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  • Audiological Transmission #34/​​52​​: She Rocola – Burn The Witch

    She Rocola-Burn The Witch-Molly Leigh Of The Mother Town-Day Edition-front of booklet-A Year In The CountryRevisitation #5.

    Now, we have something of a soft spot for this here track and its companion.

    In amongst the A Year In The Country releases it may well be a turning down more overtly folk horror (or should that be folk noir, more of which in a moment?) pathways, accompanied by the phantasmagorical remembering of childhood rhymes to be found in Molly Leigh, which is inspired by Ms Rocola’s…

    “…personal folklore and that of her home town; childhood experiences of chasing her playmates around Molly Leigh’s grave and the rhymes which accompanied such games. It is an audiological conjuring of hazy, sleepy small-hours memories and dreams from those times.

    Transmissions sent, received, transmitted: the single garnered some rather fine considerations and scribing, a pairing of which are below:

    She Rocola conjures one the most bewitching releases of the last few months… Burn The Witch” begins with urgent stabs and wails of violin and an immediate sense of foreboding. Rocola intones the witches’ fate, vocal harmonies layering ghostlike amidst the baroque setting, her voice endlessly repeating “make her leave my mind”… a subtle but powerful spell. Inspired by “childhood memories and by formative viewings of late-night folk-horror films from in front of and behind the sofa” this is a hallucinatory and haunting piece of folk noir.

    “Second track “Molly Leigh Of The Mother Town” is a music box filled shimmer of dread, acoustic guitars casting spectral shadows under the repeated nursery rhyme mantra of the verse. The voice of the witch speaks, intertwining with the sounds of the children’s twisted game. It is both utterly unique and completely hypnotic; this is gothic folk like you have never heard before.

    By Grey Malkin (of The Hare And The Moon) at The Active Listener.

    She Rocola-Burn The Witch-revisiting-artwork-A Year In The Country

    … few 45s of the last couple of years can catch up with this one… Molly Leigh Of The Mother Town” is the kind of nursery rhyme you never learned at your mother’s knee, but which buried itself in your memory regardless, to peer out of the soil whhile you’re hopscotching past, and wrap bony fingers round your ankle; “Burn the Witch” is freakish fiddles (by Andrea Fiorito) that scratch behind She’s icy vocal and spectral harmonies, a Hammer film condensed to two minutes of sound and effects.

    By Dave Thompson (author of many a tome or two or hundred or so) at Goldmine.

     

    Burn The Witch wanderings around these parts:She Rocola-Burn The Witch-Ellen Terry beetlewing dress-Zoe Lloyd-Mrs Nettleship-A Year In The Country
    Day #39/365: Burn The Witch by Ms She Rocola, a stately repose amongst the corn rigs and Victorian light catching

    The Victorian light catching in question is the photograph of Ms Rocola that accompanied the release, by Zoe Lloyd:

    a stately repose amongst the rural landscape and corn rigs, a folkloric meandering through the textures of Sarah Moon and Deborah Turbeville (this particular entrancing of the soul was created using light catching techniques from previous eras – traditional wet plate to be more precise)...

    She Rocola-Burn The Witch-all versions-revisiting-A Year In The Country
    Night, Day, Arising, Owl Light and Dawn encasements:

    Day #273/365: Artifact #39/52; She Rocola Burn The Witch / Molly Leigh Of The Mother town CD released – Night / Day Editions

    Day #280/365: Artifact #40/52; She Rocola Burn The Witch / Molly Leigh Of The Mother Town; The Arising Edition – archival print and 3″ CD released

    Day #304/365: Artifact #43/52; She Rocola Burn The Witch / Molly Leigh Of The Mother Town CDs released – Owl Light / Dawn Editions

     

    Burn The Witch (2014):
    Words; She Rocola. Music: Andrea Fiorito. Vocals: She Rocola. Violin: Andrea Fiorito.

    Recorded and produced by Joe Whitney and Andrea Fiorito.

    Elsewhere in the ether: She Rocola. Mr Whitney.

     

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  • Day #304/365: Artifact #43/52; She Rocola Burn The Witch / Molly Leigh Of The Mother Town CDs released – Owl Light / Dawn Editions

    She Rocola Burn The Witch / Molly Leigh Of The Mother town CD.
    Owl Light Edition £6.00.  Dawn edition £8.00.
    She Rocola-Molly Leigh Of The Mother Town-Dawn Edition-A Year In The Country-Owl Light and Dawn Editions
    Audiological Research and Pathways; Case #5.
    Audiological contents: Burn The Witch (2.20) / Molly Leigh Of The Mother Town (2.41).

    Available via our: Artifacts ShopDiscogs Audiological Archive and our Bandcamp Ether Victrola.
    Prices include free UK shipping. Normally ships within 7-14 days.

     

    The song Molly Leigh Of The Mother Town draws from Ms She Rocola’s own personal folklore and that of her home town; childhood experiences of chasing her playmates around Molly Leigh’s grave and the rhymes which accompanied such games. It is an audiological conjuring of hazy, sleepy small-hours memories and dreams from those times.

    Burn The Witch’s story is interconnected with those childhood memories and is in part inspired by formative viewings of late-night folk-horror films from in front of and behind the sofa.

    Here at A Year In The Country, we are proud to be able to send these stories out into the world.

    The story and mythology of Molly Leigh can be investigated further here.

     

    Owl Light Edition. Limited to 52 copies. £6.00.
    3″ mini-CDr in see-through wallet sleeve.
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    Custom printed and hand-finished by A Year In The Country.
    Printed using archival Giclée pigment ink.
    Includes two card inserts in see-through plastic wallet.
    Back of the credit insert is hand numbered.

     

    Dawn Edition. Limited to 52 copies. £8.00.
    Hand-finished white/black CDr album in textured recycled fold out sleeve with insert and badge.
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    She Rocola-Molly Leigh Of The Mother Town-Dawn Edition-A Year In The Country-back cover
    Artwork custom printed by A Year In The Country using archival Giclée pigment ink.
    Includes 25mm/1″ badge, secured with removable glue on a tag which is string bound to the sleeve.
    Back of the insert is hand numbered.

     

    Credits:

    Burn The Witch (2014)
    Words: She Rocola. Music: Andrea Fiorito.
    Vocals: She Rocola. Violin: Andrea Fiorito.
    Recorded and produced by Joe Whitney and Andrea Fiorito.

    Molly Leigh Of The Mother Town (2014)
    Words: She Rocola. Music: She Rocola/Joe Whitney.
    Vocals & Guitar: She Rocola. Bass & Toy Piano: Joe Whitney.
    Recorded and produced by Joe Whitney.

    www.soundcloud.com/sherocola

    www.flytowhitneysmoon.com

    Artwork and packaging design by AYITC Ocular Signals Department.

     

    She Rocola-Ellen Terry beetlewing dress-Zoe Lloyd-Mrs Nettleship-A Year In The CountryVictorian wet-plate photograph of She Rocola by Zoe LLoyd.

    Ms She Rocola’s dress is inspired by a beetle wing dress made for Ellen Terry in the 19th century. The dress was originally designed and made by Mrs Nettleship…

    The intention was to make the original dress “…look as much like soft chain armour as I could and yet have something that would give the appearance of the scales of a serpent… (it is) sewn all over with real green beetle wings, and a narrow border in Celtic designs, worked out in rubies and diamonds“.

    More details via the Victoria and Albert Museum here and via electronic printed matter here.

    www.zoelloyd.co.uk

     

    Available via our: Artifacts ShopDiscogs Audiological Archive and our Bandcamp Ether Victrola.

    Prices include free UK shipping. Normally ships within 7-14 days.

     

    Preview Burn The Witch / Molly Leigh Of The Mother Town below.

     

    She Rocola-Burn The Witch-Molly Leigh Of The Mother Town-Night Edition-box set-A Year In The CountryShe Rocola-Burn The Witch-Molly Leigh Of The Mother Town-Day Edition-front of booklet-A Year In The Country 

    She Rocola-Burn The Witch-Molly Leigh Of The Mother Town-The Arising Edition-print and front of CD-A Year In The CountryAlso available as a limited box set Night Edition, string bound booklet Day Edition and The Arising Edition archival print and 3″ CD.

    Visit those at Day #272/365 and Day #279/365.

     

    Previous wandering amongst the corn rigs and Victorian light catching with Ms She Rocola at Day #39/365 of A Year In The Country.

     

    The full current library of the A Year In The Country Audiological Research and Pathways series:

    Case Study #1: Grey Frequency: Immersion
    Case Study #2: Hand of Stabs: Black-Veined White
    Case Study #3: Michael Tanner: Nine of Swords
    Case Study #4: United Bible Studies: Doineann
    Case Study #5: She Rocola: Burn The Witch / Molly Leigh Of The Mother Town

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  • Day #280/365: Artifact #40/52; She Rocola Burn The Witch / Molly Leigh Of The Mother Town; The Arising Edition – archival print and 3″ CD released

    She Rocola Burn The Witch / Molly Leigh Of The Mother Town. The Arising Edition.
    Archival print and 3″ CD. £28.00. 
    Limited edition of 52.

    She Rocola-Burn The Witch-Molly Leigh Of The Mother Town-The Arising Edition-print and front of CD-A Year In The Country

    Audiological Research and Pathways; Case #5.
    Audiological contents: Burn The Witch (2.20) / Molly Leigh Of The Mother Town (2.41).

    Printed and hand-finished by A Year In The Country.
    Available via our: Artifacts ShopDiscogs Audiological Archive and our Bandcamp Ether Victrola.

    Free UK shipping. Normally ships in 7-14 days.

    She Rocola-Burn The Witch-Molly Leigh Of The Mother Town-The Arising Edition-scroll and CD-A Year In The Country

    She Rocola-Burn The Witch-Molly Leigh Of The Mother Town-The Arising Edition-print-A Year In The Country

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    She Rocola-Burn The Witch-Molly Leigh Of The Mother Town-The Arising Edition-back of CD insert-A Year In The Country

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    The print features an extended version of the Burn The Witch / Molly Leigh Of The Mother Town cover artwork.

    Print size: A3; 42 x 29.7cm / 16.5 x 11.7 inches (includes 1.5cm / 0.6 inch border).

    Printed on textured fine art cotton rag paper using true black archival Giclée pigment inks (museum/gallery quality inks – resistant to fading for 75+ years).

    Hand numbered and signed by the AYITC Ocular Signals Department.

    Shipped string bound.

     

    3″/8cm 2-track white-topped mini CDr, includes the songs Burn The Witch and Molly Leigh Of The Mother Town.

    CD insert is hand numbered and signed by She Rocola.

    Insert is printed on textured fine art cotton rag paper using true black archival Giclée pigment inks.

     

    Credits:

    Burn The Witch (2014)
    Words: She Rocola.
    Music: Andrea Fiorito.
    Vocals: She Rocola.
    Violin: Andrea Fiorito.
    Recorded and produced by Joe Whitney and Andrea Fiorito.

    Molly Leigh Of The Mother Town (2014)
    Words: She Rocola.
    Music: She Rocola/Joe Whitney.
    Vocals & Guitar: She Rocola.
    Bass & Toy Piano: Joe Whitney.
    Recorded and produced by Joe Whitney.

    www.soundcloud.com/sherocola

    www.flytowhitneysmoon.com

    Artwork and packaging design by AYITC Ocular Signals Department.

     

    She Rocola-Ellen Terry beetlewing dress-Zoe Lloyd-Mrs Nettleship-A Year In The CountryVictorian wet-plate photograph of She Rocola by Zoe LLoyd.

    Ms She Rocola’s dress is inspired by a beetle wing dress made for Ellen Terry in the 19th century. The dress was originally designed and made by Mrs Nettleship…

    The intention was to make the original dress “…look as much like soft chain armour as I could and yet have something that would give the appearance of the scales of a serpent… (it is) sewn all over with real green beetle wings, and a narrow border in Celtic designs, worked out in rubies and diamonds“.

    More details via the Victoria and Albert Museum here and via electronic printed matter here.

    www.zoelloyd.co.uk

     

    The song Molly Leigh Of The Mother Town draws from Ms She Rocola’s own personal folklore and that of her home town; childhood experiences of chasing her playmates around Molly Leigh’s grave and the rhymes which accompanied such games. It is an audiological conjuring of hazy, sleepy small-hours memories and dreams from those times.

    Burn The Witch’s story is interconnected with those childhood memories and is in part inspired by formative viewings of late-night folk-horror films from in front of and behind the sofa.

    Here at A Year In The Country, we are proud to be able to send these stories out into the world.

    The story and mythology of Molly Leigh can be investigated further here.

     

    Available via our: Artifacts ShopDiscogs Audiological Archive and our Bandcamp Ether Victrola.

    Price include free UK shipping. Normally ships within 7-14 days.

     

    Preview Burn The Witch / Molly Leigh Of The Mother Town below:

     

    She Rocola-Burn The Witch-Molly Leigh Of The Mother Town-Night Edition-box set-A Year In The CountryShe Rocola-Burn The Witch-Molly Leigh Of The Mother Town-Day Edition-front of booklet-A Year In The Country

    Also available as a limited box set Night Edition and string bound booklet Day Edition (see above).
    Visit those at Day #272/365.

     

    Previous wandering amongst the corn rigs and Victorian light catching with Ms She Rocola at
    Day #39/365 of A Year In The Country.

     

    The full current library of the A Year In The Country Audiological Research and Pathways series:

    Case Study #1: Grey Frequency: Immersion
    Case Study #2: Hand of Stabs: Black-Veined White
    Case Study #3: Michael Tanner: Nine of Swords
    Case Study #4: United Bible Studies: Doineann
    Case Study #5: She Rocola: Burn The Witch / Molly Leigh Of The Mother Town

    Grey Frequency-Immersion-Night Edition-A Year In The Country-2Hand of Stabs-Black-Veined White-Night Edition-boxset-A Year In The CountryMichael Tanner-Nine Of Swords-Night Edition-box set-A Year In The Country

     

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  • Day #273/365: Artifact #39/52; She Rocola Burn The Witch / Molly Leigh Of The Mother town CD released – Night / Day Editions

    She Rocola Burn The Witch / Molly Leigh Of The Mother town CD.
    Night Edition £22.00.  Day edition £15.00.

