by Bracketpress in association with Tin Pot Productions
21 June 2015
AUSTRALIS BOX SET by daevid allen
A benefit for Planet
idea for this project was first mooted up at a System
7 / The Orb all-nighter in Manchester a couple of years
ago. Our friend, The Tin Man, had three pieces of work
with him that Daevid was keen to see published, and
after the work we did with him in 2011, wondered if
we would be up for it. Of course!
was great to have the opportunity to work with Daevid
on soundbites 4 tha reVelation 2012, and was another
one of those occasions where I ended up working with
someone who’s work I’d first come across over 30 years
ago when the Gong LPs Magick Brother and Floating Anarchy
1977 were being passed around the school yard.
on Error Australis began just as Daevid went off on
a tour of Japan with You Me & Us. After a lengthy
period of radio silence we heard Daevid had been diagnosed
with cancer, and was in hospital having intensive treatment.
never had the pleasure of actually meeting Daevid –
10,500 miles aside – we were away when he was in the
UK, but his funny playful emails were a joy.
are gutted that Daevid never got to see this box set
published – the book proofs were delivered to The Tin
Man on Friday 13th March, the day Daevid passed. Work
to complete the project continues, and will be a benefit
for Planet Gong to help them towards tying-up Daevid’s
extensive musical estate.
to 100 copies only, the box set will comprise of:
AUSTRALIS – ASTRAL ASIAN INVASION 2011”
Allen’s University of Errors Australian tour diary,
May 2011. Written in his idiosyncratic style, full of
humour and word play. Full-colour throughout, featuring
band photographs and those they met on their way.
page, square-format hardback
FOR STARTERS or AUSFART IN BONN”
poem concerning the consequences of having a broken
tour bus toilet while suffering a chronic attack of
the trots. Gong European Tour October 2009
pamphlet with coloured card cover and letterpress printed
– The Remarkable Story of The Pot Head Pixies”
published in 1966, before the formation of Gong, this
text features the first appearance of the Pot Head Pixies
who would become key characters in the Gong mythology.
The pixies are green with propellers on their heads,
and they fly around in teapots [© ireckon.com]. Pe-published
here for the first time in over four decades.
square format pamphlet, card cover. With reproduction
of Daevid’s 1966 PHP illustration.