on life, music etc beyond mainstream

2015 28 Aug

New Brighton, Merseyside

von: Ian McCartney Filed under: Blog | TB | 8 Comments

Welcome to New Brighton, says the metal mammal that looks like something out of a Russell Hoban novel.

Welcome to New Brighton. It looks fuck-all like it did in the Michael Head documentary from 1992, that’s for sure.

Turn up the colour volume and it could be 1973.

Here’s not really that far – as the crow flies – from Prestatyn, Rhyl, Llandudno or even Dublin. Your Celt aerial picks up no static here. This is somewhere.


It’s Immaterial (New Brighton)

The Strands (Loaded Man)

The Beatles (only kidding)

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  1. Michael Engelbrecht:

    In my life, from the Beatles, would be a fine choice, I think.

  2. Olaf:

    Ian, you must be the Hoban fan in the Manafonistas Group. Have a look at his site:

  3. Ian M:

    Olaf – these are fucking amazing. They really capture the vibe of Hoban-ness. There is an unmistakable Hoban vibe. I don’t know what it is but I know it *is*.

    I sent my copy of Kleinzeit to Hoban’s publisher to get it signed by him. They were happy to forward it to him but it never came back. About 2 or 3 years passed, then Hoban died. I wonder where my copy of Kleinzeit is now? Who knows? Fuck knows. I’m glad it never came back signed. Higher value would only serve to cheapen it.

    That metal mammal. I realise now it wanted to say more than just „Welcome to New Brighton“. It stands in the middle of a roundabout and is officially known as The Pierrot. I think it wanted to say „je ne suis pas un clown . j‘ suis un ours ou un voyageur de l’espace“ or „get me off this fucking roundabout“.

  4. Ian M:

    Michael – good choice. 1965 era.

  5. Olaf:

    Ian, glad that you like them. I’ve visited Russell in home several times and he was a friend and a kind of guru to me. With others I’ve helped him to connect to the internet audience in the early days of the internet. He recorded his poems The Dream of the Kraken for me and allowed me to use it in those animation:
    and Rivers in my Mind

  6. Ian M:

    Oddly, I’d never heard Russell Hoban’s voice before but it is exactly as I imagined it.

    Do you have more Hoban stories?

  7. Olaf:

    Ian, do you know about the SA4QE – The Slickman A4 Quotation Event?

    and the Russell Hoban Some-Poasyum?

  8. Ian M:

    I know the Some-Poasyum but not SA4QE, I will have a look. Cheers!

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