    She Rocola-Burn The Witch-Molly Leigh Of The Mother Town-Night and Day Editions side by side-A Year In The CountryAudiological Research and Pathways; Case #5.
    Audiological contents: Burn The Witch (2.20) / Molly Leigh Of The Mother Town (2.41).

    Hand-finished albums available via our: Artifacts ShopDiscogs Audiological Archive and our Bandcamp Ether Victrola.

     

    Night Edition: Limited to 52 copies. £22.00.

    Hand finished box-set contains: album on all black CDr, 12 page string bound booklet, 4 x 25mm badge pack, 3 x vinyl style waterproof stickers.

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    Top of CDr.                                                            Bottom of CDr.

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    Night edition details:

    1) Booklet/cover art custom printed using archival Giclée pigment ink.

    2) Contained in a matchbox style sliding two-part rigid matt card box.

    3) Printed box cover print.

    4) Fully black CDr (black on top, black on playable side).

    5) Black string bound 12.8cm x 12.8cm booklet:
    a) Hand numbered and signed
    b) Hand bone creased cover.
    c) 12 pages (6 sides printed).
    d) Front and rear covers are printed on 310gsm textured fine art cotton rag paper.
    e) Two inner sheets are printed on 245gsm paper.
    f) Two inner sheets are printed on semi-transparent 110gsm vellum paper.

    6) 4 x 25mm/1″ badge set, contained in a see-through polythene bag with a folded card header.

    7) 3 x vinyl style waterproof stickers: 9.5 x 6.8cm, 7.2 x 6.8cm, 2.9 x 2.6cm.

     

    Day Edition: Limited to 52 copies. £15.00.

    White/black CDr album in 10 page string bound booklet packaging.
    She Rocola-Burn The Witch-Molly Leigh Of The Mother Town-Day Edition-front of booklet-A Year In The Country
    She Rocola-Burn The Witch-Molly Leigh Of The Mother Town-Day Edition-Zoe Lloyd photograph with vellum overlay-A Year In The CountryShe Rocola-Burn The Witch-Molly Leigh Of The Mother Town-Day Edition-Zoe Lloyd photograph-A Year In The CountryShe Rocola-Burn The Witch-Molly Leigh Of The Mother Town-Day Edition-top and bottom of CDr-A Year In The Country
    Top of CDr.                                                         Bottom of CDr.

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    Day Edition Details:

    1) Booklet custom printed using archival Giclée pigment ink.

    2) Wrapped in wax sealed, hand stamped black tissue paper.

    3) White/black CDr (white on top, black on playable side).

    4) Jute string bound 14.4cm x 13.2cm booklet:

    a) Hand bone creased cover.
    b) 10 pages (5 sides printed);
    c) Front and rear covers are printed on 310gsm textured fine art cotton rag paper.
    d) Two inner sheets are printed on 245gsm paper.
    e) One inner sheet is printed on semi-transparent 110gsm vellum paper.
    h) Hand numbered and signed.

    5) CDr held in protective fleece-lined sleeve.

     

    Credits:

    Burn The Witch (2014)
    Words: She Rocola.
    Music: Andrea Fiorito.
    Vocals: She Rocola.
    Violin: Andrea Fiorito.
    Recorded and produced by Joe Whitney and Andrea Fiorito.

    Molly Leigh Of The Mother Town (2014)
    Words: She Rocola.
    Music: She Rocola/Joe Whitney.
    Vocals & Guitar: She Rocola.
    Bass & Toy Piano: Joe Whitney.
    Recorded and produced by Joe Whitney.

    www.soundcloud.com/sherocola

    www.flytowhitneysmoon.com

    Artwork and packaging design by AYITC Ocular Signals Department.

     

    She Rocola-Ellen Terry beetlewing dress-Zoe Lloyd-Mrs Nettleship-A Year In The CountryVictorian wet-plate photograph of She Rocola by Zoe LLoyd.

    Ms She Rocola’s dress is inspired by a beetle wing dress made for Ellen Terry in the 19th century. The dress was originally designed and made by Mrs Nettleship…

    The intention was to make the original dress “…look as much like soft chain armour as I could and yet have something that would give the appearance of the scales of a serpent… (it is) sewn all over with real green beetle wings, and a narrow border in Celtic designs, worked out in rubies and diamonds“.

    More details via the Victoria and Albert Museum here and via electronic printed matter here.

    www.zoelloyd.co.uk

     

    The song Molly Leigh Of The Mother Town draws from Ms She Rocola’s own personal folklore and that of her home town; childhood experiences of chasing her playmates around Molly Leigh’s grave and the rhymes which accompanied such games. It is an audiological conjuring of hazy, sleepy small-hours memories and dreams from those times.

    Burn The Witch’s story is interconnected with those childhood memories and is in part inspired by formative viewings of late-night folk-horror films from in front of and behind the sofa.

    Here at A Year In The Country, we are proud to be able to send these stories out into the world.

    The story and mythology of Molly Leigh can be investigated further here.

     

    Available via our: Artifacts ShopDiscogs Audiological Archive and our Bandcamp Ether Victrola.

    Prices include free UK shipping. Normally ships within 7-14 days.

     

    Preview Burn The Witch / Molly Leigh Of The Mother Town below.

     

    Previous wandering amongst the corn rigs and Victorian light catching with Ms She Rocola at
    Day #39/365 of A Year In The Country.

     

    The full current library of the A Year In The Country Audiological Research and Pathways series:

    Case Study #1: Grey Frequency: Immersion
    Case Study #2: Hand of Stabs: Black-Veined White
    Case Study #3: Michael Tanner: Nine of Swords
    Case Study #4: United Bible Studies: Doineann
    Case Study #5: She Rocola: Burn The Witch / Molly Leigh Of The Mother Town

    Grey Frequency-Immersion-Night Edition-A Year In The Country-2Hand of Stabs-Black-Veined White-Night Edition-boxset-A Year In The CountryMichael Tanner-Nine Of Swords-Night Edition-box set-A Year In The Country

     

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  • Day #39/365: Burn The Witch by Ms She Rocola, a stately repose amongst the corn rigs and Victorian light catching

    She Rocola-Burn The Witch-Zoe Lloyd-A Year In The CountryFile under:
    Trails and Influences: Electronic Ether. Case #3/52.

    And while we’re on the subject of folk horror (see Day #37/365 at A Year In The Country)…

    This is a song by a good friend and sometimes creative compadre Ms She Rocola (and her compatriots in sound).

    She sent me a link to it a while ago and it stuck in my mind like billy-o… it’s all glacial presentation, jade eyed jealousy and enchantment, slightly unsettling violins and a wandering off into the lost lives of the Pendle trials.

    Listen to the song here.

    It’s also accompanied by a rather fine photograph by Zoe Lloyd;  a stately repose amongst the rural landscape and corn rigs, a folkloric meandering through the textures of Sarah Moon and Deborah Turbeville (this particular entrancing of the soul was created using light catching techniques from previous eras – traditional wet plate to be more precise).

    View more here.

    Track credits:
    Music by Andrea Fiorito, Words by She Rocola.
    Violin: Andrea Fiorito, Vocals: She Rocola.
    Recorded by Andrea Fiorito & Joe Whitney 2013

     

    A hop and a skip to the future:

    Burn The Witch has been released as on a limited edition CD by A Year In The Country as part of our Audiological Case Studies series. View that at Day #272/365.

    She Rocola-Burn The Witch-Molly Leigh Of The Mother Town-Night Edition-box set-A Year In The Country

    She Rocola-Burn The Witch-Molly Leigh Of The Mother Town-Day Edition-Zoe Lloyd photograph-A Year In The Country

     

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  • Folk Horror Roots – From But a Few Seedlings Did a Great Forest Grow: Chapter 6 Book Images

    The Wicker Man-Witchfinder General-folk horror films

    The Wicker Man-1973-film still-villagers

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    “Folk horror is a loosely defined genre of fictional works which create an alternative, flipside view of the landscape and pastoralism; these works draw from and/or are frequently set in the landscape, creating unsettled and unsettling tales, in contrast to more bucolic representations of the countryside as a place of calm and restful escape.

    They may tell stories of the patterns underneath the plough, may include elements of a more hauntological nature rather than being purely rurally based and can take in the hidden, layered histories and atmospheres within places.

    There is often a sense of their inhabitants living in, or becoming isolated from, the wider world, allowing moral beliefs to become untethered from the dominant norms and allowing the space for ritualistic, occult, supernatural or preternatural events, actions and consequences to occur.

    As a phrase, “folk horror” conjures images of a trio of British films released between 1968 and 1973; Witchfinder General (1968), The Blood on Satan’s Claw (1971) and The Wicker Man (1973).

    Looking back today such films could be seen as a result or offshoot of there being, at the time of their production, a growing interest in folk music and culture, which was accompanied by a romantic sense of wishing to return to and embrace simpler and more natural or rural ways of living.

    However rather than being an expression of such inclinations and idyllic bucolia, folk horror’s often bleak nihilistic nature and stories seem to be more an expression of the souring of related dreams and yearnings: a rural/folk reflected curdling of 1960s utopian optimism as it entered the 1970s.”

    Barbara Steele-Curse Of The Crimson Altar-A Year In The Country 19

    Curse of The Crimson Altar-for one night only

    “…both Witchfinder General and The Blood on Satan’s Claw featured Tony Tenser as their executive producer… films which could be seen to have their roots and onscreen expression in both the more art inclinations of their directors (Michael Reeves and Piers Haggard respectively) and the exploitation aspects of their producer Tony Tenser.

    Although over time critical appreciation has tended to tip more towards the art side of things, without both sides of this coin one could debate whether these films would have existed or have come to be such resonant cultural artifacts…

    Tony Tenser, with his exploitation sensibilities, seems to have been partly responsible for a considerable portion of the late 1960s/early 1970s arrival of folk horror as he was also executive producer on Curse of the Crimson Altar (1968), which deals with some of the themes of folk horror (a rural setting, connections to the old beliefs and magic).

    This film is particularly memorable in its conjuring up of phantasmagorical occult scenes, which are made all the more striking by a film-stealing Barbara Steele as Lavina Morley, Black Witch of Greymarsh, who is dressed in striking, opulent and almost surreal folkloric garb, including a behorned headdress.

    She serves as mistress of the film’s woozily transgressive dreamlike ritual ceremonies, helping create almost a film within a film…”

    Black Sunday-film-Mario Bava-Barbara Steele

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    “The late 1960s to around the mid 1970s was the main era for the production of the initial, classic examples of film and television that have come to be known as folk horror.

    However, in terms of cinematic forebears, around 1960 there was a small grouping of horror and/or supernatural films which could be seen as being part of a lineage that would one day become or bring about what is known as folk horror.

    These include Mario Bava’s Black Sunday from 1960, also starring Barbara Steele, Jack Clayton’s The Innocents from 1961 and Roger Vadim’s Et Mourir De Plaisir (or Blood and Roses to use its American title) from 1960.

    Their tone and expression varies from the classic black and white gothic and grotesque horror of Black Sunday to the almost decadent aristocratic Technicolor sensuality of Et Mourir de Plaisir via the repressed supernatural hauntings amongst the reeds and willows of the British countryside in The Innocents.”

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    “On British television a number of series and plays were produced around a roughly similar period to The Wicker Man, The Blood on Satan’s Claw and Witchfinder General, which could to varying degrees be connected to the phrase folk horror.

    Such programmes could include the work of Nigel Kneale such as the pre-hauntological investigations of The Stone Tape (1972) and the nature terrors and conflicts of The Beasts (1976) and other notable series including the made-for-children but curiously disquieting likes of The Owl Service (1968) and Children of the Stones (1977).

    Alongside which the BBC’s Ghost Stories for Christmas, which often adapted M.R. James fiction, such as Whistle and I’ll Come to You (1968), The Ash Tree (1975) and Play for Today broadcasts including Robin Redbreast (1970) and Penda’s Fen (1974), contain many of the themes of folk horror; landscape-set tales of the supernatural, the persecution of those who practice the old ways, the flipside and undercurrents of the land/history, rural isolation and sacrifice.

    You could also cast the net wider and include the Czech New Wave fantasia of Valerie and her Week of Wonders (1970) and the high-fashion fairytale-gone-rotten in the woods of Italian-made Queens of Evil (1970).”

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    “When A Year In The Country began in 2014, now-disappeared websites such as Folk Horror Review, which intermittently posted about such films and television as those mentioned above, felt like still fairly off the beaten track places: a wandering through the briars and undergrowth of a not overly harvested eldritch rural cultural landscape. This has changed somewhat in recent years.

    While not quite yet an overtly mainstream genre name, as an example of how embedded folk horror has become as a descriptive phrase and cultural strand, if you should type it into a search engine then many millions of results will be returned.

    Alongside which, a focal point of interest such as the website and social media group Folk Horror Revival has an online following which at the point of writing numbered in five figures, and in 2016 hosted its Otherworldly event at The British Museum.

    Folk horror has also become a legitimate area of academic research as shown by conferences/events such as The Alchemical Landscape and A Fiend in the Furrows, which have concentrated on associated areas of study, accompanied by screenings of related film and television.”

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    “In wider culture elements and influences of folk horror can be found in a number of areas and projects.

    This is particularly so within music, including the sometimes Midwich-ian or Nigel Kneale-esque parallel worlds of Ghost Box Records and projects such as The Book of the Lost (2014) and Tales from the Black Meadow (2013), which alongside other elements featured music intended to accompany imagined, layered backstories which draw from the tropes of folk horror.

    A song such as She Rocola’s “Burn The Witch” (released in 2014 by A Year In The Country) and its glacial, haunting tale of love and persecution could well be a soundtrack to a lost classic British folk horror film: one which may have accompanied the canonic trio of such things back when.”

