Author: chrisolley

Artist and musician based in Nottingham, UK

Glastonbury And Stuff…

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Here’s where we will be playing next Friday. We’ve always pulled a good crowd whenever we’ve played Glasto and The Glade now holds 3000 people. I’m looking forward to it. We will be doing a set of old material mostly from the first 3 albums. It also looks like the weather is going to be incredibly hot on Friday. I might even take my tent and stay a night. Other notable acts playing The Glade this year are Fatboy Slim and Squarepusher.

There is also a pretty cool album up here on the Bandcamp site which is actually selling quite well. Please go and have a listen to the album Atomic Heart Mother...it’s great!

Made partly in a studio with drums and partly from traditional tape loops. It’s a modern Krautrock masterpiece. 😉 The songs alternate between those made with real drums and those of a more experimental nature. The album is just over 50 minutes long comprising of 9 tracks. It has a lovely warm 70’s analogue tape sound because of the nature of how I made it. It’s got lots of echoing guitars and psychedelic Farfisa organ.

Anyway… we are rehearsing for 2 days from tomorrow for our Glastonbury set…I’m looking forward to it. Remember to shout your favourite songs out in the hope we might play them. 🙂

Kickstarter Nearly Funded…

Just wanna say thanks to everyone who has pledged so far for the Kickstarter.

This one has been a slow starter compared to my others, I would expect that though as it’s for a personal book and I’ve also already given away half of the album for free.

However, we are now 92% funded. Yay!

Please put me out of my misery and pledge to get it over the line! 🙂

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I had a really lovely email exchange with Steve Hicks the other day. He is Bill Hicks’ brother and looks after Bill Hicks’ legacy and estate.

I wrote to him to ask for his blessing in selling the Bill Hicks pictures and I also wanted to ask him about donating some of the money from the pictures to a charity he thought would be good in Bills name. He thought that was a lovely idea and suggested The Bill Hicks Foundation for Wildlife.

So once I have funded the book, I will donate a percentage of the profits from any of the Bill Hicks pictures, to The Bill Hicks Foundation for Wildlife.

I also told him that I would give him the photographs and the rights of the pictures after the Kickstarter had finished, to use however he wants and if any profits are made, to give them to The Bill Hicks Foundation for Wildlife.

I should have done this a long time ago and these pictures would have been used in the right way and featured on Anthology Box Sets, books, and DVDs. I was asked to give them to  Universal a few years ago to be used for a 4 DVD box set but this huge corporation wanted them for free and wanted me to sign a contract which would have allowed them to be used on anything from mugs to billboards. I, of course, said no.

Anyway, that’s it. Let’s leave the last word to the late master of comedy and one of the greatest human beings I ever had the privilege of meeting…

“If you want to understand a society, take a good look at the drugs it uses. And what can this tell you about American culture? Well, look at the drugs we use. Except for pharmaceutical poison, there are essentially only two drugs that Western civilization tolerates: Caffeine from Monday to Friday to energize you enough to make you a productive member of society, and alcohol from Friday to Monday to keep you too stupid to figure out the prison that you are living in.” 
― Bill Hicks

Oh yeah and please pledge HERE!

 

 

Kickstarter Update – Flying Start!

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Thanks to everyone who has pledged so far.

We’ve already reached £1,143 and the campaign is 57% funded…

If you are thinking of pledging, please pledge sooner rather than later as it’s always best to get the campaign over the line early. This then gives me more time to plan and prepare for the release so I can get it to you quicker.

Remember, you don’t have to pay for your pledge until the 30th June if the campaign is successful and you can change your pledge at any time.

Click on the banner above to pledge or click HERE.

Thanks, CHRIS

New Kickstarter Launched…

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Please help me fund my next project.

This one is to publish my autobiography Counting Clouds In A Clear Blue Empty Sky. There is also an album called ENFILADE and you can hear lots of the songs on the Kickstarter. There is also a video and an opportunity to get a unique Bill Hicks photograph as well as a 92 stadiums photograph.

Please head over HERE to see all the pledges.

Thanks, CHRIS