That the 1970s were one helluva crazy ass time, becomes immediately obvious to anyone watching these videos by Gong. It’s hard to believe that such far-out performances were ever allowed on national television, much less that they garnered international success. What’s more, its hard to imagine anything like this going on national television these days. These four videos by Gong show the full creative madness of Gong wizard Daevid Allen, who passed away last year, an inspiring reality hacker, if there ever was one.
This is what his son Orlando Monday Allen wrote to upon Allen’s death.
“And so dada Ali, bert camembert, the dingo Virgin, divided alien and his other 12 selves prepare to pass up the oily way and back to the planet of love. And I rejoice and give thanks. Thanks to you dear dear daevid for introducing me to my family of magick brothers and mystic sisters, for revealing the mysteries, you were the master builder but now have made us all the master builders. As the eternal wheel turns we will continue your message of love and pass it around. We are all one, we are all gong. Rest well my friend, float off on our ocean of love. The gong vibration will forever sound and its vibration will always lift and enhance. You have left such a beautiful legacy and we will make sure it forever shines in our children and their children. Now is the happiest time of yr life. Blessed be”
DAEVID ALLEN, 1938-2015, RIP
Last one of the Guru Josh VHSes currently available. Sadly, VR4 and “Lost in Silly Space” have not been uploaded to the web.
The second release in the series of Guru Josh’s cyberdelic VHSes.
Music and video production from the late Guru Josh.
In his own words:
I thought, why not mix computer graphics to music and sell them as a visual album. There was no market. Woolworth’s and HMV said if you sell 2 thousand that’s good. Visual videos do not sell.
Despite no market I believed this was the next big thing and put my money, over 150 grand into digital video equipment, computers. I took 15 unemployed computer kids on the street, converted the 2nd and third floor of a building into visual design studios and spent the next 9 Months creating a 50 min video called Dr devious and the Wisemen, VR Dance in cyberspace, I was DR Devious but no one knew, the only hint was the company, GJ productions.
That video sold 220,000 copies and set a world trend. Dr Devious was the coolest character in the world, and no one knew who he was.
Nature. Dance. Naturedance. Beauty in motion. Camellia Nieh in another beautiful psychedelic reflection on dance and nature.
She also gives a beautiful quote from Sufi mystic master Rumi.
Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing
and rightdoing there is a field.
I’ll meet you there.
When the soul lies down in that grass
the world is too full to talk about.
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