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    “While the Marshlight Software computer game Edgelands (2017) takes folk horror themes into interactive realms and is described as a psychogeographical folk tale:

    “Magic and folklore… entangle the modern world… in an uncanny rustic adventure… you soon find yourself exploring an uncanny rustic twilight landscape in which familiar rural landmarks overlap with otherworldly occurrences, creating a dream-like blurring of the ordinary and the supernatural.””

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    “Over the years from but a few seedlings, folk horror as a cultural strand has created ever growing reverberations that are still being felt throughout culture and indeed which may now only be truly flowering and finding fully fertile ground.”

     

    Online images to accompany Chapter 6 of the A Year In The Country: Wandering Through Spectral Fields book, alongside some text extracts from the chapter:

    Details of the book and the collection of its accompanying online images can be found at the Book’s Page, which will be added to throughout the year.

     

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    Journeys in Otherly Pastoralism, the Further Reaches of Folk and the Parallel Worlds of Hauntology

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    “The first book of it’s kind to catalogue all these disparate strands, many of which cross over time and space to influence one another.” DJ Food575px by 1px line

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    338 pages. Author: Stephen Prince.
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    “An essential field guide to a distinct aesthetic that remains loosely defined, like a fluttering night moth that would die if pinned down.Ben Graham, Shindig!575px by 1px line

    “A new book caught my eye recently – the title A Year In The Country: Wandering Through Spectral Fields, that goes in search of the darker, eerier side of the bucolic countryside dream by looking at films of a certain genre, books, TV series, music; it is great to have this fascinating subject explored so thoroughly and brought together under one title.” Verity Sharp, Late Junction, BBC Radio 3dividing-line-just-black-a-year-in-the-country-620px

    A Year In The Country: Wandering Through Spectral Fields is an exploration of the undercurrents and flipside of bucolic dreams and where they meet and intertwine with the parallel worlds of hauntology; it connects layered and, at times, semi-hidden cultural pathways and signposts, journeying from acid folk to edgelands via electronic music innovators, folkloric film and photography, dreams of lost futures and misremembered televisual tales and transmissions.

    In keeping with the number of weeks in a year, the book is split into 52 chapters and includes considerations of the work of writers including Rob Young, John Wyndham, Richard Mabey and Mark Fisher, musicians and groups The Owl Service, Jane Weaver, Shirley Collins, Broadcast, the BBC Radiophonic Workshop, Virginia Astley and Kate Bush, the artists Edward Chell, Jeremy Deller and Barbara Jones and the record labels Trunk, Folk Police, Ghost Box and Finders Keepers.

    Also explored are television and film including Quatermass, The Moon and the Sledgehammer, Phase IV, Beyond the Black Rainbow, The Spirit of Dark and Lonely Water, Bagpuss, Travelling for a Living, The Duke of Burgundy, Sapphire & Steel, General Orders No. 9, Gone to Earth, The Changes, Children of the Stones, Sleep Furiously and The Wicker Man.

    The book draws together revised writings alongside new journeyings from the A Year In The Country project, which has undertaken a set of year-long journeys through spectral fields; cyclical explorations of an otherly pastoralism, the outer reaches of folk culture and the spectres of hauntology. It is a wandering amongst subculture that draws from the undergrowth of the land.

    As a project, it has included a website featuring writing, artwork and music which stems from that otherly pastoral/spectral hauntological intertwining, alongside a growing catalogue of album releases.

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    “Author Prince has pulled together a mass of material culled not only from the website and its associated albums, but also a great deal more that was written specifically for the book. And the result is spellbinding.” Dave Thompson, Goldmine575px by 1px line

    “This incredibly well-researched book, which is obviously written by a man with an enormous passion for this subject, is probably as comprehensive as it is possible to be.

    “Stephen Prince’s densely packed tome covers everything from folkloric film and literature to electronic music to acid folk to folk horror to the dystopian fiction of John Wyndham and the classic unearthings of Nigel Kneale to the formation of under-the-furrows record labels like Trunk, Ghost Box and Finders Keepers.

    “If you’re already interested in folk culture and want to be astonished by how deeply its roots run, you’ll treasure A Year in the Country enormously.

    “Almost every one of the 52 chapters sideswiped me with a revelation that is already making me look at a genre I love with new, more appreciative eyes.

    “Books this culturally valuable don’t grow on hedgerows, so make sure you harvest it immediately.” Ian White, Starburst

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    An excellent compendium of Prince’s musings and meditations on all things wyrdly bucolic, uncanny, and elegiac, spanning a spectral spectrum from Richard Mabey to Zardoz, Virginia Astley to Sapphire & Steel.Simon Reynolds, author of Retromania and Energy Flash

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    Text extracts from the book can be visited here, which will build throughout 2018 to include all 52 chapters.

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    Book Chapter List:

    1. Electric Eden: Unearthing Britain’s Visionary Music: Folk Vs Pop, Less Harvested Cultural Landscapes and Acts of 
Enclosure, Old and New

    2. Gather in the Mushrooms: Early Signposts and Underground Acid Folk Explorations

    3. Hauntology: Places Where Society Goes to Dream, the Defining and Deletion of Spectres and the Making of an Ungenre

    4. Cuckoos in the Same Nest: Hauntological and Otherly Folk Confluences and Intertwinings

    5. Ghost Box Records: Parallel Worlds, Conjuring Spectral Memories, Magic Old and New and Slipstream Trips to the
 Panda Pops Disco

    6. Folk Horror Roots: From But a Few Seedlings Did a Great Forest Grow

    7. 1973: A Time of Schism and a Dybbuk’s Dozen of Fractures

    8. Broadcast: Recalibration, Constellation and Exploratory Pop

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    9. Tales From The Black Meadow, The Book of the Lost and The Equestrian Vortex: The Imagined Spaces of Imaginary Soundtracks

    10. The Wicker Man: Notes on a Cultural Behemoth

    11. Robin Redbreast, The Ash Tree, Sky, The Changes, Penda’s Fen Red Shift and The Owl Service: Wanderings Through Spectral Television Landscapes

    12. A Bear’s Ghosts: Soviet Dreams and Lost Futures

    13. From “Two Tribes” to WarGames: The Ascendancy of Apocalyptic Popular Culture

    14. Christopher Priest’s A Dream of Wessex: Twentieth Century Slipstream Echoes

    15. Sapphire & Steel and Ghosts in the Machine: Nowhere, Forever and Lost Spaces within Cultural Circuitry

    16. Kill List, Puffball, In the Dark Half and Butter on the Latch: Folk Horror Descendants by Way of the Kitchen Sink

    17. The Quietened Bunker, Waiting For The End of the World, Subterranea Britannica, Bunker Archaeology and The Delaware Road: Ghosts, Havens and Curious Repurposings Beneath Our Feet

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    18. From The Unofficial Countryside to Soft Estate: Edgeland Documents, Memories and Explorations

    19. The Ballad of Shirley Collins and Pastoral Noir: Tales and Intertwinings from Hidden Furrows

    20. “Savage Party” and Randall & Hopkirk (Deceased): Glimpses of Albion in the Overgrowth

    21. Uncommonly British Days Out and the Following of Ghosts: File under Psychogeographic/Hauntological Stocking Fillers

    22. Gone to Earth: Earlier Traces of an Otherly Albion

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    23. Queens of Evil, Tam Lin and The Touchables: High Fashion Transitional Psych Folk Horror, Pastoral Fantasy and Dreamlike Isolation

    24. Luke Haines: Our Most Non-Hauntological Hauntologist

    25. Tim Hart, Maddy Prior and “The Dalesman’s Litany”: A Yearning for Imaginative Idylls and a Counterpart to Tales of Hellish Mills

    26. Katalin Varga, Berberian Sound Studio and The Duke of Burgundy : Arthouse Evolution and Crossing the Thresholds of the Hinterland Worlds of Peter Strickland

    27. General Orders No. 9 and By Our Selves: Cinematic Pastoral Experimentalism

    28. No Blade of Grass and Z.P.G.: A Curious Dystopian Mini-Genre

    29. The Midwich Cuckoos and The Day of the Triffids: John Wyndham, Dystopian Tales, Celluloid Cuckoos and the Village as Anything But Idyll

    30. Folk Archive and Unsophisticated Arts: Documenting the Overlooked and Unregulated

    31. Folkloric Photography: A Lineage of Wanderings, Documentings and Imaginings

    32. Poles and Pylons and The Telegraph Appreciation Society: A Continuum of Accidental Art

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    33. Symptoms and Images: Hauntological Begetters, the Uneasy Landscape and Gothic Bucolia

    34. The Spirit of Dark and Lonely Water: Public Information Films and Lost Municipal Paternalisms

    35. Magpahi, Paper Dollhouse and The Eccentronic Research Council: Finders Keepers/Bird Records Nestings and Considerations of Modern Day Magic

    36. Vashti Bunyan: From Here to Before: Whispering Fairy Stories until They are Real

    37. The Owl Service, Anne Briggs, The Watersons, Lutine and Audrey Copard: Folk Revisiters, Revivalists and Reinterpreters

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    38. The Seasons, Jonny Trunk, the BBC Radiophonic Workshop and Howlround: A Yearning for Library Music, Experiments in Educational Music and Tape Loop Tributes

    39. An Old Soul Returns: The Worlds and Interweavings of Kate Bush

    40. The Stone Tape, Quatermass, The Road and The Twilight Language of Nigel Kneale: Unearthing Tales from Buried Ancient Pasts

    41 Folklore Tapes and the Wyrd Britannia Festival: Journeying to Hidden Corners of the Land/the Ferrous Reels and Explorations of an Arcane Research Project

    42. Skeletons: Pastoral Preternatural Fiction and a World, Time and Place of its Own Imagining

    43. Field Trip-England: Jean Ritchie, George Pickow and Recordings from the End of an Era

    44. Noah’s Castle: A Slightly Overlooked Artifact and Teatime Dystopias

    45. Jane Weaver Septième Soeur and The Fallen by Watch Bird: Non-Populist Pop and Cosmic Aquatic Folklore

    46. Detectorists, Bagpuss, The Wombles and The Good Life: Views from a Gentler Landscape

    47. Weirdlore, Folk Police Recordings, Sproatly Smith and Seasons They Change: Notes From the Folk Underground, Legendary Lost Focal Points and Privately Pressed Folk

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    48. The Moon and The Sledgehammer and Sleep Furiously: Visions of Parallel and Fading Lives

    49. From Gardens Where We Feel Secure, Wintersongs, Pilgrim Chants & Pastoral Trails: Lullabies for the Land and Gently Darkened Undercurrents

    50. Strawberry Fields and Wreckers: The Countryside and Coastal Hinterland as Emotional Edgeland

    51. Zardoz, Phase IV and Beyond the Black Rainbow: Seeking the Future in Secret Rooms from the Past and Psychedelic Cinematic Corners

    52. Winstanley, A Field in England and The English Civil War Part II: Reflections on Turning Points and Moments When Anything Could Happen

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    A Year In The Country is an excellent introduction to hauntology and related subjects, particularly as it guides the reader through some of the more obscure fields. There is a sensitivity here, and Prince has a talent for teasing out details.Steve Toase, Fortean Times

    Embraces a wide range of avenues to bring together not only a sense of how far reaching and varied the origins, mainstays and current players of genres such as folk horror or hauntology can be, but crucially also how they intertwine and cross pollinate.

    Each chapter expertly charts its chosen subject’s impact upon the public consciousness as well as indicating that these artefacts are now part of a greater cultural cobweb that may well have threads and components that are radically different in genre or style but that equally have a strong commonality in their sense of unease and their haunted content; of similar ghosts in the machine (or spooks in the television and bookshelves). Further investigations delve into folklore, TV public information films and the landscape itself as a medium through which a certain mood, an uncanny, can be evoked.” Grey Malkin, Folk Horror Revival

     

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    An Online Visual Accompaniment

    Below is an online “cut out and keep” set of visual accompaniments to the chapters of the book, which will build to include all the chapters throughout 2018.

     

    Chapter 1: Electric Eden: Unearthing Britain’s Visionary Music: Folk Vs Pop, Less Harvested Cultural Landscapes and Acts of Enclosure, Old and New

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    Left to right: the first and second British editions and the American edition of Rob Young’s Electric Eden book (2010-2011).

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    The gatefold cover and vinyl of Forest’s album Full Circle (1970).

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    The cover and vinyl of Kate Bush’s second album Lionheart (1978).

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    Construction scaffolding for statue in The Wicker Man film (1973).

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    Ghost Box Records logo/artwork.

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    The cover of one of the editions of Steeleye Span’s All Around My Hat single (1975) and characters from The Womble’s television series (1973-1975).

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    A period map showing enclosure/inclosure of the land.

     

    Text extracts from Chapter 1 can be viewed here.

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    Chapter 2: Gather in the Mushrooms – Early Signposts and Underground Acid Folk Explorations

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    Artwork from the Gather in the Mushrooms: The British Acid Folk Underground 1968-1974 compilation album. Released in 2004 and curated by Bob Stanley.

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    Once upon a time lost-lady-of-folk Vashti Bunyan as featured in the sleeve notes to Gather in the Mushrooms.

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    CD insert cover for Trader Horne’s Morning Way album from 1970, featuring former Fairport Convention member Judy Dyble and Jackie McAuley.

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    Left to right: Cover art for The Pentangle’s Basket of Light album, featuring their version of Lyke Wake Dirge and The Sallyangie’s Children of the the Sun, featuring a young Mike Oldfield and his sister.

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    Gatefold photograph from Forest’s 1969 self-titled debut album.

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    Artwork from the Early Morning Hush: Notes from the UK Folk Underground 1969-1976 compilation album from 2006, also curated by Bob Stanley.

     

    Text extracts from Chapter 2 can be viewed here.

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    Chapter 3: Hauntology – Places Where Society Goes to Dream, the Defining and Deletion of Spectres and the Making of an Ungenre

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    Left-right: stills from the intro sequence for The Owl Service, Children of the Stones and The Changes television series.

