monthly by Storyville Publications and Co., 63, Orford Road London E17 9NJ

When I think of the world and see such programmes as this, it does remind me how immensely large and untouched it is and god knows what the future holds but it is beautiful.  Mankind will always create civil wars and fight each other I believe destruction is part of the human condition no matter the intricacies.  I lit a candle on 4th August  for ‘Lights Out’ lest we should ever forget….

Beneath This Stone Rests The Body

Beneath This Stone Rests The Body

As I wandered about town last week I thought how lucky I am even when a guy literally spluttered a mouthful of beer in my face at a pub near the Oval (first day of the Test), saw an Indie band called Pink Cigars hanging out at the Portobello Gold and longed for the old days, met Barry Lategan world famous photographer at the Chelsea Arts Club and imagined days before I was born.  I saw my friend Petra for a mesmerising film called ‘Boyhood’. She set up something called Kerb which is delicious food markets at various sites around London. If I keep my head down I will be fine by my rescheduled holiday in late September and might even be able to visit her in New Orleans when she goes.

You can buy the EP ‘Crossroads’ by clicking on the home page for a hard copy. It includes various bits of ephemera and if you want ‘Good Fortune, Bad Weather’ included let me know. All of these images were found in the attic where I live.

You will also find it on iTunes by clicking here from Monday 18th August.

xXx

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Milano and the Summer of playing again

Picturegoer The National Film Weekly Week ending July 19 1952 Stills Session for Joan Rice

Picturegoer The National Film Weekly Week ending July 19 1952 Stills Session for Joan Rice

Thank you to everyone who came to the Bush Hall it was a fantastic night. Thanks to The Mostar Diving Club for having us.  Here are some photographs by Dave Bagg of my performance with Dave Barbarossa.

Lettie and Dave Barbarossa at Bush Hall 5th June 2014

Lettie and Dave Barbarossa at Bush Hall 5th June 2014

Dave Barbarossa and Lettie at Bush Hall 5th June 2014

Dave Barbarossa and Lettie at Bush Hall 5th June 201

Lettie performing at Bush Hall on 5th June 2014

Lettie performing at Bush Hall on 5th June 2014

It was fantastic to play again!  My set up has been simplified out is the loop pedal and on with the matter in hand.

Films and Entertainment Photoplay July 1962 Isabel Corey

Films and Entertainment Photoplay July 1962 Isabel Corey

The trip to Milan was exhausting but fun. A big thank you to Geppi for being the host with the most. Having arrived on the very day I was performing without a single rehearsal was quite a prospect.  I had stayed the night before at the creepy Premier Inn.  I don’t care how many jolly leaflets of Lenny Henry there are, the eerie blue corridors stretch to eternity, a silent mausoleum the strange key cards that you get from a slot machine have to be swiped at every door.  God knows how you would get out if there was a fire at a Premier Inn.

Stansted Airport departure gate Friday 27th June 2014

Stansted Airport departure gate Friday 27th June 2014

Geppi very kindly provided all the gear so I had no issues at the airport (what a relief!) including the PA and we managed to do three tracks together at Santeria which we will release at some point. Geppi is a very talented musician (is a member of Casino Royale), engineer and producer. There’s no end to his talents.

Lettie performing with Geppi at Santeria 26th June 2014 photograph by Thomas Pololi

Lettie performing with Geppi at Santeria 26th June 2014 photograph by Thomas Pololi

Geppi and Lettie at Santeria 26 June 2014 photograpy by Thomas Pololi

Geppi and Lettie at Santeria 26 June 2014 photograpy by Thomas Pololi

After the gig we then did some photographs in a tunnel somewhere in Milan with a photographer called Thomas Pololi (I’m not sure where I was half the time) and even a video so it was a very productive two days for sure!

Lettie and Geppi in Milan by Thomas Pololi 27 February 2014

Lettie and Geppi in Milan by Thomas Pololi 27 February 2014

I then went to Bergamo for my last half day and collected some photographs and postcards for my collection.

Milano Scorcio dal Dumo e Campanie di S.Gottardo postcard to Silvana Bracchi Bergamo

Milano Scorcio dal Dumo e Campanie di S.Gottardo postcard to Silvana Bracchi Bergamo

Milan The Columns of St Lorenzo 3 September 1964 addressed to Silvia Maggi Bergamo

Milan The Columns of St Lorenzo 3 September 1964 addressed to Silvia Maggi Bergamo

 

Unknown photograph found in Bergamo bookshop

Unknown photograph found in Bergamo bookshop

Unknow photograph found in Bergamo 28 June 1962

Unknow photograph found in Bergamo 28 June 1962

 

Serie 106 postcard addressed to address in Bergamo 13 February 1960

Serie 106 postcard addressed to address in Bergamo 13 February 1960

Unknown photograph found in Bergamo

Unknown photograph found in Bergamo

This is the year of collaborations and it is difficult to explain all the different projects I have on the go.

