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Rick Chafen
01/05/1950 - 24/10/2020
A brief US Histo(u)ry - Rick Chafen - Facelift 11, 1993 (contains traces of daevid allen (12 selves), Divided Alien Clockwork Band, Magick Brothers, Mother Gong (Robot Woman), Gilli Smyth, Harry Williamson, Gong (Manifestival), Yochk'o Seffer, Zu Band, National Health, Georgio Gomelsky, Kevin Ayers, Richard Sinclair, Caravan of Dreams, Phil Miller, Fred Baker, Didier Malherbe, Shyamal Maitra, Soft Machine, Peter Hamill, Jimi Hendrix, Bob Dylan, Robert Fripp, Bill Bruford, Tim Blake, Thom the Poet, Dave Stewart, …

Andy Anderson
30/01/1951 - 26/02/2019
, YouTube
drums : Nik Turner's Sphynx, Steve Hillage Band, more… Discogs, NME, Rolling Stone, Wikipedia
"I just thought about him the other day and I find out now that Andy Anderson died earlier today, his involvement with the Alt Rock movement was so important and needs to be talked about way more." [tweet by SatanLaurenttt]
Jonny Greene : "I met Andy over 45 years ago and seem to remember him getting his first drum kit - or at least he was SO excited at getting a kit it seemed like his first, I can't remember - but he was an enthusiastic, friendly guy. Andy lived in the same street of squats as Keith the Bass in Twickenham. He shared a house with a future girl-friend of mine who he kept a benign weather eye on. Harry Williamson says it was he introduced Andy to Steve Hillage, although Steve remembers it differently. I don't know I wasn't there. It was all part of the Nik Turner Sphynx or pre-Sphynx collective - Steffe Sharpstrings, also part of that scene, was very sad when I told him of Andy's passing. Even though I had not seen Andy for decades, he just was one of those types of people you remember fondly. I always imagined we'd meet again because of the Hillage connection. But not to be - Go well Andy."
Nik Turner : "Here is the extremely sad announcement of the Tragic death of the Fab Drummer, Mr Andy Anderson, he always loves a Laugh, I'm very sad about him dying, but am equally sure he's very happy now, we love you Andy, from Nik and all your friends, xxxxxxx"

Gavin da Blitz
d: 18/01/2018
Here & Now + Planetgong Floating Anarchy synthesizer wizard : Hawkwind Forum (from Keith the Bass), Discogs, Wikipedia

Phil Miller
22/01/1949 - 18/10/2017
Canterbury Legend Phil Miller Remembered : Sid Smith, Prog Magazine

gilli smyth
01/06/1933 - 22/08/2016
Mother Gong - Shakti Yoni, space whisperer…

Giorgio Gomelsky
28/02/1934 - 13/01/2016
manager, promoter

1978 : Gong's first USA gig, the 'Manifestival', was a Giorgio Gomelski production.

daevid allen speaks of Giorgio in several interviews: with Soft Machine (from 2010?), in March 2005, and diario del alieno 1 from October 1998. Giorgio also figures in our brief Gong history.

Friday 18-04-2003 : daevid allen reads poetry at Giorgio's New York city studio (a benefit for Greenpeace) - 2003 gig archive.

Obituaries and Biographies : Billboard, San Francisco Examiner, Guardian UK, Mojo, New York Times, Ultimate Classic Rock, Wikipedia

daevid allen
Thu 13/01/1938 - Fri 13/03/2015
12 selves - Bert Camembert, Captain Capricorn, daevideo, Dingo Virgin, Dingo Wombat, Divided Alien, … Zero the Hero.

Steve Higgins aka 'Pragito'
21/05/1955 - 29/04/2014
aged not quite 59 years
Thandoy, Karmakanix, Guitar Fever, House of Thandoy…

Invisible Music : download live recordings
Adventures of Merlin the Cat : audio books

Osho News (obit, with comments)
"At Home With Gizmo" [video, 24 minutes] - a film project Steve made with a homeless man. Only known showing was 07/05/2005 at The Loft, Crouch End, London. Many thanks to Steve Teers of Diva Pictures Ltd, London (video + TV production services), for uploading this.

concert videos: Thandoy

Carmeta Mansilla
19/03/1954 - 16/03/2014
Best known as lead singer for the folk band Can AM des Puig on the Book of AM and Intxixu projects featuring daevid allen and Gilli Smyth. One of the great voices of folk music.
Backwards 7 radio special: Book Of AM, Book Of Intxixu - unreleased songs by Carmeta, daevid allen, Gilli Smyth.
In memoriam: (Spanish)

Kevin Ayers
16/08/1944 - 18/02/2013
singer-songwriter : Wikipedia, Wilde Flower LA Weekly, 1998

UK free festival musician, prolific photographer, and artist - one of the chroniclers of our times.

Jezaland | 2003 interview | Jezaland Records

Hugh Hopper
29/04/1945 - 07/06/2009
bass : Wikipedia

Suze da Blooz
11/02/1950 - 19/08/2007
Here & Now vocalist, dancer : biography · photos · further photos · Jezaland gallery photos · remembrances · farewell gathering

Pip Pyle
04/04/1950 - 28/08/2006
Drummer, lyricist : tributes

Elton Dean
28/10/1945 - 08/02/2006
Saxophone : Wikipedia | Culture Jazz FR : homage

Pierre Moerlen
23/10/1952 - 03/05/2005
Drums and percussion : tributes

Lady June
03/06/1931 - 07/06/1999
Poet, painter, performer, lecturer, landlady, eccentric, … : biography · obituary