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    Left-right: Daphne Oram and others working at the BBC Radiophonic Workshop, flexidisc of an advert for Bruton Music library music company, the cover art for The Season album by David Cain and Ronald Duncan.

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    Left-right: cover art for the Ghost Box Records released Sleep Games and Stasis, both by Pye Corner Audio.

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    A still from Panos Cosmatos’ film Beyond The Black Rainbow.

     

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    Chapter 4: Cuckoos in the Same Nest – Hauntological and Otherly Folk Confluences and Intertwinings

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    Left-right first row: The TV tie-in publication of Alan Garner’s The Owl Service novel, islanders in masks from The Wicker Man film and Delia Derbyshire of the BBC Radiophonic Workshop.

    Left-right second row: cover art for the Broadcast and The Focus Group Investigate Withcults of the Radio Age album, cover art for The Owl Service’s The View From a Hill album, a still from the intro sequence for the Children of the Stones series and a Ghost Box Records logo.

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    Left-right first row: DVD cover art: the BFI’s release of The Changes television series, Network’s releases of Alan Garner’s The Owl Service and the Children of the Stones television series.

    Left-right second row: DVD cover art: the BFI’s release of Nigel Kneale’s The Stone Tape, the Director’s cut release of The Wicker Man, Doctor Who stories The Stones of Blood featuring Tom Baker and The Daemons featuring Jon Pertwee.

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    Chapter 5: Ghost Box Records – Parallel Worlds, Conjuring Spectral Memories, Magic Old and New and Slipstream Trips to the Panda Pops Disco

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    Ghost Box Records logo and artwork.

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    Left-right: The Radiophonic Workshop album by the BBC Radiophonic Workshop and The Seasons album – poems by Ronald Duncan, Radiophonic music by David Cain (the Trunk Records reissue cover art).

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    Left-right: a poster that accompanied the Ghost Box-released Belbury Poly’s Belbury Tales album and the CD front cover.

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    The sleeves and artwork for the vinyl version of the The Advisory Circle’s Mind How You Go album (revised edition).

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    The CD sleeve for The Belbury Poly’s New Ways Out album – design by Julian House, circle illustration by Jim Jupp.

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    Artwork for The Soundcarriers Entropicalia album and accompanying poster, plus various Ghost Box related artwork.

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    Left-right: poster artwork by Julian House, the cover to Sketches and Spells by The Focus Group, exhibition poster by Julian House.

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    Ghost Box related artwork by Julian House.

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    Left-right: mandala like Ghost Box related artwork by Julian House and the album cover art for The Invisible World of Beautify Junkyards.

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    Video stills from #1: Witch Cults – collaborative work between Broadcast and Julian House to accompany the album Broadcast and The Focus Group Investigate Witchcults of the Radio Age.

     

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    Chapter 6 Book Images: Folk Horror Roots – From But a Few Seedlings Did a Great Forest Grow

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    Left-right: stills from Witchfinder General, Blood on Satan’s Claw and The Wicker Man.

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    Still of islanders in folkloric animal masks from The Wicker Man.

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    The Wicker Man poster.

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    Curse of the Crimson Altar still: Barbara Steele in as Lavina Morley, Black Witch of Greymarsh, who is dressed in striking, opulent and almost surreal folkloric garb, including a behorned headdress.

    Curse of The Crimson Altar-for one night only

    A collage of images from Curse of the Crimson Altar.

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    Poster for Mario Bava’s Black Sunday, featuring an illustration of Barbara Steel as Katia Vajda / Princess Asa Vajda.

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    Stills from The Innocents.

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    Et Mourir De Plaisir-Blood And Roses-1960-Roger Vadim-5

    Stills and posters for Roger Vadim’s Blood and Roses, aka Et Mourir de Plaisir and Il Sangue e la Rosa.

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    Left-right: introduction sequence images and text for Nigel Kneale’s The Stone Tape and Beasts and Alan Garner’s The Owl Service.

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    Introduction sequence images for Alan Garner’s The Owl Service.

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    Left-right: introduction sequence images and text from Children of the Stones and M.R. James’ Whistle and I’ll Come To You.

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    Left-right: image from David Rudkin’s adaptation of M.R. James’ The Ash Tree and Play For Today drama Robin Redbreast.

    Pendas Fen-David Rudkin-A Year In The Country

    Image from David Rudkin and Alan Clarke’s Penda’s Fen.

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    Left-right: soundtrack artwork for Valerie and Her Week of Wonders and Queens of Evil aka Le Regine or Il Delitto del Diavolo.

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    Masthead for Folk Horror Review site.

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    Masthead for Folk Horror Revival site.

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    Left-right: photograph of an The Alchemical Landscape event and poster for A Fiend in the Furrows.

    Ghost Box Records-In A MomentThe Book of the Lost-Emily Jones-The Rowand Amber Mill-CD albumTales From The Black Meadow-A Year In The Country

    Left-right: cover art for Ghost Box Records’ In a moment… compilation album, Emily Jones’ and The Rowan Amber Mill’s The Book of the Lost and The Soulless Party’s Tales from the Black Meadow.

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    Artwork and photograph from She Rocola’s Burn The Witch/Molly Leigh of the Mother Town, released by A Year In The Country.

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    Image from Marshlight Software’s “psychogeographical folk tale” computer game Edgelands.

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    A collage created from a selection of the above Chapter 6 accompanying images.

     

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    Chapter 7 Book Images: 1973 – A Time of Schism and a Dybbuk’s Dozen of Fractures

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    Packaging for the A Year In The Country released Fractures album.

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    Artwork from the Fractures album.

    Delia Derbyshire in Room 12, along with her full panoply of equipment.

    Delia Derbyshire / The BBC Radiophonic Workshop.

    1973-Blackout-power cut-A Year In The Country

    1973-uk-power cut-blackout-the three day week-A Year In The Country-21973-uk-power cut-blackout-the three day week-A Year In The Country-3

    Images from the early 1970 electricity blackouts in the UK.

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    Adverts from double bill cinema showings of Don’t Look Now and The Wicker Man.

    The Changes-1975-BBC-A Year In The Country 2

    A still from The Changes television series.

    Richard Mabey-The Unofficial Countryside-Little Toller Books-A Year In The CountryRichard Mabey-The Unofficial Countryside-The World About Us-documentary-Little Toller Books 2

    The cover of the first edition of Richard Mabey’s Unofficial Countryside and connected television footage with Richard Mabey.

    Dark and Lonely Water-2-A Year In The Country

    Still from The Spirit of Dark and Lonely Water Public Information film.

    Psychomania 1971-screenshot-A Year In The Country

    Still from the introduction sequence of Psychomania.

    Judy Dyble-Delia Derbyshire-Vashti Bunyan-Shelagh McDonald-lost women of folk-elelectronic music

    Left-right: Judy Dyble, Delia Derbyshire, the cover to Vashti Bunyan’s Just Another Diamond Day and Shelagh McDonald’s Let No Man Steal Your Thyme albums.

    World On A Wire-1973-A Year In The Country

    Still from the Michael Fassbinder-directed German television series World on a Wire.

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    Poster for Soylent Green.

    The Final Programme-1973-still-pinball-pop art

    The Final Programme-1973-film still

    Stills from The Final Programme.

    Blue Blood-1973-Oliver Reed

    Still from Blue Blood.

    Quatermass-1979-The Conclusion-Nigel Kneale-A Year In The Country 2

    Still from the title sequence of the final series of Quatermass.

     

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    Chapter 8 Book Images: Broadcast – Recalibration, Constellation and Exploratory Pop

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    Image of Broadcast from an Invisible Jukebox article in Wire magazine.

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    Left-right: Warp/Tommy Boy promotional photograph and a further promotional photograph.

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    Left-right: stills from the television series Children of the Stones, Sky and The Owl Service.

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    Left-right: the cover art to the Broadcast and The Focus Group Investigate Witchcults of the Radio Age and Mother is the Milky Way albums.

    Broadcast-Haha Sound-album art cover-Julian House-Warp RecordsValerie And Her Week Of Wonders soundtrack-BMusic-Finders Keepers-Trish Keenan-Broadcast-A Year In The Country

    Left-right: the cover art to the Haha Sound album and the Finders Keepers/B-Music edition of the Valerie and Her Week of Wonders soundtrack album, featuring sleevenotes by Trish Keenan.

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    Broadcast and The Focus Group-Witchcults video-Julian House

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    Broadcast and The Focus Group-2-I See, So I See So-3Broadcast and The Focus Group-2-I See, So I See So-4

    Broadcast and The Focus Group video stills – collaborative work with Julian House of The Focus Group, Ghost Box Records and Intro design agency.

    The Tomorrow People-4 intro credits stills-1970sThe Owl Service-TV series titles-Alan Garner-A Year In The CountryCamberwick Green-opening sequence

    Left-right: Introduction sequence stills from The Tomorrow People, The Owl Service and Camberwick Green.

    broadcast-wire-magazine-a-year-in-the-country-4Shindig Magazine-Broadcast-James Cargill-Thomas Patterson-A Year In The CountryBroadcast-Trish Keenan-photograph

    Left-right: photograph from Wire magazine interview with Broadcast, spread from Shindig! magazine and promotional photograph of Trish Keenan.

    United States of America-band 2-A Year In The CountryUnited States of America-band 3-A Year In The CountryUnited-States-of-America-1200-2-band-3-A-Year-In-The-Country

    Left-right: cover art to The United States of America eponymously titled album, promotional photograph of the band, collage made from promotional photograph of the band.

    Mark Fisher-Ghosts Of My Life-Zero Books-hauntology-A Year In The Countrybroadcast-logo-a-year-in-the-country-2Broadcast-The Wire Magazine-A Year In The Country

    Left-right: the cover of Ghosts of My Life book my Mark Fisher, Broadcast logo by Julian House, Wire magazine cover.

     

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    Chapter 9 Book Images: Tales from the Black Meadow, The Book of the Lost and The Equestrian Vortex – The Imagined Spaces of Imaginary Soundtracks

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    Left-right: tales from the Black Meadow album cover art and accompanying photograph from the album/project.

    The Book of the Lost-Emily Jones-The Rowand Amber Mill-CD albumThe Book Of The Lost-A Year In The CountryThe Book Of The Lost-1-A Year In The Country

    Left-right: The Book of the Lost album by Emily Jones and The Rowan Amber Mill cover art, accompanying photographs from the album/project.

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    Berberian Sound Studio-Equestrian Vortex-Julian House-Peter Strickland

    Stills from The Equestrian Vortex introduction sequence in Berberian Sound Studio – sequence art directed by Julian House.

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    Left-right: still from Berberian Sound Studio, poster art for the film by Julian House.

     

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    Chapter 10 Book Images: The Wicker Man – Notes on a Cultural Behemoth

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    The Wicker Man’s film certificate.

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    The poster for the 40th anniversary restoration and reissue.

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    Various covers of The Wicker Man DVD and VHS releases, alongside book and record cover.

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    Artwork for Willow’s Songs album of traditional British folk songs that inspired The Wicker Man’s soundtrack. Released by Finders Keepers Records.

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    The Wickerman-trading card collection 1-A Year In The Country

    The Wicker Man collector’s cards, folder and print plates.

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    Left-right: poster artwork to accompany the 40th Anniversary soundtrack reissue and Nuada, a fanzine that focuses on The Wicker Man.

    The Wicker Man book collection

    Various covers of books written about The Wicker Man, the book of the music score and David Pinner’s Ritual which was one of the influences on the film.

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    The first officially licensed soundtrack album, released by Trunk Records. A Record Store Day single of the soundtrack.

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    The cover to David Pinner’s Ritual, reissued by by Finders Keepers Records.

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    Left-right: the covers of the two editions of Allan Brown’s Inside The Wicker Man book, the first page of the chapter on The Wicker Man in Simon Wells’ and Ali Catterall’s Your Face Here.

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    Vic Pratt’s Long Arm of the Lore article on The Wicker Man, published around the time of the film’s 40th anniversary in the BFI’s Sight & Sound magazine. Also the cover of Sight & Sound which featured Rob Young’s Pattern Under the Plough article on the flipside of British folkloric film.

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    Derek Jarman-Journey to Avebury-still Patrick Keiller-Robinson in Space-film still Chris Petit-London Orbital-film still

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    (First row, left-right): stills from Winstanley (1975), Akenfield (1974) and Sleep Furiously (2008).

    (Second row, left-right): stills from Derek Jarman’s Journey to Avesbury (1971), Patrick Keiller’s Robinson in Space (1997) and Chris Petit’s London Orbital (2002).

    (Third row, left-right): the cover art for a Blu-ray reissue of Quatermass and the Pit (1967) and a still from Penda’s Fen (1974).

     The Sneaker Pimps-How Do-Willows Song-Becoming X-Spin Spin Sugar-Kelli Ali-The Wicker Man 

    (Left-right): cover art variations for Sneaker Pimp’s Becoming X album and Spin Spin Sugar, which featured How Do – a version of Willow’s Song. Cover art for a Record Store Day single issue of Willow’s Song/Gently Johnny.

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    (Left-right): cover art to Kelli Ali’s folk inflected album Rocking Horse on record label One Little Indian and self-released album Butterfly, which featured a version of Willow’s Song.

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    (Left-right, first row): back cover art for Pulp’s album We Love Life, which featured the song Wickerman, that included a sample from The Wicker Man’s soundtrack. Cover art to the sing Trees/Sunrise from the album.

    (Left-right, second row): postcard of location featured in Pulp’s Wickerman song. Artwork from Ben Wheatley’s Kill List film.

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    Photographs of the construction of one of The Wicker Man structures used in the film.

    The Wicker Man-1973-Production notes The Wickerman-lost scene in hairdressersWillow Umbrella-Christopher Lee-The Wicker Man-1973

    (Left-right): production details sheet, still from a deleted scene and behind the scenes photograph.

