GOLDENMONKEE VOL 2

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An evolutionary journey, a revolutionary leap.

‘There is something evergreen and vital in the human heart and soul that leaps and bounds, joyful an free, a radiant spark, forever kindling…’

1. INTRODUCTION TO  CONTENTS and CATEGORIES.

CATEGORIES

I’ll begin with a short word on categories. There are seven categories in all, and they are : ANCIENT FUTURES, EVOLUTION AND CONSCIOUSNESS, FREEDOM  AND REVOLUTION, LOVE, SCIENCE,  UNDERGROUND COUNTER-CULTURE  AND  THE WORLD WIDE WEB OF WOMEN. Each article that is written  belongs to one of them, and I have tried to make them as broad in depth and  scope as possible, with the aim of covering a wide range of contemporary and perennial themes. And, I hope simple to access.

CONTENTS.

Introduction.

Freedom and Revolution.

The Guitar. A Brief History.

Spiralling on from Volume one and covering several musical  genres,  we continue  our theme  of musical revolutions with a short introductory history of the Guitar, and it’s epic, you might say spectacular  journey over the centuries, rising  to become the most potent, popular and influential musical instrument in the world to date.  With Underground Folk, we trace the emergence and rise of folk-music beginning  from the early middle ages to contemporary times.  A near mythic journey almost to the birth of song itself!

And with Serpent Strings we then come to the apex of the rise of the guitar and the Orphic summons of contemporary popular music and strings. And finally,  to conclude, humbly ending our  musical journey at the doorstep of the Blues. We pay a special homage and tribute to the music of the Blues and the Blues Women and Men, without whom so much ….

Thus concluding our musical  journey on the evolutionary ‘Twist of the Spiral…’

Maestro, play on!

Drugs, Literature and the British Beatnick -Underground Scene .

We venture into  the demi-monde world of Underground Counter-Culture, a short  explosive, historical journey that hopes to take you there!  Drugs of course,  remain almost a staple of contemporary life, and are rarely out of the news, existing  in an almost permanent state of flux, and one that is continually being reviewed and  renewed, with Maryjhuanna trending upwards in the West. Just so.

Yen is the exquisitely told tale of  one man’s unapologetic tour through the underworld and drug haunts of Southeast Asia. And the sorry tale of life in an age of prohibition in the West.

Contributors to  THE  WIDE WEB OF WOMEN have been generous, and  we are honoured and proud to be able to present the potent voices of three contemporary women artistes. Janet Dulin Jones, Jude Alderson and Melissa Klatsia.  All with something important to say, and the vital words to say it..

THE YEZIDIS.

By Christine Allison.

Amid all the barbarism of  all the many atrocities occurring right now on the planet, one of the most devastating it seems to me  is the near annihilation and genocide of the Yezidis community in particular. A unique, ancient and venerable race, whose origins can be traced  back  to Zoroastrian times, with links, amongst other pearls of wisdom and knowledge, to the practices of Sufism. Unjustly persecuted down ages, as Devil Worshippers and worse,  and yet, despite everything thrown at them, they continue to exist, -an ancient minority, still under ferocious attack. Indeed, the  timelessness of their community alone deserves, at the very least, to be  considered worthy of study and preservation.

To this extent we highlight the work  of Christine Allison and present her important essay on the  history of the much beleaguered  YEZIDIS community, and hope to draw some attention to the importance of  these unique, ancient and venerable people, and the ongoing  plight of the Kurdish peoples  of  Syria and Iraq.

THE MAITI NEPAL EARTHQUAKE APPEAL.

Something personally close to my hippy heart and a tragedy on a mass scale,was the recent Earthquake in Nepal.   We wish to continue to draw attention to this spiritual touchstone  of the Hymalayas, and  present a contemporary appeal, hoping to touch every pilgrim, seekers  generous heart.  In particular we wish to point out the worthy work being done by Annurada Koirala  in her endeavours to combat the twin disaster of the abominable  slave trade. And a special  thank’s and gratitude goes to Cathy Turkingham for spot-lighting this, and for the practical  self-less work she does for others. And to all the other brilliant unheard, unsung  NGO’s working in the fields of danger,  to aid and help others, may blessings fall on you like rose petals!

With ANCIENT FUTURES we present SHAMANISM TODAY . By contemporary Shaman Daveed Cusak . An insightful essay on the Shaman’s disciplines.

