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artwork Steve Davis & Kavus Torabi
Medical Grade Music [book]

'an evangelistic alliance on the furthest frontiers of underground music'

Meeting in the mid-2000's at a Magma gig, "the foundation of not only a firm friendship, but also the most infectiously inclusive broadcasting style since the much-mourned death of John Peel."

artwork Steve Hillage Box-set - SOLD OUT
all gone, finito
friday 12/02
The Searching For The Spark box-set has now sold out. There are no copies left at the distributors. All 2500 copies are out there somewhere, a dwindling number with retailers.

artwork Preparatory Flying Teapot sketch discovered
Fragment of original artwork
tuesday 15/12

Printing the huge Flying Teapot poster prompted the question, whatever happened to daevid's original painting? As is so often the way with such things I imagine that it eventually ended up in the rubbish bin of the album sleeve printers repro department in the 70s. So the recent realisation that this drawing, which has been in the GAS archives forever, is almost certainly a fragment of the original sheet of the Flying Teapot cover painting came as a delightful surprise.

This delicate little postcard sized sketch is on piece of high quality French watercolour paper, embossed with the name of the manufacturers, Papeteries F.Bayon Moiran. The size of the embossing indicates that it is from a large sheet of paper as the embossed name is usually proportional to the paper size. Along the top edge of the paper, where it has been cut, is a pencil line and splashes of water-colour paint from the illustration which was above. The splashes are the same shade of blue as used on Flying Teapot cover painting, and the drawing itself is readily recognisable as the same as the cover.

Although it cannot be definitively proven, surely this is daevid's preliminary sketch from the bottom edge of the paper he prepared for the Flying Teapot cover painting.

artwork Normal For Glastonbury
new book by local author
tuesday 1/12
If you are intrigued by Glastonbury, amused at Avalonians look no further than this wonderful book by one time GAS helper/employee/prisoner Vicki Steward. Humourous, illuminating, mind boggling - and that's just the author - Vikki's insightful and compassionately truthful take on the various tribes, characters and oddities of our maddeningly unique town is a total joy. £9.99 + p&p direct from the author or in the books bazaar

artwork Flying Teapot Poster
wednesday 03/12

Huge Flying Teapot Poster rolled in uncrushable mailing tubes!

Printing a huge vibrant poster version of daevid's iconic Flying Teapot LP cover painting has been on the GAS wish list for ages - tis now done. The 'Love From The Planet Gong' Box-Set is for scale - the photo-bombing Clanger lives in the office, along with the impossible to photograph pixies, who are, of course, invisible.

If posters are out of reach there's always Flying Teapot and Gong Mandala stickers and badges