     The Wicker Man BBC Scotland On Screen 2009 

    Contermporary photographs of locations used in The Wicker Man.

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    The Wicker Man-Cast And Crew-BBC 4-2005

    The Wicker Man-Cast And Crew-BBC 4-2005-2

    Stills from the BBC 4 series Cast and Crew (2005), which focused on The Wicker Man.

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    Sing Cuckoo- The Story and Influence of The Wicker Man Soundtrack-Gothic-The Dark Heart Of Film-BFIPlayer-BFI-Jonny Trunk

     Sing Cuckoo- The Story and Influence of The Wicker Man Soundtrack-Gothic-The Dark Heart Of Film-BFIPlayer-BFI-Stephen Cracknell-Mike Lindsay 

    Title and stills from the BFI documentary Sing Cuckoo: The Story and Influence of The Wicker Man Sound track.

    (Middle photograph: Jonny Trunk of Trunk Records. Lower photograph Stephen Cracknell of The Memory Band and Mike Lindsay of Tuung.)

     

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    Chapter 11 Book Images: Robin Redbreast, The Ash Tree, Sky, The Changes, Penda’s Fen, Red Shift and The Owl Service – Wanderings Through Spectral Television Landscapes

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    DVD covers for the BFI releases of Reshift, Robin Redbresat and The Changes.

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    Still from Robin Redbreast and late 19th/early 20th century photograph of folkloric costume by Benjamin Stone.

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    Title sequence stills from The Omega Factor, Noah’s Castle and Quatermass (all released in 1979).

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    Stills from The Tomorrow People television series.

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    Cover art for The Modern Poets books from the 1960s and 1970s and artwork by Julian House of Ghost Box Records.

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    Stills from The Owl Service television series title/intro sequence.

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    Stills from the Children of the Stones television series title/intro sequence.

    Sky-1975 TV series-A Year In The Country

    Sky-1975 TV British television series-A Year In The Country 3 in a row

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    Stills from the television series Sky (1975) and below promotional literature.

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    Stills from The Changes (1975) television series.

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    Still from The Ash Tree television drama from 1975: M.R. James’ story adapted by David Rudkin.

    Pendas Fen-David Rudkin-A Year In The Country 5Pendas Fen-David Rudkin-A Year In The Country 8Pendas Fen-David Rudkin-A Year In The Country 7

    Pendas Fen-David Rudkin-A Year In The Country 3Pendas Fen-David Rudkin-A Year In The Country 2Pendas Fen-David Rudkin-A Year In The Country

    Stills from Penda’s Fen (1974).

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    Stills from Red Shift (1978).

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    Filming The Owl Service-Alan Garner-Peter Plummer-A Year In The Country 10Filming The Owl Service-Alan Garner-Peter Plummer-A Year In The Country 2Filming The Owl Service-Alan Garner-Peter Plummer-A Year In The Country 9

    Pages from the Filming the Owl Service book published in 1970.

     

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    Chapter 12 Book Images: A Bear’s Ghosts – Soviet Dreams and Lost Futures

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    Images from Jan Kempemaers’ Spomenik photography book/project – his photographs of structures that were created in Yugoslavia in the 1960s and 1970s as memorials to the Second World War but which now apparently are largely abandoned.

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    Images from Christopher Herwig’s Soviet Bus Stops book, published by Fuel.

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    Images and the book cover for Danila Tkachenko’s Restricted Areas book from 2016, published by Dewi Lewis Publishing –  the photographs focus on abandoned hardware, secret cities and installations from the Soviet Union during the Cold War period.

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    Ralph Mireb’s images of abandoned and incomplete Soviet era space shuttles (which are a curious simulacra of the American space shuttle in terms of design and can be found at the website Bored Panda).

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    One of Alexander Marksin’s photographs of discarded Soviet space shuttle wooden wind-tunnel models.

    abandoned-Raketas-or-Rockets-that-once-plied-the-Volga-and-other-great-rivers-of-the-Soviet-Union-during-the-Cold-War-years

    Soviet era hydrofoils and which were known as river rockets, made from the mid-1950s to mid-1970s.

    Rebecca Litchfield-Soviet Ghosts-book cover

    The cover of Rebecca Litchfield’s Soviet Ghosts, a book released in 2014 which focuses on the extent of abandonment in the former Soviet Union and its satellite states in the Eastern Bloc.

     

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    Chapter 13 Book Images: From “Two Tribes” to War Games – The Ascendancy of Apocalyptic Popular Culture

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    (Left-right): cover art for singles; Blondie’s Atomic, Nena’s 99 Red Baloons and Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark’s Enola Gay.

    The Pirahnas-Tom Hark-Jona Lewi-Stop the Cavalry-Frankie Goes to Hollywood-single covers

    (Left-righ)t: cover art for singles; The Pirahnas’ Tom Hark/Getting Beaten Up, Joan Lewie’s Stop the Cavalry and Frankie Goes to Hollywood’s Two Tribes.

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    (Left-right): cover art for singles; Nik Kershaw’s I Won’t Let the Sun Go Down On Me, Strawberry Switchblade’s Since Yesterday and Ultravox’ Dancing with tears in my eyes.

    On The Beach-Nevil Shute-three book cover variations-film tie-in

    Cover variations for Nevil Shute’s 1957 novel On the Beach.

    Blondie-Atomic-video still

    Video still from Blondie’s Atomic single.

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    Stills from the UK Government’s Civil Defence Protect and Survive information films.

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    Cover art for Kate Bush’s Breathing single and the Never for Ever album which included Breathing in its tracklist.

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    International variations of the posters for the WarGames film (1983).

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    Still from the1986 film Ferris Bueller’s Day Off; WarGames actor Matthew Broderick front right.

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    Wargames-1983 film-A Year In The Country-2

    Stills of text created by the main computer in WarGames.

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    Poster artwork for the dystopic young adult orientated film The Hunger Games and the 1980s British television adaptation of John Christopher’s Tripods book series.

    WarGames-Sheedy-and-Broderick-with-Professor-film still

    Still from WarGames showing the underground command centre.

     

    Text extracts from Chapter 13 can be viewed here.

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    Chapter 14 Book Images: Christopher Priest’s A Dream of Wessex – Twentieth Century Slipstream Echoes 

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    Original hardback cover of A Dream of Wessex – painting by Paul Nash, published by Faber & Faber in 1977.

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    Toward the Unknown Region chapter of Rob Young’s Electric Eden book, which includes writing on a Dream of Wessex in a chapter which focuses on hauntological work, Ghost Box Records and arcane contemporary cultural explorations of the pastoral.

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    Artwork by Julian House for Ghost Box Records

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    (Left-right): original paper back cover of A Dream of Wessex, photographs of the inner flaps from the book’s dust jacket.

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    Still from the Sapphire & Steel television series, which shares a similar use of eerie or otherly faceless imagery with the paperback edition of A Dream of Wessex.

     

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    Chapter 15 Book Images: Sapphire & Steel and Ghosts in the Machine – Nowhere, Forever and Lost Spaces within Cultural Circuitry

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    TV Times television listing magazine with Sapphire & Steel cover, ITC promotional material and promotional image from the series.

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    Images from Sapphire & Steel’s intro sequence.

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    Still of faceless character from Sapphire & Steel.

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    Mark Fisher’s Ghosts of My Life book cover and still from Sapphire & Steel’s final television episode.

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    Publicity still from Sapphire & Steel’s final television episode.

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    Cover to Nigel Kneale’s novelisation of the final series of Quatermass (also written by him).

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    Screenshots of glitches from one of the DVD releases of Sapphire & Steel.

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    Image from the Channel 4 television series Ghosts in the Machine, a programme which compiled experimental video artwork.

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    Television listings magazine scan for the first episode of Sapphire & Steel.

     

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    Chapter 16 Book Images: Kill List, Puffball, In the Dark Half and Butter on the Latch – Folk Horror Descendants by Way of the Kitchen Sink

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    French poster for Ben Wheatley’s film Kill List and still from one of its final sequences.

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    Still from one of the domestic scenes in Kill List.

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    Still from Kill List and the symbol which is carved into the back of the mirror.

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    Cover to Adam Scovell’s book Folk Horror: Hours Dreadful and Things Strange and images from the final sequence of the films The Wicker Man and Queens of Evil.

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    Poster for Nicholas Roeg’s film Puffball.

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    Record label for Kate Bush’s Aerial album, logo/still from the television series Grand Designs and the cover to David Keenan’s book England’s Hidden Reverse, which focuses on the work of Coil, Current 93 and Nurse With Wound.

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    Logo for the Play For Today strand of television dramas and stills from the Play for Today episode Robin Redbreast.

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    Newspaper adverts for the early 1970s cinema double bill of Don’t Look Now and The Wicker Man.

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    Images of Rita Tushingham from Puffball.

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    Film still (or possibly a publicity photograph) of Rita Tushingham from A Taste of Honey.

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    Covers for Kate Bush’s album Aerial and her single Cloudbusting.

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    Cover for Kate Bush’s The Red Shoes album and cover art for her film The Line, The Cross & The Curve.

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    DVD cover for Nicholas Roeg’s Devil’s Eyeball film, AKA Puffball.

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    Still from the film The Company of Wolves.

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    Poster for Alastair Siddons In the Dark Half film.

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    Stills from In the Dark Half.

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    Stills from Josephine Decker’s film Butter on the Latch.

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    Cover to the album of Bulgarian folk songs Le Mystère des Voix Bulgares which 4AD released in the 1980s and a still from David Lynch’s 2006 film Inland Empire.

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    Stills from Butter on the Latch.

     

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    Chapter 17 Book Images: The Quietened Bunker, Waiting for the End of the World, Subterranea Britannica, Bunker Archaeology and The Delaware Road – Ghosts, Havens and Curious Repurposings Beneath our Feet

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    Photographs of decommissioned bunkers.

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    The Dawn and Night editions of the A Year In The Country released album The Quietened Bunker, featuring work by Keith Seatman, Grey Frequency, A Year In The Country, Panabrite, Polypores, Listening Center, Time Attendant, Unknown Heretic and David Colohan.

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    The cover of Richard Ross’ book Waiting for the End of the World and photographs from the book.

      Subterranea Britannica-Cold War Bunkers-Nick Catford-The Royal Observer Corps Underground Monitoring Posts-Mark Dalton-logo and books

    Subterranea Britannica logo and covers to the books Subterranean Britain: Cold War Bunkers by Nick Catford and The Royal Observer Corps Underground Monitoring Posts by Mark Dalton.

    Paul Virilio-Bunker Archaeology-Princeton Architectural Press-A Year In The Country-2b Paul Virilio-Bunker Archaeology-Princeton Architectural Press-A Year In The Country-3b

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    Images from Paul Virilio’s book Bunker Archaeology, featuring abandoned World War II German bunkers and related installations that lie along the coast of France.

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    Cover of and photographs from Christopher Herwig’s book Soviet Bus Stops.

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    Photographs from Jan Kempenaers book and project Spomenik, featuring former Soviet Union Cold War memorials.

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    Still from the final scene of the original Planet of the Apes film from 1968.

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    Flyer and map for The Delaware Road event featuring amongst others Dolly Dolly, Howlround, Radionics Radio, Ian Helliwell and Saunders & Hill. Organised by Buried Treasure, the event took place at Kelvedon Hatch decommissioned underground bunker.

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    The entrance to Kelvedon Hatch decommissioned bunker.

     The Quietened Bunker-secret bunker tourist road signs-A Year In The Country-2The Quietened Bunker-secret bunker tourist road signs-A Year In The Country

    Road signs for decommissioned bunkers.

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    Estate agent’s sign for available for sale decommissioned bunker.

     

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    Chapter 18 Book Images: From The Unofficial Countryside to Soft Estate – Edgeland Documents, Memories and Explorations: Chapter 18 Book Images

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    Photograph of an edgeland area from Karl Hyde and Kieran Evans’ Edgeland/The Outer Edges film and album project.

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    Photograph of discarded industrial equipment by Veloelectroindustrial.

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    Covers of the original edition of Richard Mabey’s The Unofficial Countryside and the Little Toller reissue with an introduction by Iain Sinclair.

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    Image from a 1975 television programme also called The Unofficial Countryside, which featured Richard Mabey.

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    Covers of the book Edgelands – Journeys into England’s True Wilderness is a 2012 book by Paul Farley and Michael Symmons Roberts.

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    CD and DVD covers from the film, music and photography project by Karl Hyde and Kieran Evans’ Edgeland/The Outer Edges and a still from the film.

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    Cover of Edward Chell’s 2013 Soft Estate and pages from inside the book.

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    Soft Estate artwork by Edward Chell, featuring plant life illustrations roadside verges/soft estate land laser etched onto brightly chromed exhaust pipes.

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    Paintings from Edward Chell’s Soft Estate project.

    Edward-Chell-Soft-Estate-Bluecoat-Cornerhouse-Little Chef-cafe

    Images from Edward Chell’s Soft Estate book, featuring artwork from the Soft Estate project in Little Chef roadside cafes.

     

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    Chapter 19 Book ImageS: The Ballad of Shirley Collins and Pastoral Noir – Tales and Intertwinings from Hidden Furrows

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    Cover art and back cover text from the albums Folk Routes, New Routes by Davy Graham and Shirley Collins and The Harvest Years and Anthems in Eden, both by Shirley and Dolly Collins.

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    America Over the Water book cover design, in which Shirley Collins documents the time in the late 1950s when she went folk song collecting in the Southern States of the USA with Alan Lomax and a photograph from one of Alan Lomax’s song collecting journeys.

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    Cover art for Shirley Collin’s 2016 album Lodestar and the tracklisting.

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    Poster for the documentary film The Ballad of Shirley Collins, directed by Rob Curry and Tim Plester.

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    Images from The Ballad of Shirley Collins.

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    Cover and inner sleeve art for the vinyl edition of the No Roses album by Shirley Collins and The Albion Country Band, featuring a photograph of Shirley Collins and Ashley Hutchings.