In CONSCIOUSNESS AND EVOLUTION  We  pay a special tribute to Fraser Clark and the Zippies and present, in serialized form, several chapters from  his first novel ‘Shazam’.

And finally with THIS SIDE OF KAOS we are delighted to  present the untold  story of The Scoobie Doobies, one of the most brilliant and influential duos  of  rave culture

And that more or less concludes  Volume two of the goldenmokee!

Forward in descent then…

LIST OF CONTENTS.

FREEDOM AND REVOLUTION.

(1)  The guitar. A brief history

2. Skiffle: Three chord wonder.

3. Travelling strings: The Buscar.

4 The Troubadour.

 (2) Underground Folk. Part one.

1. Introduction.

2.The well Spring

3. The wise Islanders.

4. The Legend of Robin The Hood.

5. The Green Dowry.

6. Underground Folk. Part 2. Folk Rising .

7. Terrestial Spinning Reels.

8. Two-way Traffic.

9. The Electric Garden

10. Roots.

11. The Evergreen fingers of folk.

 (3) ZENITH.

1.Serpent Strings

2. Woodstock Festival.

3. Lashing Chords of Change: The Sublime arrows of the Golden Dawn.

4. Afterglow.

 

(4) The Blues. 

1. All on its own

2. Alexis Korner

3 A little More Jazz

UNDERGROUND COUNTER-CULTURE

(5)  Drugs, Literature and the British -Beatnick Underground scene.

1. Soho: The Cradle.

2. The British Beatnick -Underground Scene.

3. The Albert Hall Happening.

5. The Prick of the times.

(6) YEN by Jonathon Evans

Evolution and Consciousness

(7) ZIPPIES.

John Allen Tribute to Fraser Clarke.

Obituary of Fraser Clarke. James Hamilton.

Shazam’ by Fraser Clark (novel extracts)

World Wide Web of Women.

(8) Cathy Turkingham & The Maiti Nepal Earthquake Appeal. 

(9)  THE YEZIDIS . By Christine Allison. A short, vital  history of this tragic community and its continued persecution.

(10) Poems & Prose from  the wonderful and insightful Janet Dulin Jones.

Prose. 

Some Call it: (an essay on trafficked women).

Poems

Sisters.

Things I see.

(11) The poetry and prose, bubbling up from the questing mind of  Melissa Klatsia!

Poems.

Abolition.

Time of the Revolution

Chaos and Eternal Night.

The party

Paradise lost

Philosophical essay.

Neitzshe – Fusion Paranoid. ( the deception of the free thinking radical right).

(12) Hello, I love you!

Fiery extracts from her daring and adventurous  ‘On the Road’ novel  by Jude Alderson.

ANCIENT FUTURES.

Shamanism Today by Daveed Cussack.

(13) Contemporary Shaman Daveed Cusak presents the ways of the Shaman

EVOLUTION AND CONSCIOUSNESS

(14) THIS SIDE OF KAOS

GoldenMonkee interview with the incredible Scoobie Doobies.

End of Contents of Volume 2.

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CONTENTS OF VOLUME ONE.

PERSONAL, PLANETARY, POLITICAL PERSPECTIVES.

 1. Introduction.

PAST THE last POST.

Looks at the paradigm of freedom in the 21st Century West, through the burning lens of the Arab Spring -a hisorical epi-phenomenon, not totally snuffed out,, not yet ashes ; and keeping in mind, and alight, a 21st century hopeful and optimistic cultural landmark, and comparing it with the freedoms we have in the abundant west. Or think we have?

2.FREE AT LAST.

We examine present   day implications, responsibilities and the state of our freedom and democracy and those who rule it.

3.POLITICAL WORLD.

4.JIHAD.

Looks at the rise of fundamentaism in todays world

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PLANETERY PERSPECTIVES.

 

13 INTRODUCTION.

 

  1. THEY CANNOT CUT DOWN THE CL0UDS.

 

Examines Climate change, Global warming and the population explosion;

Nuclear expansion, chemical warfare and the implications of Monsanto and genetic engineering.

  1. CAPITAL EARTH

Monsanto and the Bees.

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16 . THE HAMMER OF PROTEST ,CROSSING A NUCLEAR DIVIDE

 

A near mute acceptance of nuclear power and nuclear weapons .

