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Bureau of Lost Culture collect curious, rare, and half forgotten countercultural stories.Join host Stephen Coates of The Real Tuesday Weld and guest for conversations and tales from the Underground + www.bureauofostculture.com

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Bureau of Lost Culture collect curious, rare, and half forgotten countercultural stories.Join host Stephen Coates of The Real Tuesday Weld and guest for conversations and tales from the Underground + www.bureauofostculture.com

    Rebel Threads: Dressing the Counterculture

    Rebel Threads: Dressing the Counterculture

    ROGER BURTON started out working on a farm and ended up running a Horse Hospital. No, he’s not a vet but has spent most of his life clothing, collecting and curating the counterculture.  Along the way, he has designed shops for Vivienne Westwood and Malcolm McLaren, provided the clothes for Quadrophenia, and Absolute Beginners, dressed the New Romantics, styled 100s of pop videos and given a leg up to many fringe artists (inc. me). We dig deep into Rebel Threads, his amazing book and collection of youth culture clothing from the 1920s - 1980s, hear about the birth of Mod, selling gear to the Kings Road boutiques of the 60s and 70s and how the actual 18th century Horse Hospital he runs has provided a venue for 27 years worth of unparalleled radical, fringe gigs, film, exhibitions and happenings in central London. And how, despite wide support across both the mainstream culture and the counterculture, it is facing closure due to the usual sad London story of property developer greed.) For more on Roger, Rebel Threads and The Horse Hospitalhttp://thehosrsehospital.com For more on the Bureau of Lost Culturewww.bureauoflostculture.com 

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    Days in the Life: The Language of Counterculture

    Days in the Life: The Language of Counterculture

    Chick.Trip.Dope, Pad. Heavy. Cool. Scene. Man. Beat. Freak. Weed. Bang. Square. Blast. Cat. Gas! In an action packed episode, we spend a Soho afternoon with 'Mr Slang’ Jonathon Green discussing his amazing life in the counterculture, writing for Rolling Stone and the underground magazines including IT, OZ and Friends.  Then we dig deep into his ground breaking catalogue of the counterculture: ‘Days in the Life: Voices from the English Underground' with its interviews of over a hundred figures involved in the counterculture including Paul McCartney, Barry Miles and Jenny Fabian. And, as Jonathon is our foremost lexicographer of slang, he takes us on wander into the weird and wonderful world of countercultural language, exploring where all those hippie and beatnik words came from and discovering why ‘F**k' is not in fact a swear word. For more on Jonathon’s bookshttp://jonathongreen.co.uk For more on Jonathon’s Slang Dictionarieshttps://greensdictofslang.com For more on the Bureau of Lost Culturewww.bureauoflostculture.com  

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    Tonite Let's All Make Love in London: The Films of Peter Whitehead

    Tonite Let's All Make Love in London: The Films of Peter Whitehead

    Peter Whitehead was an innovative English writer and filmmaker who documented the counterculture in London and New York in the late 1960s. His film Wholly Communion captured The International Poetry Incarnation, a groundbreaking event at The Royal Albert Hall in 1965 that was to prove pivotal in the evolution of the underground  scene. The film featured poetry readings by Beat poets including Allen Ginsberg, Michael Horovitz, Adrian Mitchell and Lawrence Ferlinghetti and established Whitehead as the London counterculture’s 'Man With a Movie Camera’. Film event producer Marek Pytel walks us through Whtehead's life and work including the iconic 'Tonite Let's All Make Love in London’ documentary that helped define the "swinging London" scene of the sixties with psychedelic performances and interviewees including Pink Floyd, John Lennon, Yoko Ono, Mick Jagger, Vanessa Redgrave, Lee Marvin, Julie Christie, Allen Ginsberg, Eric Burdon, Michael Caine and many others. We hear how Whitehead went onto film with The Rolling Stones and Jimi Hendrix and to make provocative work about the countercultural protest movement in late 60s New York before making an extraordinary career swerve. For More on Marek Pytel's work see www.realityfilm.co.uk For more on the Bureau of Lost Culturewww.bureauoflostculture.com 

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    The Mysteries of T. C. Lethbridge

    The Mysteries of T. C. Lethbridge

    One our foremost living writers on the esoteric, Gary Lachman, enters the Bureau purportedly to talk about one of our most important, if rather forgotten, dead  writers on the esoteric, T C Lethbridge. We do get around to exploring Lethbridges's various incarnations as a rogue psychic archaeologist, dowser and parapsychologist but only after some serious digressions into Gary’s various incarnations including his time playing bass for Blondie in mid 70s New York.  We hear how he was escorted out of David Bowie’s loft apartment by two glamorous bodyguards after a disagreement over Lethbridge, delve into the meaning of ‘Counterculture’ and dip into the subject of precognitive dreaming before finishing up with a story about a hedgehog. In other words, there’s something for everyone.. For more on Gary Lachman and his workhttps://garylachman.co.uk For more on the Bureau of Lost Culturewww.bureauoflostculture.com   

    • 58 min
    Helter Skelter: Charles Manson and the CIA

    Helter Skelter: Charles Manson and the CIA

    Journalist Tom O Neill, author of 'Chaos: Charles Manson, the CIA and the Secret History of the Sixties’, joins us to reveal the truths, untruths, secrets and conspiracies behind the most famous crime of the 60s.  The Tate-Labianca murders and the subsequent trial of 'The Manson Family' were among the events that marked the turning of the countercultural tide and the darkening of the hippy dream. Tom tells how a straightforward 1999 magazine commission to write an anniversary piece on the murders turned into a 20 year investigative odyssey that revealed a devastating story of corruption, deception, lying and abuse - and that was just from the authorities.  Was Manson a CIA asset gone rogue? We are not fans of conspiracy theories but Tom's research reveals an extraordinary and deeply worrying web involving the CIA, the Beach Boys, LSD, hypnotism, doctors, psychologists and bent lawyers. For more on Tom and the book:https://www.littlebrown.com/titles/tom-oneill/chaos/9780316477574/ For more on the Bureau of Lost Culturewww.bureauoflostculture.com  

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    The Divine Rascal - Hollingshead Pt.2

    The Divine Rascal - Hollingshead Pt.2

    We return for the second part of our trip through the terrific, tortuous and terrible times of Michael Hollings(acid)head with psychedelic historian Andy Roberts. We reconnect with Hollingshead as he is returning to England to set up the London Psychedelic Centre in Chelsea. He has introduced Timothy Leary to LSD and thus played a momentous part in the history of the counterculture in the USA. But that was just one event in a picaresque life involving 'turning on' various celebrities including Paul McCartney, Donovon and a cold war spy, living in Scottish communes, the back-stabbing of various friends, being beastly to women and taking more and more LSD. Hollingshead goes on the run - on acid. Hollingshead defends himself in court - on acid. Hollingshead serves a prison sentence - on acid.  Andy, whose biography, Divine Rascal, is the first full account of the man, leads us to the end of the labyrinthine life of a character who was one part psychedelic, one part psychopathic. For more on Andy Roberts and ‘Divine Rascal' http://strangeattractor.co.uk/shoppe/divine-rascal/ For more on the Bureau of Lost Culturewww.bureauoflostculture.com  

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