    Early-Morning-Hush-Folk-Underground-Bob-Stanley-album-CD artwork-Shirley Collins-Bob Stanley

    Artwork from the CD compilation Early Morning Hush – Notes from the UK Folk Underground 1969-1976 released in 2006, compiled by Bob Stanley of Saint Etienne and featuring Shirley Collin’s version of Poor Murdered Woman.

    Fountain of Snow-Shirley Collins-Current 93 presents

    Cover art and CD of the Fountain of Snow compilation of Shirley Collins’ work released in 1992 by Durtro / David Tibet of Current 93.

    Horse Rotorvator-Coil-Englands Hidden Reverse-David Keenan

    Cover art of Coil’s Horse Rotorvator album and one of the covers of David Keenan’s book England’s Hidden Reverse, which focused on work by amongst others Coil.

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    Cover art to Shirley Collin’s collaborator’s Cyclobe’s album Sulphur-Tarot-Garden and a photograph of Stephen Thrower and Ossian Brown of Cyclobe.

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    Images from the book Haunted Air, compiled by Ossian Brown of Cyclobe and which featured found photographs of Halloween from previous eras.

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    Image from The Ballad of Shirley Collins trailer, featuring Shirley and Dolly Collins.

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    Images from the exhibition Pastoral Noir, curated by Justin Hopper and exhibited at Wood Street Galleries in Pittsburgh, USA in 2016.

     

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    Chapter 20 Book Images: “Savage Party” and Randall & Hopkirk (Deceased) – Glimpses of Albion in the Overgrowth

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    Images from the folkloric-esque “Savage Party” trailer of British youth-orientated soap opera Hollyoaks.

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    Photograph of band Stealing Sheep and images from the video to their Shut Eye.

    Coco-Rosie-Arthur-Magazine-Devandra Banhart-Joanna Newsom

    Image of the band Coco Rosie from newspaper periodical Arthur, plus Devandra Banhart and Joanna Newsom.

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    Image from the “Halloween on Hollyoaks” trailer which was was in part a homage to Dario Argento’s Suspiria film from 1977.

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    Randall-Hopkirk-Charlie-Higson-Tom-Baker-television series still

    Images from the Randall and Hopkirk (Deceased) television series that was broadcast in 2000-2001, which was produced by Charlie Higson, who also wrote and directed some episodes and starred comedians Vic Reeves and Bob Mortimer alongside Emilia Fox and former Doctor Who Tom Baker.

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    Images from Edgar Wright & Simon Pegg’s Hot Fuzz film of 2007.

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    Cover art from the John Barleycorn Reborn series of dark Britannica compilation albums of wyrd, exploratory, underground etc folk that were released by Cold Spring beginning in 2007.

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    Images from Randall and Hopkirk (Deceased).

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    Rotating from top left: stills from The Wicker Man, The Monster Club, The Curse of the Crimson Altar and Penda’s Fen.

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    Tom Baker as Doctor Who in the 1970s.

    Gareth Thomas-Blakes 7

    Image of Gareth Thomas in the cult science fiction television series Blake’s 7 (1978-1981).

    The League of Gentleman-Royston Vasey sign

    Image from The League of Gentleman television series that was broadcast from 1999-2002.

    The Wicker Man OST soundtrack-Jonny Trunk-Trunk Records-A Year In The Country

    Cover art of the Trunk Records release of The Wicker Man.

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    Image from Randall and Hopkirk (Deceased) and Ken Russell’s film Altered States.

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    Image from the television series Doomwatch and Ken Russell’s Altered States.

    Raiders of the Lost Ark-last scene-warehouseScooby Doo-unmasking

    Image from The Raiders of the Lost Ark film and the animated series Scooby Doo.

     

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    Chapter 21 Book Images: Uncommonly British Days Out and the Following of Ghosts – File under Psychogeographic / Hauntological Stocking Fillers

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    One of the covers to ason Hazeley, Robin Halstead, Joel Morris and Alex Morris’ Bollocks to Alton Towers: Uncommonly British Days Out guide book published in 2005.

    Uncommonly-British-Days-Out-Robin-Halstead-Jason-Hazeley-Alex-Morris-Joel-Morris-Keith-Hardings-World-Of-Mechanical-Music-Apollo-Pavillion

    Images connected to the places visited in the Uncommonly British Days Out books.

    Uncommonly-British-Days-Out-Robin-Halstead-Jason-Hazeley-Alex-Morris-Joel-Morris-book-map

    Map from the Uncomonly British Days Out books.

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    Cover of Mark Fisher’s Ghosts of My Life book and inner sleeve jacket from one of the Uncommonly British Days Out books.

     

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     Chapter 22 Book Images: Gone to Earth – Earlier Traces of an Otherly Albion

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    Poster and costume design artwork from Powel and Pressburger’s film Gone to Earth.

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    Front and back cover of an edition of Mary Webb’s Gone to Earth novel.

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    Stills/publicity image from Gone to Earth and Spanish film poster for the version re-edited at the instigation of producer David O. Selznick, which was known as The Wild at Heart (here translated as Wild Heart).

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    Still of Hazel Woodus, played by Jennifer Jones in Gone to Earth.

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    Still of the local squire and Hazel from Gone to Earth.

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    Still from the “Harp in Heaven” song sequence from Gone to Earth.

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    Sleeve and vinyl of the Finders Keepers Records release of the George Auric and Isla Cameron song “O Willow Waly” from The Innocents.

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    Collage of stills and still from the film Malá Morská Víla/The Little Mermaid.

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    Cover art from the Finders Keepers Records vinyl and download release of extra tracks from the soundtrack to Valerie and her Week of Wonders from 1970.

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    Cover art for Kate Bush’s Red Shoes album, a still from Powell and Pressburger’s 1948 film of the same name and cover art for Kate Bush’s film The Line, the Cross & the Curve.

    David Sylvian-Gone To Earth-album cover art Secrets of the Beehive-David Sylvian-cover art-Vaughan Oliver-Nigel Grierson-23 Envelope-cover art David Sylvian-Taking The Veil-cover art

    Cover art to David Sylvian’s albums Gone to Earth and Secrets of the Beehive (the second of which has artwork by Vaughan Oliver and Nigel Grierson working as 23 Envelope) and his single A Little Girl Dreams of Taking the Veil.

    Rob Young-Electric Eden-book covers-1st edition-2nd edition-US edition

    UK first and later edition and American edition over designs for Rob Young’s book Electric Eden.

    Kate Bush-Never For Ever-album cover artJulian Cope-Fried-album cover artDavid Sylvian-Secrets of the Beehave-back coverTalk Talk-the colour of spring-album cover art

    Cover art for Kate Bush’s album Never for Ever, Julian Cope’s Fried, David Sylvian’s Secrets of the Beehive and Talk Talk’s The Colour of Spring.

     

    Text extracts from Chapter 22 can be viewed here.

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    Chapter 23 Book Images: Queens of Evil, Tam Lin and The Touchables – High Fashion Transitional Psych Folk Horror, Pastoral Fantasy and Dreamlike Isolation

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    Poster/promotional artwork for Queens of Evil aka Le Regine or Il Delitto del Diavolo (1970), Tam Lin aka The Devil’s Widow (1970) and The Touchables (1968).

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    Stills from Queens of Evil.

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    Screengrab from Psychedelic Folkloristic website.

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    1960s/early 1970s (?) fashion by Ossie Clark and Celia Birtwell.

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    Images from Czech New Wave film Daisies (1966).

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    Screenshot from Queens of Evil.

    The Wicker Man-1973-film still-procession

    Image of the procession in The Wicker Man (1973).

    Liefe & Lief-Fairport Convention-album cover art Comus-First Utterance-album cover art

    Cover art for the Liege & Lief by Fairport Convention and First Utterance by Comus.

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    Still of the giant inflatable bubble home from The Touchables (1968) film.

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    Robert Freemantle’s adaptation of The Touchable film and promotional still, also from the film.

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    Still from The Touchables.

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    Collage of stills from The Touchables.

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    Cover art for the Nirvana album All of Us, featuring the track All of Us (The Touchables Theme).

    Performance-1970-Nicholas Roeg-Donald Cammell-James Fox-Anita Pallenberg-Mick Jagger-Michele Breton

    Posters for the film Performance (1970).

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    Stills from The Touchables.

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    Stills from Tam Lin aka The Devil’s Widow (1970)

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    Ava Gardner, Ian McShane, Stephanie Beacham and others  in stills from Tam Lin.

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    Still from the final sequence of Planet of the Apes (1968).

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    Director Roddy McDowell on the set of Tam Lin and as Caesar in Planet of the Apes.

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    Stills from Tam Lin.

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    Still from the opening sequence of the film Psychomania (1973).

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    Promotional still of Pentangle, who created some of the soundtrack for Tam Lin.

     

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    Chapter 24 Book Images: Luke Haines – Our Most Non-Hauntological Hauntologist

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    Collage of images from Luke Haines and The Auteurs book, album, singles and videos.

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    Cover to the 1999 The Auteurs album How I Learned to Love the Bootboys.

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    Cover to Luke Haines’ 2006 solo album Off My Rocker at the Art School Bop.

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    Cover to Luke Haines’ 2011 solo album Nine and a Half Psychedelic Meditations on British Wrestling of the 1970s and early ’80s.

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    Covers for the three Black Box Recorder albums released between 1998 and 2003; England Made Me, The Facts of Life and Passionoia.

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    Cover to Moon Wiring Club’s Shoes Off and Chairs Away and a review in Uncut of the same album by Rob Young, author of Electric Eden.

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    Cover and promotional image for Luke Haines’ British Nuclear Bunkers solo album.

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    Tracklisting for Luke Haines’ British Nuclear Bunkers.

    Luke Haines-Bad Vibes-Post Everything-book covers

    Covers for Luke Haines’ 2009 and 2011 autobiographical books Bad Vibes and Post Everything.

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    Still from a promotional video made to accompany British Nuclear Bunkers.

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    Cover to Luke Haines’ 2015 album Smash the System.

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    Stills from promotional video made to accompany Smash the System.

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    Cover art to Earl Brutus’ single The S.A.S. and the Glam that Goes With It and the album Tonight You Are The Special One. Central image – promotional photograph of Earl Brutus.

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    Still from A Clockwork Orange from 1971.

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    The front and back cover artwork to The Auteurs’ single “The Rubettes” from 1999.

     

    Text extracts from Chapter 24 can be viewed here.

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    Chapter 25 Book Images: Tim Hart, Maddy Prior and “The Dalesman’s Litany” – A Yearning for Imaginative Idylls and a Counterpart to Tales of Hellish Mills

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    Cover art for Tim Hart and Maddy Prior’s Folk Songs of Olde England Volume 1, featuring The Dalesman’s Litany.

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    Image from one of the vinyl editions of Folk Songs of Olde England, featuring Maddy Prior and Tim Hart in silhouette.

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    Packaging for the Night and Dawn editions of the A Year In The Country releases album Fractures, featuring Circle/Temple, Sproatly Smith, Keith Seatman, Listening Center, The British Space Group, The Hare And The Moon ft Alaska / Michael Begg, Time Attendant, The Rowan Amber Mill, Polypores, A Year In The Country and David Colohan.

     

    Text extracts from Chapter 25 can be viewed here.

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    Katalin Varga, Berberian Sound Studio and The Duke of Burgundy – Arthouse Evolution and Crossing the Thresholds of the Hinterland Worlds of Peter Strickland: Chapter 26 Book Images

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    Still from the intro sequence to The Duke of Burgundy, created by Julian House of Intro.

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    Stills from Katalin Varga and Berberian Sound Studio.

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    Still from Berberian Sound Studio.

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    Still from David Cronenberg’s Videodrome, which shares a number of themes with The Duke of Burgundy; the stepping into an altered reality via recorded media and the degradation of its listeners, watchers and participants.

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    Poster for Berberian Sound Studio, by Julian House of Intro.

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    Stills from The Equestrian Vortex, a film within a film, created by Julian House of Intro;

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    Cover art to the soundtrack album for The Duke of Burgundy and a still from the film.

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    Stills from The Duke of Burgundy.

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    Still from the 1979-87 British television sitcom Terry and June – quoted by Peter Strickland as an influence on The Duke of Burgundy.

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    Still from Katalin Varga.

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    Stills from Josephine Decker’s Butter on the Latch film from 2013.

    Still from Katalin Varga.

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    The Scala Cinema in London and one of it’s poster format cinema programmes.

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    A still from The Duke of Burgundy – from a sequence influenced by Stan Brakhage’s Mothlight.

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    Stills from experimental film maker Stan Brakhage’s Mothlight film from 1963, which layered natural elements and insects to create a rapidly moving montage.

     

    Text extracts from Chapter 26 can be viewed here.

     

    General Orders No. 9 and By Our Selves – Cinematic Pastoral Experimentalism: Chapter 27 Book Images
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    Poster and stills from General Orders No. 9 – the 2009 film by Robert Persons.

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    Artwork from God Speed You Black Emperors song “Dead Flag Blues” from their 1997 album F# A# ∞, which in some ways could almost be a companion piece to General Orders No. 9, with its sense of lyrically beautiful apocalyptic dread.

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    Publicity still for Andrew Kötting’s film By Our Selves (2015).

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    Still from By Our Selves.

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    John Clare as played by Toby Jones, who is accompanied by a straw bear and a vintage photograph of somebody wearing a folkloric straw bear costume.

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    Author Alan Moore with the straw bear from the film.

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    A still from the film, featuring the straw bear and Toby Jones.

     

    Text extracts from Chapter 27 can be viewed here.

     

    No Blade of Grass and Z.P.G. – A Curious Dystopian Mini-Genre: Chapter 28 Book Images

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    Film posters for Z.P.G. (1972), Silent Running (1972) and Soylent Green (1973).

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    Film posters for The Omega Man (1971) and Logan’s Run (1976) and DVD cover for the television series Noah’s Castle (1979).

