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Travellers, festivals and DIY culture

This section links to a lot of the books and web-based material generated through Enabler Publications.

Back in the 1960s as the Stones and the Beatles discovered psychedelic substances; as the likes of Hendrix, the Doors, Airplane and the Small Faces altered our minds with their music; Oz, IT and other underground magazines offered a new way of seeing the world and a different, anarchic kind of festival emerged. No longer was it a single day event held under the banner of blues and jazz – it was a part of a wider cultural revolution. The earliest Alan went to was in Sussex at Phun City. You can read (and look at the pictures) about some of the places and people it led him to in: Not only but also...

Some folk who attended the festivals decided that they didn’t want to return to ‘civilisation’, to what sometimes became branded as ‘Babylon’. They started to live in battered and brightly painted trucks, buses, tipis, benders, yurts…and slowly a festival (festie) circuit was born. It provided an economic, social and cultural form of self-sufficiency. Some were musicians and entertainers, some bought market stalls and marquees or sound systems. The media dubbed the greenfield entrepreneurs, ‘new’ Travellers. They were modern nomads and under the law this meant that traditional Gypsies became subject to new laws which restricted their nomadic lifestyle.

Alan Dearling (left) Fiona and Herring (right)

The 1994 Criminal Justice Act was a focal point. Enabler Publications was proud to have published the book, A time to travel? by Fiona Earle and friends including Alan, that chronicled the development of the new Travellers’ lifestyles. We now have this sold out book available to order as an ebook as well as some free samples to read from it, and from the follow-up book, No Boundaries which is still for sale.

Tavellers busRave-based sound system free-party posses like Spiral Tribe, Bedlam and others cranked up the volume and were joined by road protestors and the band of eco-warriors swelled and morphed. Other books followed: Kate Evan’s cartoon and photo her-story of the road protestors Copse; Alternative Australia; Another kind of Space and Battle of the Beanfield.

It was a DIY culture that was biting back.

Travelling DazeNow you can share, in Living Technicolor, the lives and times of many of the UK's most colourful characters in Travelling Daze - words and images from the UK's new Travellers and festivals, late 1960s to the here and now.


David Stooke’s wonderful Traveller paintings

The story continues and there are many other wonderful sites ‘out there’ to visit from friends and colleagues. Get in touch if you want to talk about what you are up to.

And in the meanwhile, try some of these:

David Stooke’s wonderful Traveller paintings (see example above, left): www.davidstooke.co.uk. Many of these feature in Travelling Daze.

CJ Stone’s leftfield writings about the underground and beyond, below and above: www.cjstone.co.uk

Sam's Positive Evolution site, full of nice words, images and info on things (music, lifestyles, festies and more) you may like or even love: www.freewebs.com/samsimillia/travellers.htm

e-festivals: www.efestivals.co.uk

Alternative newscasts from the schNews: www.schnews.org.uk/index.php

Festival Eye magazine: www.festivaleye.com

Tom Vague on Portobello, Ladbroke Grove, punk and more: www.historytalk.org/nottinghilltimeline.htm

This is site of Graham St John who is festie specialist - words and images. Alan first worked with him on the Alto Oz book:http://edgecentral.blogspot.com

Alan Lodge (Tash) History of UK’s new Travellers, festivals, enironmental protest and more: http://tash.gn.apc.org

Earthfirst! UK: http://earthfirst.org.uk/actionreports

Web archive through the British Library for Friends, Families and Travellers: www.webarchive.org.uk/tep/13268.html

The Gypsy Council link: www.gypsy-association.com/gypsycouncil.html

Indymedia, alternative newsmakers and shakers: www.indymedia.org.uk

Resurgence magazine: www.resurgence.org

UK hippy: www.ukhippy.com/forums/index.php

Travellers’ School Charity: www.travellersschool.plus.com

Travellers’ Times magazine: www.travellerstimes.org.uk

Zion Train and friends: www.wobblyweb.com/zt

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