 

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POWER, GREEED, STUPIDITY AND A MAD MIXTURE OF SPIES, LIES AND CRIMINALS.

 17 THE GOLDEN CALF

Highlights the corporate greed of bankers and the capitalist and other desperadoes looting the worlds coffers and in the process defiling and besmirching our freedom and Democracy.

 

18 AWAKEN KAFKA! CYBER-SPACE AND THE GHOST OF THE INQUISITION.

We enter the dark forest of Cyberia in the smog of the post Snowden world of spies lies and secrets and conspiracy theories the internet, Cyberia and the world wide web. And the interface of man -machine metamorphosis.Together with the growing rise and broad sweep of front line groups like Anonymous. We look at the uses and abuses of technological of new emerging freedoms and frontiers demonstrating on the visible and invisible barriers of Cyberia and the post-Snowdon Wikieaks world.

19 OPEN SECRETS.

Revolution in the 21st Century. Open Secrets from the world of espinoage.

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SCIENCE.

20 SPIDERS AND BEES: The Sorcery of science.

Some of the fruits and follies of the scientific revolution .

Looks at the cocktail of science and scientific ideas that have spread since the 17th century on. We trace the historical trajectory and examine the impact, effects, and legacy of the immense cultural shift that began with Copernicus and Galileo, and the subsequent mind/body Descartian split, accelerating from   the 17th century and the age of enlightenment on down to the new age of today.

 

21.DIGITAL DRONES.

 We cast a critical eye over the ideas of Neo -Darwinian Richard Dawkins and the coming of the meme.

 

  1. DR. FAUSTUS, I PRESUME.

 

The re-emergence of a dark satanic tale , set in beginnings of the twentieth century.

 

ALWAYS BEYOND.

The limits of matter.

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CONSCIOUSNESS AND EVOLUTION.

 

23 INTO THE LABYRINTH.

An existential journey and exploration leading to asking the profound question of Who Am I?

 24 HEAVE SISYPHUS HEAVE.

The Garden of Consciousness: Words have meaning.

 

25 ROMANTICS OF THE LABYRYNTH.

 We consider the philosophy and ideas of the Romantics from the enlightenment on.

Just as it is in the awakening and awareness of the development of consciousness that is the rib cage of The Golden Monkey, and the skeleton key that binds it altogether, and the major, overall thrust of this blog.

We pay homage and special tribute to the luminous spectrum at play in the epic drama and dilemmas of those whom I call ‘The Romantics’.Ground-break pioneers whose mining explorations and indefatigable efforts opened up the roads to the consciousness, and illuminated the visible and invisible landscapes of the inner and outer world of man.

GARY LACHMAN.

And with consciousness in mind, contemporary with to-days phillosophical   ideas in the West, we are delighted and proud to bring particular attention to the extraordinary work and world of Gary Lachman, Philosopher of consciousness, author, writer and seeker, and heir apparent to the recently deceased Colin Wilson.

 GEORGE’S LINK

From one hemisphere to another, here is George’s Link.

Consciousness, evolution, science, music and technology.

 

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26 UNDERGRoUND COUNTER – CULTURE.

 

1.THE TWIST IN THE SPIRAL: 3 modern cultural Revolutions.

 

Our first major feature begins with an introduction and examination of three major cultural revolutions, altogether entitled: The Twist in the Spiral, 3 modern cultural revolutions; and beginning with the 1920’s, Jazz revolution: The first Blast: Unchained, Unbound and Free at Last; and revolution number two, with the Aquarian 1960’s Psychedelic Revolution; and in the 1990’s with revolution number three: RavAlution: The rapid and Galactic Take -off of Cyberia and Dr. DJ House ,and the Global revolution for evolution. Concluding with the rise of the Sacred Feminine.

British Underground Counter-Culture : Part one: The Psychedelic years.

An exploration into the extraordinary innovation , vision and expression, idealism and creativity in the cosmic explosion of Sixties British Underground.in the advent, diffusion and dissemination of American music and popular culture.

Underground legends that included Brian Barrett, Jim Haines, Michael Horowitz, Neil Oram, Dave Tomlin, Greg Samms, Hoppy, Dave Mason, Paul McCartney, John Dunbar, Sue Rose, Richard Neville, Rd Laing , Steve Abrahams, Germaine Greer, Rosy Boycott.