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    Film poster for No Blade of Grass and two different covers for John Christopher’s The Death of Grass novel from 1956, which the film was based on.

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    Image from the title sequence for No Blade of Grass.

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    Stills of biker gang from No Blade of Grass.

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    Stills from No Blade of Grass.

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    Stills from No Blade of Grass’ non-conventional narrative sequences.

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    Overseas poster for Z.P.G.

    The screenplay was by Frank De Felitta and Max Ehrlich – the second of whom also published a novel based on the screenplay called The Edict in 1971 prior to the film’s release, the cover of which is shown above.

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    Overseas poster for Z.P.G. featuring actress Diane Cilento.

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    Lobby card for Z.P.G.

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    Campaign sheet/press book for Z.P.G.

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    Still from the end sequence of Z.P.G.

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    Still from the end sequence of Planet of the Apes (1968).

     

    Text extracts from Chapter 28 can be viewed here.

     

    The Midwich Cuckoos and The Day of the Triffids – John Wyndham, Dystopian Tales, Celluloid Cuckoos and the Village as Anything but Idyll: Chapter 29 Book Images

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    French fim poster for The Village of the Damned, the 1960 film adaptation of John Wyndham’s 1957 novel The Midwich Cuckoos.

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    Stills from The Village of The Damned, including the iconic-ally eyed children.

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    Poster for the film version of Nigel Kneale’s Quatermass and the Pit (1967).

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    Hardback cover for John Wyndham’s The Day of the Triffids book.

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    Promotional artwork for the final series of Nigel Kneale’s Quatermass (1979) and the BFI DVD release of his The Stone Tape (1972).

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    Image from Village of the Damned, including Martin Stephens (second from right in the above still). Still from The Innocents (1961).

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    Still from the title sequence to the 1981 television adaptation of John Wyndham’s The Day of the Triffids and the television tie-in novel’s cover.

     

    Text extracts from Chapter 29 can be viewed here.

     

    Folk Archive and Unsophisticated Arts – Documenting the Overlooked and Unregulated: Chapter 30 Book Images

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    Images from Folk Archive: Contemporary Popular Art (2005), the book featuring work collected by Jeremy Deller and Alan Kane.

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    Photograph from the Jeremy Deller instigated Procession through Manchester and the cover to the English Civil War Part II book.

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    Cover and images from Barbara Jones’ Unsophisticated Arts book, originally released in 1951 and republished in 2013 by Little Toller Books.

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    Cover and images from Barbara Jones’ Unsophisticated Arts book, originally released in 1951 and republished in 2013 by Little Toller Books and the poster of the accompanying Black Eyes & Lemonade exhibition (1951).

     

    Text extracts from Chapter 29 can be viewed here.

     

    Folkloric Photography – A Lineage of Wanderings, Documentings and Imaginings: Chapter 31 Book Images

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    Folkloric photography by Benjamin Stone from the late 19th and early 20th century, when he photographed British traditional customs.

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    Left: photograph by Benjamin Stone. Right: villagers from the 1970 Play for Today television drama Robin Redbreast.

    Published by Gordon Fraser in 1977 ( Isbn 0900406704 ) OUT OF PRINT. I have a few new or nearly new copies left. I am happy to sign and dedicate copies Email me for prices.

    Covers to the British folkloric photography books: Homer Sykes Once a Year: Some Traditional British Customs (1977), Sarah Hannant’s Mummers, Maypoles and Milkmaids: A Journey Through the English Ritual Year (2011), Merry Brownfield’s Merry England – the Eccentricity of English Attire (2012) and Henry Bourne’s Arcadia Britannica: A Modern British Folklore Portrait (2015).

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    Image from Homer Sykes Once a Year, a collection of photographs from seven years of journeying around Britain, reissued in 2016 by Dewi Lewis Publishing.

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    Procession and folkloric ritual photographs from Sarah Hannant’s Mummers, Maypoles and Milkmaids book.

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    Images from Merry Brownfield’s Merry England book of folkloric and traditional rituals, costumes, work outfits etc.

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    Images from Henry Bourne’s Arcadia Britannica, a collection of generally posed portraits of those in folkloric costume.

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    Cover and images from Charles Fréger’s Wilder Mann: The Image of the Savage originally published in 2012 by Dewi Lewis Publishing.

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    Actor in yeti/abominable snowman costume from 1970s British BBC television series Doctor Who.

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    Images from Axel Hoedt’s book Once a Year from 2013 which focuses on folkloric rituals and costumes from the Swabian Alemannic carnival known as Fasnacht, Fastnacht or Fasnet, a custom in southwest Germany.

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    Folkloric costumes and rituals from Estelle Hanania’s Glacial Jubilé book (2013).Photograph from the project SenselessLaura Thompson-Senseless-1

    Images from Laura Thompson’s Senseless photography series from 2016 in which she produced staged photographs of figures in the landscape dressed in costumes made from disposable manmade objects, which recall European folkloric or mythical costume but refracted through a science fiction-esque lens.

     

    Text extracts from Chapter 31 can be viewed here.

     

    Poles and Pylons and The Telegraph Pole Appreciation Society – A Continuum of Accidental Art: Chapter 32 Book Images

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    Images from Telegraph Pole Appreciation Society website.

     

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    Image from the Telegraph Poles and Electricity Pylons website.

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    Cover to Rob Young’s Electric Eden book from 2010 and the accompanying compilation album, both of  which depict a farmer ploughing the land in a traditional horse-drawn manner under the gaze of electricity pylons.

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    Photograph of an abandoned railway station from the website Disused Stations.

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    Logo for Subterranea Britannica and the covers Cold War Bunkers book by Nick Catford (published by Subterranea Britannica) and The Royal Observer Corps Underground Monitoring Posts by Mark Dalton.

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    Covers to the two editions of The Music Library book, which collects the covers of music library albums. Compiled by Jonny Trunk and published by FUEL.

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    Images from Jeremy Deller and Alan Kane’s Folk Archive book (2005).

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    The cover of Barbara Jones Unsophisticated Arts book (1951) and the associated Black Eyes and Lemonade exhibition.

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    Cover of Christopher Herwig’s Soviet Bus Stops book published in 2015 by FUEL.

     

    Text extracts from Chapter 32 can be viewed here.

     

    Symptoms and Images – Hauntological Begetters, the Uneasy Landscape and Gothic Bucolia: Chapter 33 Book Images

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    The British Film Institute’s Flipside strand of DVD/Blu-ray releases logo and a selection of the discs.

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    Stills from the BFI Flipside releases films Requiem for a Village and Beat Girl.

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    Cover for the BFI Flipside release of José Ramón Larraz film Symptoms (1974) and a still from the film featuring actress Angela Pleasance.

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    Still from Symptoms.

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    Still from Symptoms and the poster for Peter Strickland’s film The Duke of Burgundy (designed by Julian House of Intro design agency/Ghost Box Records).

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    Still from Symptoms featuring Angela Pleasance.

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    Poster for The Duke of Burgundy featuring actress Chiara D’Anna who plays one of the main characters in The Duke Of Burgundy.

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    Pages from fashion photographer Deborah Turbeville’s book Past Imperfect, published by Steidl.

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    Still from Symptoms.

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    Cover of Film Quarterly magazine featuring Susannah York in Robert Altman’s film Images (1972).

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    Arrow Blu-ray release of Images, featuring artwork by Twins of Evil and a still from the film.

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    Exterior/landscape stills from Images.

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    Interior still from Images.

     

    Text extracts from Chapter 33 can be viewed here.

     

    The Spirit of Dark and Lonely Water – Public Information Films and Lost Municipal Paternalisms: Chapter 34 Book Images

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    Still from Public Information Film The Spirit of Dark and Lonely Water (1973).

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    DVD cover for the Charley Says release of 280 Public Information Films from the Central Office of Information Archives.

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    Cover and contents for the book Scarred For Life – Growing Up in the Dark Side of the Decade – Volume One: The 1970s, by Stephen Brotherstone and Dave Lawrence, published in 2017.

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    Still from the final scene of The Wicker Man, featuring the characters Sergeant Howie, Miss Rose, Lord Summerisle and Willow (played by Edward Woodward, Diane Cilento, Christopher Lee and Britt Ekland).

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    Still from The Spirit of Dark and Lonely Water.

     

    Text extracts from Chapter 34 can be viewed here.

     

    Magpahi, Paper Dollhouse and The Eccentronic Research Council – Finders Keepers/Bird Records Nestings and Considerations of Modern Day Magic: Chapter 35 Book Images

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    Cover to Magpahi’s (Alison Cooper) Magpahi EP compilation, released by Jane Weaver’s Bird Records in collaboration with Finders Keepers Records in 2008 and the Watchbird Alluminate album by Jane Weaver Septiéme Souer (2011), featuring Demdike Stare, The Focus Group, Emma Tricca, Wendy Flower, Susan Christie, Amworth Kirk, Magpahi and Samandtheplants.

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    Cover and packaging design for the cassette album Devon Folklore Tapes Vol. IV – Rituals and Practices, featuring Magpahi and Paper Dollhouse.

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    Soundtrack album covers for Peter Stickland’s films Berberian Sound Studio and The Duke of Burgundy, created by Broadcast and Cat’s Eyes respectively. Cover design/artwork by Julian of Intro design agency / Ghost Box Records.

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    Cover for Natural Lancashire / Supernatural Lancashire album released in 2009 by Finders Keepers records; a collaborative work by Alison or A. Cooper (Magpahi) and Folklore Tapes collaborator and co-founder of the Hood Faire record label Sam McLoughlin (samantheplants).

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    Publicity photograph of Crystal Mirrors – Alison Cooper and Gwendolen Osmond, whose work was jointly released by Folklore Tapes and Hood Faire.

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    Covers to various albums featuring work by Magpahi; Mistletoe & Cold Winter Skies released by Was Ist Das? in 2014 and several A Year In The Country released themed compilations; The Forest/The Wald (2016) and All The Merry Year Round and The Quietened Cosmologists (both 2017).

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    Finders Keepers Records logo.

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    Publicity still of Jane Weaver for the album The Fallen by Watchbird (costume/aesthetic also featured in The Fallen by Watchbird video by kluncklick).

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    Cover and vinyl of the “O Willow Waly” / “Et Mourir de Plaisir / Blood & Roses” single released by Finders Keepers in 2013. Music by George Auric and Isla Cameron and Jean Prodromidés respectively, also respectively taken from the films The Innocents (1961) and Et Mourir de Plaisir / Blood & Roses (1960).

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    Cover and CD for Paper Dollhouse’s A Box Painted Black (2012), released by Bird Records in collaboration with Finders Keepers Records. Recorded by Astrud Steehouder working as solo artist.

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    Left – still from 1988 film Paperhouse. Right –  image from 1972 television series Escape into the Night. Centre image – cover to Catherine Storr’s 1958 novel Marianne Dream,  which both film and the series are based on

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    Cover to the The Eccentronic Research Council’s 1612 Underture album, released in 2012 by Bird Records.

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    Adrian Flanagan, Maxine Peake and Dean Honer of The Eccentronic Research Council.

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    Cover to Kings Have Long Arms and Phil Oakey’s Rock and Roll is Dead single, Add N To (X)’s Avant Hard and I Monster’s Daydream in Blue.

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    CD and inner sleeve of 1612 Underture.

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    Stills from the extended video/film by kluncklick which accompanied the 1612 Underture album.

     

    Text extracts from Chapter 35 can be viewed here.

     

    Vashti Bunyan – From Here to Before – Whispering Fairy Stories until They are Real: Chapter 36 Book Images

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    Poster/flyer design for cinema showings of the Vashti Bunyan: From Here to Before (2008) documentary made by Kieran Evans.

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    Poster artwork for the film Finisterre by Kieran Evans and Paul Kelly in collaboration with Saint Etienne.

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    Cover artwork for the Some Things Just Stick In Your Mind compilation of Vashti Bunyans singles and demos, plus early vinyl singles.

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    Promotional photographs, charts and text of Vashti Bunyan.

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    Vashti Bunyan and her boyfriend Robert Lewis travelling in the horse and cart which they used to travel to the Hebridean Islands.

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    Devendra Banhart and  Joanna Newsom – musicians influenced by Vashti Bunyan, who have been loosely connected under the label “freak folk”.

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    Covers for the Vashti Bunyan albums Lookaftering (2005) and Heartleap (2014) – both released by Fatcat.

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    Cover art for Vashti Bunyan’s Just Another Diamond Day album and recording studio sheets.

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    Vashti Bunyan on her stage post 2000.

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    Vashti Bunyan’s 1960s producer Joe Boyd and artist John James who was one of her companions for parts of her journey to the Hebridean islands.

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    Image from From Here to Before of Vashti Bunyan and her partner in their folkloric, late 1960s-esque, gypsy like garb.

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    Image of Vashti Bunyan from From Here to Before.

     

    Text extracts from Chapter 36 can be viewed here.

     

    The Owl Service, Anne Briggs, The Watersons, Lutine and Audrey Copard – Folk Revisiters, Revivalists and Re-interpreters: Chapter 37 Book Images

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    Cover art for the albums Jane Weaver Septième Soeur’s Fallen by Watch Bird (2010), the acid folk compilation Gather in the Mushrooms (2004) and The Owl Service’s The View from a Hill (2010).

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    Cover art and booklet for The Owl Service album The View from a Hill.

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    Promotional photograph of Mellow Candle, cover art for Nancy Wallace’s Old Stories album and The Straw Bear Band’s Vexed Soul EP.

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    Image from The Owl Service television series and cover to the television tie-in release of the book. Cover of Jeanette Leech’s Seasons They Change – The Story of Acid and Psychedelic Folk book.

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    Photograph of singer Anne Briggs.

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    Covers for Anne Briggs’ eponymous album and The Time Has Come albums.

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    Title image from Travelling for a Living, a 1966 documentary by Derrick Knight that focuses on folk band The Watersons.

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    Image from Travelling for a Living of a folk club audience.

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    Photographs of The Watersons, circa the making of Travelling for a Living.

