Where am I now? The alternative life. Zoot Horn Rollo and me. The quiet life.

A new year is a time for reflection.

Opher's World

Opher Pete high

I’m presently reading the book by Zoot Horn Rollo (one of my musical heroes) Lunar Notes which tells of his time with Captain Beefheart recording Trout Mask Replica and others.

I was fortunate enough to see them play at their peak and the memory is seared into my brain. They were extreme to say the least. Zoot was young, wild, with exceedingly long hair and outlandish clothes. They were the epitome of the Sixties Underground – the alternative to straight society.

He says in his book that he’s now a pretty regular guy who keeps in with the neighbours and mows his grass.

That’s like me. The wild days of my youth in the British Underground, loud Rock Music, all night rapping, excited discoveries, explorations and wonder are in the past. I too paint the windows, load the dishwasher and mow the grass.

I raised a family, bought a house…

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