Ediz Servizi Sociali Marzotto Rip Veitata Vera Fotographia date unknown

Ediz Servizi Sociali Marzotto Rip Veitata Vera Fotographia date unknown

Going back to Dave Barbarossa we are releasing a 3 track EP entitled ‘Crossroads’ on August 18th and we are supporting the legendary Lene Lovich and her band on 18th July at The Hill.   Thank you to my friend Jude Rawlins and Lene Lovich for organising it and having me and Dave to play.  The gig is sold out which is fantastic and Dave is playing on a couple of other tracks ‘Cocaine Lil’ and ‘Bitter’. In the meantime we are going to write more.

 

Lene Lovich born in Detroit moved to Hull..at 13 she ran away from home and worked selling hot-dogs, bingo caller...it was after signing with Stiff Records that success came her way hit singles have included Say When and Lucky Number

Lene Lovich born in Detroit moved to Hull..at 13 she ran away from home and worked selling hot-dogs, bingo caller…it was after signing with Stiff Records that success came her way hit singles have included Say When and Lucky Number

Whilst we were rehearsing last week I could not believe my eyes when I bumped into Zac Alford who was rehearsing with Hotei who is a phenomenal artist from Japan best known in this country for writing the main sequence on the Kill Bill soundtrack.

Postcard unmarked date unknown No 1649

Postcard unmarked date unknown No 1649

Not only was it odd to see Zac who is based in Woodstock in New York state but it was extremely strange that Dave was drumming for the first time on ‘Bitter’ which was one of the tracks Zac kindly played on for me on my last album produced and written with David Baron ‘Good Fortune, Bad Weather’. Last time I saw Zac I introduced him to Seb Rochford. From one great drummer to another to another! I am lucky to be acquainted with some many legendary ones!

Drawing from Autograph book belonging to Delys Nash 272a Blackhorse Lane Walthamstow E17 1925

Drawing from Autograph book belonging to Delys Nash 272a Blackhorse Lane Walthamstow E17 1925

My album project is with Mark Vernon and is currently half way through. The studio sadly has now gone due to the fact that David de la Garza had to return to Mexico so there was a mad dash for it round London to try and retrieve all the files before he left (very suddenly).

Message in Autograph book dated 1925

Message in Autograph book dated 1925

Page 2 of Autograph booked dated 1925

Page 2 of Autograph booked dated 1925

I am gutted about this studio going as we had many a happy recording session there, photographs I put up on my website for our label Unbeknown Records. Anyway, we will get there in the end.

So turning my head to other things Viv Albertine ‘s book (I have seen her perform quite a few times now) is fantastic. I couldn’t put it down.   I also saw the Eels and got a hug. I got a hug from an Eel. What more can you ask for!   What a great evening at the Royal Albert Hall. Last time I got a pair of the band’s shoes at Oxford O2 left outside the venue where the tour bus was and gave them to my brother. Whilst I haven’t got into the whole festival thing probably because I’m too broke, hate mud…look what happened at this festival where you could watch the Grateful Dead play for 6 hours…

The Bickershaw Festival Festival In Pictures three days of heavy rain turned £120,000 Bickershaw Pop Festival into the worlds most costly swamp from it magazine 18 May 1972

The Bickershaw Festival Festival In Pictures three days of heavy rain turned £120,000 Bickershaw Pop Festival into the worlds most costly swamp from it magazine 18 May 1972

I am looking forward to John Cale in the Autumn and various other things. I really enjoyed Dave’s band Cauldronated the other night along with a band I had never heard of ‘The Vultures’ who have a great song called ‘Cancer’. What a fantastic night that was! I also saw the beautiful Jova Radevska who is extraordinary.  Her tracks with Donnie Darko are doing really well and she performed ‘Time Will Tell’ acoustically.

Dear how are you you see I am very near where you were last year.  I am off to Leicester with my cousin tomorrow so thik of ma ta ta dear Ehtal (date unknown)

Dear how are you you see I am very near where you were last year. I am off to Leicester with my cousin tomorrow so thik of ma ta ta dear Ehtal (date unknown)

So me and Dave Barbarossa are releasing on August 18th 2014.  You can order your hand mastered copy from myself from my website for £6.50 which includes postage after that date.  It will of course be available on iTunes then.  I will be putting up videos soon.

All tracks were written with Dave Barbarossa and special instruments such as Moog, EMS Putney on ‘Crossroads’ were played by David Baron.  Thank you so much David.

Crossroads EP available to order from 18th July 2014 £5 to include assortment of postcards and other ephemera from Lettie's personal private collection

Crossroads EP available to order from 18th July 2014 £5 to include assortment of postcards and other ephemera from Lettie’s personal private collection

Anon postcard addressed to Signorumo Bergamo 1956

Anon postcard addressed to Signorumo Bergamo 1956

 

Can't read adressed to an address in Bergamo

Can’t read adressed to an address in Bergamo

Thank you very much for the presents you sent me.  I hope you are well.  Please give my kind regards to all the family at via verdi with love from Nellie Gillett addresed to The Misses R & E Traine, via Verdi 20, Bergamo Italy 1971

Thank you very much for the presents you sent me. I hope you are well. Please give my kind regards to all the family at via verdi with love from Nellie Gillett addresed to The Misses R & E Traine, via Verdi 20, Bergamo Italy 1971

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