We who were raging in the late sixties & early seventies. Gilli SMYTH.
We who were raging in the late sixties & early seventies.
We who were raging in the late sixties & early seventies.

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We who were raging in the late sixties & early seventies.

Abbotsford, Vic: Fling Poetry, 1987. First edition, limited to 100 numbered copies. Stapled A5 booklet (12pp.), printing a single poem. SIGNED and inscribed by the author to her closest friend, Lady June: "June - deah! Remember all this? Love Gilli". Accompanied by a contemporary 2pp. typed letter signed to Lady June, with six lines in holograph ink and several corrections.


Smyth co-founded Gong in 1967 with her partner, Daevid Allen, and subsequently formed an offshoot band, Mother Gong. Lady June (June Campbell Cramer) met Daevid Allen and Gilli Smyth in the early 1960s in Palma, Majorca, and later moved to Deià, where she worked as a painter and poet and hung out with Robert Graves. In the late sixties she moved to a flat in Maida Vale, north London, where her role as landlady to many musicians, combined with her aristocratic voice, earned her the honorary title of 'Lady'. She hosted many parties, including the infamous birthday party held for Gilli Smyth in June 1973 during which Robert Wyatt broke his back after falling from a third floor window.


June returned to Deià in 1975, though retained the London flat, and Smyth refers to her imminent vacation of it in her letter to her: "I am sure you will find it a relief not to have the worry of tenants." Smyth moved to Australia in 1982, and her letter makes several references to Daevid Allen, also by then living in Australia and with whom she continued to work, as well as Smyth's second husband, Harry Williamson (and their "performances together every so often which works really well voice and synthesiser and much easier than with a band"). She also explains the origins of her poetry booklet: "I was simply doing this poem at a pub reading when the 'fling press' publisher leapt up enthusiastically and insisted on bringing out the poem, which didn't cost me a cent so that was good as I'd sort of given up on publishing since a long time, cassettes or albums get to so many more people."


Booklet staples slightly rusted, o/w Very Good; letter folded twice. Provenance: Lady June.

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