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    Eugene Doyen’s photographs of the 1980s Medway garage punk scene, featuring amongst others The Milkshakes, Bruce Brand, Billy Childish, Micky Hampshire, Tracy Emin and Sexton Ming.

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    Photographs of Cecil Sharp House – The English Folk Dance and Song Society.

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    Cover art for Lutine’s White Flowers album, released by Front & Follow.

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    Cover art for the 4AD released albums His Name Is Alive’s Livonia and The Moon and the Melodies by Harold Budd, Elizabeth Fraser, Robin Guthrie and Simon Raymond (The Cocteaua Twins), featuring artwork Vaughan Oliver and Nigel Grierson working as 23 Envelope.

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    Cover and sleeve of Audrey Copard’s 1956 folk revival album titled English Folk Songs.

     

    Text extracts from Chapter 37 can be viewed here.

     

    The Seasons, Jonny Trunk, the BBC Radiophonic Workshop and Howlround – A Yearning for Library Music, Experiments in Educational Music and Tape Loop Tributes: Chapter 38 Book Images

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    Members of The Radiophonic Workshop.

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    Covers of the albums The Radiophonic Workshop by BBC Radiophonic Workshop and The Seasons by Ronald Duncan and David Cain. Cover of the first edition of the book The Music Library, compiled and curated by Jonny Trunk.

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    Members of BBC Radiophonic Workshop, including Daphne Oram.

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    Doctor Who television series intro, featuring music created by Delia Derbyshire in 1963 utilising Ron Grainer’s score.

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    Images from Simon Reynold’s article “Haunted Audio” that focused on hauntological music and culture – printed in the November 2006 issue of Wire magazine.

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    Sleeve art for the Glo-Spot Electrosonic album.

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    Sleeve art for Tummy Touch Records’ albums featuring music from the KPM music library.

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    Jonny Trunk of Trunk Records.

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    Sleeve art from the Trunk Records library music-related releases; The Super Sounds of Bosworth (1996) which brings together work from The Bosworth Music Archive, G-Spots (2009) which is subtitled “The spacey folk electro-horror sounds of the Studio G Library”, Dawn of the Dead (2004) – the soundtrack of which used library music in part from the Music De Wolfe label and Stand by for Adverts (2011), subtitled “Rare Jingles, Jazz and Advertising Electronics” and which features work by Barry Gray.

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    Covers to the 2005 and 2016 editions of The Music Library book; published by FUEL, compiled and curated by Jonny Trunk.

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    Cover of The Trunk Records’ release of Ronald Duncan and David Cain’s The Seasons album and a photograph of David Cain.

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    Covers of the Trunk Records releases Carl Orff & Gunild Keetman’s Music for Children/Schulwerk and Classroom Projects, both released in 2013.

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    Sleeve art from the album The Langley Schools Music Project Innocence & Despair.

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    Logos for Jonny Trunk’s long-running The OST Show on radio station Resonance FM and Trunk Records.

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    Cover art for the single Do it the Safety Way by Max Bygraves with the Grimethorpe Colliery Band, From the Bunker – an album compiled by Andrew Weatherall and artwork by Pete Fowler.

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    Cover art to the Ghost Box Records released Mind How You Go by The Advisory Circle, Ghost Box Record’s logo, an image from the television series The Changes, artwork from a Moon Wiring Club release and a photograph of Broadcast from Wire magazine.

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    Covers of the Howlround album Ghosts of Bush, the label from the album and related promotional material.

     

    Text extracts from Chapter 38 can be viewed here.

     

    An Old Soul Returns – The Worlds and Interweavings of Kate Bush: Chapter 39 Book Images

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    Image from the introduction to television series Bagpuss (1974) made by Smallfilms and the cover art for Kate Bush’s Never for Ever album.

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    Image from one of the promotional videos which accompanied the single release of Kate Bush’s Wuthering Heights.

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    Cover art for Kate Bush’s single breathing, promotional image for The Ninth Wave section of her The Hounds of Love album and image of her from the Experiment IV single’s promotional video.

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    Cover art for Kate Bush’s Cloudbusting single and an image from its promotional video.

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    Different covers for Peter Reich’s A Book of Dreams memoir and images and from Kate Bush’s Cloudbusting single’s promotional video.

     

    Text extracts from Chapter 39 can be viewed here.

     

    The Stone Tape, Quatermass, The Road and The Twilight Language of Nigel Kneale – Unearthing Tales from Buried Ancient Pasts: Chapter 40 Book Images

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    Sleeve of the BFI DVD release of Nigel Kneale’s Stone Tape.

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    Website masthead image from The Folk Horror Revival website.

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    Logo of record label Stone Tape Recordings, cover art for The Owl Service’s The View from a Hill album and sleeve art and vinyl of Iain Sinclair’s Stone Tape Shuffle album released by Test Centre in 2012.

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    Image which accompanied the 2015 BBC Radio production of Nigel Kneale’s Stone Tape.

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    Cover art for the soundtrack album of Berberian Sound Studio, featuring music by Broadcast, cover art for The Equestrian Vortex music release by Andrew Liles and the England’s Hidden Reverse book by David Keenan.

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    Promotional image from television series Life on Mars (2006-2007) and title sequence of The Last Train (1999)

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    Poster for the film Quatermass and the Pit (1967).

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    Cover art for the Ghost Box Record’s release of The Séance at Hobs Lane by Mount Vernon Arts Lab.

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    Title and credit sequence images for Nigel Kneale’s final series of Quatermass.

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    Image from the title sequence of the television series Noah’s Castle (1979).

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    Image from Nigel Kneale’s lost television play The Road (1963).

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    Cover of the We are the Martians: The Legacy of Nigel Kneale book, edited by Neil Snowdon.

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    Covers for the books We are the Martians: The Legacy of Nigel Kneale, the two editions of Into the Unknown: The Fantastic Life of Nigel Kneale by Andy Murray and published by Headpress, Kim Newman’s Quatermass and the Pit published by the BFI in 2014 and the collection of essays The Twilight Language of Nigel Kneale, which was edited by Sukhdev Sandhu, published by Strange Attractor and Texte und Töne and designed by Seen Studios.

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    Cover of The Twilight Language of Nigel Kneale book and the accompanying cassette tape Restligests, featuring specially-composed work by The Asterism, Emma Hammond, Hong Kong In The 60s, Listening Center, The Real Tuesday Weld, Robin The Fog of Howlround and Mordant Music.

     

    Text extracts from Chapter 40 can be viewed here.

     

    Folklore Tapes and the Wyrd Britannia Festival – Journeying to Hidden Corners of the Land/the Ferrous Reels and Explorations of an Arcane Research Project: Chapter 41 Book Image

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    Folklore Tapes logo and masthead.

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    Cover art for various Folklore Tapes releases including “Mid-Winter Rites & Revelries”, “Inland Water”, “Ornithology”, “Memories of Hurstwood” and “Stanton Drew Stone Circle”.

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    Packaging for Folklore Tapes Vo. IV – Rituals & Practices, featuring work by Magpahi and Paper Dollhouse.

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    Flyer for the Wyrd Britannia festival of 2012 that took place in Halifax and Hebden Bridge. Organised by James Glossop, the festival was to mark the relaunch of the Calderdale libraries Wyrd Britannia collection of films, books and music.

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    DVD covers and a still from films/programmes shown as part of Wyrd Britannia; The Wicker Man (1973), Robin Redbreast (1970) and Penda’s Fen (1974).

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    Cover art to the eponymously titled single by Magpahi, the Tales from the Black Meadow book of stories by Chris Lambert published in 2013 and Andy Roberts’ book Albion Dreaming.

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    Artwork and images from the Tales from the Black Meadow album and project.

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    Poster and images from the Echo of Light performance from the Wyrd Britannia festival; presented by Folklore Tapes and featuring Alison Cooper (Magpahi), Sam McLouglin (who also performs as Samandtheplants and co-oversees the record label Hood Faire) and David Chatton Barker.

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    Items from the Calderdale libraries Wyrd Britannia collection, which were on display at the Wyrd Britannia festival; including a number of Quatermass films, The Miners Hymn (2010), albums by 1960s/1970s acid folk band Forest, The Owl Service’s fine folk revisiting album The View from a Hill (2010), a 3 disc DVD reissue of The Wicker Man, The Stone Tape (1972), Trembling Bells Abandoned Love (2010), Broadcast and the Focus Group Investigate Witch Cults of the Radio Age (2009) and the Gather in the Mushrooms compilation of underground 1960s/early 1970s acid folk released in 2004.

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    Books from the Wyrd Britannia collection which were also on display, including Bob Pegg’s (of the early 1970s the-darker-shade-of-folk band Mr Fox) Rites and Riots (1981), George Stewart Evan’s The Pattern Under the Plough (1966), Alfred Watkins’ The Old Straight Track and The Cylinder Musical-Box Handbook (1968) by Graham Webb.

     

    Text extracts from Chapter 41 can be viewed here.

     

    Skeletons – Pastoral Preternatural Fiction and a World, Time and Place of its Own Imagining: Chapter 42 Book Images

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    Poster and DVD cover for Nick Whitfield’s Skeletons film.

    The plot involves two suited, slightly shabby (or even seedy in one case), privately-contracted investigators who walk through the British countryside to visit couples and others who want to exhume and clear out the secrets and skeletons in one another’s closets before for example getting married.

    This is done via visiting a form of portals to the couples’ histories, that are accessed through the cupboards in their houses and which allow the investigators to view and experience the hidden parts of their customers lives.

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    Poster for the 2012 film The Wall / Die Wand.

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    Poster for the 1984 film Ghostbusters – Skeletons has been described as a very British Ghostbusters; if you were to put the comedic paranormal investigators story of Ghostbusters through a British pastoral and independent film filter, it might just come out a little like this.”

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    Still of two of the main investigator characters at work, about to visit one of the portals.

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    Still from the film of the boss of the investigators.

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    Stil from the film of the boat which one of the investigators lives in.

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    Promotional images from the 1979-1982 British television series Sapphire & Steel; both Sapphire & Steel and Skeletons deal with a pairing of investigators who in some ways could be said to be working with problems based around a modern updating of supernatural concerns and stories.

     

    Text extracts from Chapter 42 can be viewed here.

     

    Field Trip-England – Jean Ritchie, George Pickow and Recordings from the End of an Era: Chapter 43 Book Images

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    Cover and vinyl disc of the 1960 album Field Trip-England; released by Folkways it contains recordings made by Jean Ritchie and George Pickow as they travelled around England recording literally the music of the folk of the land.

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    Left: image taken from the booklet that accompanies Field Trip-Engand. Right: “The Fool” character from the Haxey Hood traditional folklore celebration.

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    Back cover and vinyl disc label of Field Trip-England.

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    Jean Ritchie recording music contained on the album and the cover to the booklet that accompanies it.

     

    Text extracts from Chapter 43 can be viewed here.

     

    Noah’s Castle – A Slightly Overlooked Artifact and Teatime Dystopias: Chapter 44 Book Images

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    Still from the opening sequence to the 1979 British television series Noah’s Castle, based on John Rowe’s 1975 novel.

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    Left-right: television series related images; cover to the DVD of The Owl Service, stills from the opening sequences of Children of the Stones and The Changes, publicity booklet for Sky, cover to the BFI DVD release of The Stone Tape.

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    Image of the family home from Noah’s Castle.

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    Posters for a 1970s mini-genre of largely cinematic science fiction that dealt with societal, ecological and resource collapse, overpopulation and the resulting attempts at control: Z.P.G. (1972), Silent Running (1972), Soylent Green (1973), Logan’s Run (1976) and No Blade of Grass (1970).

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    Stills from the end credit sequence of Noah’s Castle.

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    Poster for the 2012 film The Hunger Games.

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    Still from Noah’s Castle.

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    Title credit for the television series Quatermass (1979).

     

    Text extracts from Chapter 44 can be viewed here.

     

     

    To be continued throughout 2018…

     

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  • A Year In The Country at Electronic Sound – Wanderings Amongst Escapee Phantoms and the Layers Under the Land: Artifact Report #51/52a:

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    Over this year and last, the A Year In The Country album releases have received a fair old bit of support from Electronic Sound magazine.

    So, with the year coming to an end and this year’s final A Year In The Country release – All The Merry Year Round –  having recently been written about in issue 36, the last of the year, I thought that about now would be a good time to gather together the reviews in the magazine…

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    On Fractures: “A skillfully weighted blend of dark folklore and synthesised experimentation…”

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    On The Restless Field: “…a wonderfully curated concept album that rips up the green grass of the idyllic countryside and forces you to consider the darker undergrowth. Beautifully unnerving stuff.”

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    On From The Furthest Signals: “The ghosts are out of the machines.”

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    On Undercurrents: “The countryside is often over romanticised, usually by those who don’t live there. A Year In The Country has dug a little deeper and hit on something much more profound to end up, if you’lll excuse the pun, in a field of his own.”

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    On The Quietened Cosmologists: “Another issue, another release from the ever excellent A Year In The Country…”

    (Why thankyou, good sirs !)

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    On All The Merry Year Round: “And my, what a way to end 2017… Albion’s hauntology has never sounded so bewitching.”

    Which seems like something of a good note to end this post on.

    Thanks and a tip of the hat to all at and who have written the pieces for Electronic Sound, in particular Push, Neil Mason, Finlay Milligan and Ben Willmott.

    Also to everybody who created the music: Circle/Temple, Sproatly Smith, Keith Seatman, Listening Center, The British Space Group, The Hare And The Moon, Alaska, Michael Begg, Time Attendant, The Rowan Amber Mill, Polypores, David Colohan, Howlround, Field Lines Cartographer, Vic Mars, Bare Bones, Assembled Minds, Grey Frequency, Endurance, Pulselovers, Depatterning, Sharron Kraus, Magpahi, Unit One, Cosmic Neighbourhood, Jo Lepine and United Bible Studies and The Séance.

    Visit Electronic Sound here.

    The albums can be perused at our