18 FEB 1975
I was in Dominica between Led Zeppelin tours

I went to Dominica between Led Zeppelin tours to meet up with beat poet Royston Ellis who was residing and writing in a building catering as a cricket pavilion, rum bar and living quarters in Mero outside the capital Roseau.
Dominica’s rum could be had straight up, with juices or with herb infusions. One of these brews was called Nani, another was called l’absinthe, with wormwood. I guess this was a follow through from the old French colonial rule and the penchant for absinthe. I have fond memories of the local ‘joy juice’.

18 FEB 1975

I was in Dominica between Led Zeppelin tours

I went to Dominica between Led Zeppelin tours to meet up with beat poet Royston Ellis who was residing and writing in a building catering as a cricket pavilion, rum bar and living quarters in Mero outside the capital Roseau.

Dominica’s rum could be had straight up, with juices or with herb infusions. One of these brews was called Nani, another was called l’absinthe, with wormwood. I guess this was a follow through from the old French colonial rule and the penchant for absinthe. I have fond memories of the local ‘joy juice’.

18 February 1975

18 February 1975

ON THIS DAY… 21 JUL 1961

I PLAYED THE MERMAID THEATRE, ACCOMPANYING ROYSTON ELLIS

On this day in 1961, the poetry at The Mermaid Festival was fully underway in London, with readings by William Empson, Louis MacNiece, Sir Ralph Richardson and Dame Flora Robson.

I appeared on electric guitar with Royston Ellis, a British beat poet/beatnik with a fusion of poetry and music and this was quite unique set amongst the other poetry readings. Royston had visited a number of Neil Christian and The Crusader’s gigs and alluded to the lifestyle in the first chapter of his book The Big Beat Scene, published the same year.

He also hung out with The Silver Beetles in Liverpool, pre- Hamburg.

'JET BLACK' BY NEIL CHRISTIAN AND THE CRUSADERS CIRCA 1960.

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ON THIS DAY… 21 JUL 1961

I PLAYED THE MERMAID THEATRE, ACCOMPANYING ROYSTON ELLIS

On this day in 1961, the poetry at The Mermaid Festival was fully underway in London, with readings by William Empson, Louis MacNiece, Sir Ralph Richardson and Dame Flora Robson.

I appeared on electric guitar with Royston Ellis, a British beat poet/beatnik with a fusion of poetry and music and this was quite unique set amongst the other poetry readings. Royston had visited a number of Neil Christian and The Crusader’s gigs and alluded to the lifestyle in the first chapter of his book The Big Beat Scene, published the same year.

He also hung out with The Silver Beetles in Liverpool, pre- Hamburg.

'JET BLACK' BY NEIL CHRISTIAN AND THE CRUSADERS CIRCA 1960.

21 July 1961

21 July 1961

18 FEB 1975
I was in Dominica between Led Zeppelin tours

I went to Dominica between Led Zeppelin tours to meet up with beat poet Royston Ellis who was residing and writing in a building catering as a cricket pavilion, rum bar and living quarters in Mero outside the capital Roseau.
Dominica’s rum could be had straight up, with juices or with herb infusions. One of these brews was called Nani, another was called l’absinthe, with wormwood. I guess this was a follow through from the old French colonial rule and the penchant for absinthe. I have fond memories of the local ‘joy juice’.

18 FEB 1975

I was in Dominica between Led Zeppelin tours

I went to Dominica between Led Zeppelin tours to meet up with beat poet Royston Ellis who was residing and writing in a building catering as a cricket pavilion, rum bar and living quarters in Mero outside the capital Roseau.

Dominica’s rum could be had straight up, with juices or with herb infusions. One of these brews was called Nani, another was called l’absinthe, with wormwood. I guess this was a follow through from the old French colonial rule and the penchant for absinthe. I have fond memories of the local ‘joy juice’.

18 February 1975

18 February 1975

21 JULY 1961

I PLAYED THE MERMAID THEATRE, ACCOMPANYING ROYSTON ELLIS

On this day in 1961, the poetry at The Mermaid Festival was fully underway in London, with readings by William Empson, Louis MacNiece, Sir Ralph Richardson and Dame Flora Robson.

I appeared on electric guitar with Royston Ellis, a British beat poet/beatnik with a fusion of poetry and music and this was quite unique set amongst the other poetry readings. Royston had visited a number of Neil Christian and The Crusader’s gigs and alluded to the lifestyle in the first chapter of his book The Big Beat Scene, published the same year.

He also hung out with The Silver Beetles in Liverpool, pre- Hamburg.

Image 1: Page background

Image 2: Cover of original souvenir programme

Image 3: Back cover of original souvenir programme

Image 4: Royston Ellis

Image 5: Entrance to the Mermaid Theatre

21 JULY 1961
I PLAYED THE MERMAID THEATRE, ACCOMPANYING ROYSTON ELLIS

On this day in 1961, the poetry at The Mermaid Festival was fully underway in London, with readings by William Empson, Louis MacNiece, Sir Ralph Richardson and Dame Flora Robson.
I appeared on electric guitar with Royston Ellis, a British beat poet/beatnik with a fusion of poetry and music and this was quite unique set amongst the other poetry readings. Royston had visited a number of Neil Christian and The Crusader’s gigs and alluded to the lifestyle in the first chapter of his book The Big Beat Scene, published the same year.
He also hung out with The Silver Beetles in Liverpool, pre- Hamburg.

21 JULY 1961

I PLAYED THE MERMAID THEATRE, ACCOMPANYING ROYSTON ELLIS

On this day in 1961, the poetry at The Mermaid Festival was fully underway in London, with readings by William Empson, Louis MacNiece, Sir Ralph Richardson and Dame Flora Robson.

I appeared on electric guitar with Royston Ellis, a British beat poet/beatnik with a fusion of poetry and music and this was quite unique set amongst the other poetry readings. Royston had visited a number of Neil Christian and The Crusader’s gigs and alluded to the lifestyle in the first chapter of his book The Big Beat Scene, published the same year.

He also hung out with The Silver Beetles in Liverpool, pre- Hamburg.

21 July 1961

21 July 1961