We begin with the following:

 

‘HOPPY’ HOPKINS.

The First Hippy Legend.

Creator of UFO, Britain’s finest underground Psychedelic club, featuring The Pink Floyd. Hoppy was also Britain’s first Hippy legend and Psychedelic Outlaw. And whose name and fame shot like a flame through the burgeoning psychedelic underground, especially from  the time he was busted!

GREG SAMS

We spotlight the pioneering work and influence of Greg Samms. Wholistic entrepreneur, innovator , author and present day cheerleader and   counter cultural icon. A continual presence in alternative society since the sixties, and still going strong.

 

NEIL ORAM

The Warp Experience.

The original story of ‘The Warp’ as told by its Author ,Neil Oram.

 KEN CAMPBELL.

 Futurist, and visionary stage director and all round Magneto of science-fiction and multi-media!

 34 BRIAN BARRITT

Psychedelic friend and cohort of Timothy Leary ( he helped Tim escape from Jail); author, psychedelic explorer, Beat-nick radical. Sadly, Brian is no longer with us now, but in one sense, he never went away.

 

PSYCHEDELIC OUTLAWS , ICONS , SAGES, SINNERS AND SAINTS.

Takes a fresh look at the mouthpieces, and the outrageous exploits of the movers and shakers on the psychedelic barricades of promethean change, and spanning several decades of cultural ferment down to the present, from both sides of the pond.

That Include the following:   DOCTOR RD LAINGE, ARTHUR SHULGN, TIMOTHY LEARY AND KEN KESEY ,STANLEY OWSLEY, JOHN LILLEY , NEIL CASSIDY, JOHN HOPKINS, ALBERT HOFFMAN , BABA RAM DASS AND ALDOUS HUXLEY,TERENCE MCKENNA AND CARLOS CASTENADA, DANIEL PINCHBECK, GRAHAM HANCOCK AND MANY INFLUETNTIAL OTHERS.

 ZIPPIES.

Fraser Clark, (1941 – 2009) AND THE e-Generation.

WHEN THE psychedelic SIXTIES met the e-raving NINETIES.

 

From our underground archives, we present in serialized form, the complete works of Fraser Clarke: Novels, stories and poems, blurbs, blogs and flyers and public statements. From The Encyclopedia Psychedelica International, Evolution, The parallel you-niversity and the UP! Club Megatripolis and the Future Perfect State . Chaos culture, Acid house and the Rave scene.

We celebrate the life and work of one Rave cultures most innovative and persistent cheerleaders and agent provocateurs. An evolutionary journey and time span, through the sixties and nineties towards Terence McKenna and the Archaic revival now in process.

‘Fraser Clark espouses a philosophy that attempts to unite the spontaneous and flexible aspects of the Zippy right brain with the logical pragmatic left. There’s an aura of 21-century tribalism; a dash of Mad Max mixed with a Robert Bly retreat in the midst of hippie love-in. Newsweek.

 

We begin with an extract from his first unpublished, but still ground-breaking psychedelic novel: Shazam!

 

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LOVE.

 The Roots of the Past.

The mysterious Power of Love.

The Sacred Feminine.

 

Temple of Fire, part two: Zarathrusta: Star – Man, Lord of Light.

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28 ANCIENT FUTURES.

 SHAMANISM.

 THE INFLUENCE AND LEGACY OF TERENCE MCKENNA and the archaic revival .

Variously described as Hardcore psychonaut, planetary sage, garage scholar of consciousness, magic mushroom alchemist, stand up evolutionary and harbinger of the Archaic revival and Virtual dreamtime in the information age. Welcome to the magical realms of Terence McKenna.

 

CARLOS CASTANADA: The sorcerer’s apprentice.

Before Terence McKenna there was Carlos Casteneda, an anthropologist, come sorcerer’s apprentice who undertakes to learn the Yaqui way of knowledge from Don Juan, Sorcerer and trickster par excellence….

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WORLD WIDE WEB OF WOMEN.

With patriarchy, misogyny, slavery and cruelty still prevalent and the terrible lot of many women living in the world of today. We salute and pay homage and tribute to the world wide web of women, past and present, and future and to their heroic endeavours and sacrifices they made in the cause of emancipation, freedom and equality.