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2008

Anthony Stern Photoshoot

A couple of posts ago it was prophesised that some of Anthony Stern’s unpublished Iggy pictures would find their way to the public... 15 previously unreleased picturessigned copies soon availableexclusively at The City Wakes The Holy Church of Iggy the Inuit...

Bend It!

Several Floydian sources publish a scan......

Iggy

Iggy was part Inuit (or Eskimo to use the......

Iggy played guitar

The Trashcan Sinatras, probably the best band name ever since the Soup Dragons, have recorded a 6 minutes and 41 seconds single commemorating Syd Barrett... Emily and the English RoseShining out the UFOHand in hand with your Eskimo. The Holy Church of Iggy the Inuit...

Iggy played guitar (2)

A couple of weeks ago the Church signaled that The Trashcan Sinatras recorded a 6 minutes and 41 seconds single commemorating Syd Barrett and his companion Iggy... Emily and the English RoseShining out the UFOHand in hand with your Eskimo. The Holy Church of Iggy the Inuit...

Iggy, Chimera Girl

Two new exciting posts have been added to the Church. 1. A follower of the Church found a lecture given by Anthony Stern in Paris, videotaped by a member of the audience, containing extra material from the Iggy, Eskimo Girl movie... 2. Anthony Stern’s movie distributor Chimera Arts has put some Iggy video stills on their website... This and more at: The Holy Church of Iggy the Inuit....

IN Gear

Tailor John Pearse, graphic artist......

Jeff Dexter Music & Sound Show

Delving deeper into the history of the The Orchid Ballroom (Purley) one cannot go around two musical partners in crime: Jeff Dexter and Sammy Samwell... Short and sweet biographies ofJeff DexterandIan 'Sammy' Samwell. The Holy Church Of Iggy the Inuit...

Love in the Woods

On 30 June 1990 Pink Floyd played a short – albeit not very sharp - set at the Knebworth Festival. It has to be said that it was not the band’s sole responsibility that the gig was, how shall we call it, mediocre by Floydian standards. On this disastrous occasion, and this occasion alone, a 20 minutes promo film was shown at the beginning of the show, with a short appearance of none other than Iggy the Eskimo, somewhere between the 4 and 5 minutes mark. This brand new all exciting post at The Holy...

Love in the Woods (Part 2)

The so-called Lost In The Woods movie, that was part of the Knebworth pre show documentary, is a mix coming from different people, at different places, on different occasions. The Church quotes archbishop Dark Globe, who has scrutinized the movie before: There's footage of Syd larking around in a garden with friends in 67, the 'lilac shirt' footage of Syd (late 67/68?) in which Lyndsay Korner also appears, and the blue suit/yellow ruffled shirt footage of Syd in the woods with two girls (Iggy and a...

Pictures at an exhibition

At the Ruskin Gallery (Cambridge) visitors can see over fifty of Syd's paintings, the majority of which have never before been seen in public. The Church is particulary intrigued by the pictures from the personal collection of Anthony Stern that are exposed as well: Pink Floyd performing at UFO (1967-ish) and his Iggy pictures. The Other Room: Syd Barrett's Art and LifeDate: 24 October - 2 November 2008Time: 10am - 9pm Monday to Friday, 10am - 5pm Saturday and Sunday The Holy Church of Iggy the Inuit...

Shaken not stirred

Moviemaker Anthony Stern, who knew Iggy before she......

Si les cochons pourraient voler…

Have you ever seen President Sarkozy on the telly giving a speech? He always thinks he is doing a bloody Hamlet. His performances, because that is what he thinks they are, remind me more of Louis de Funès (or for the non-Francophiles among us: Benny Hill) than Napoleon Bonaparte, another one of those short short-tempered little men with a short fuse who think they can rule the world. This post contains a fairly well hidden review of the Pink Floyd biography Pigs Might Fly by Mark Blake. To cut...

Stardust

1 A couple of days ago Amazon delivered me my semestrial bunch of Pink Floyd related books. It came in a carton box so big that I feared I would have to build a library next to my house. Amazon cares about books, obviously, and that is why they give books enough space to breathe and to stroll around a bit during the journey from Amazon Ville to Felixtown, where I live. But during the adventurous journey two of them not only had made acquaintance in a formal, but also in an amatory way. When I opened the...

Stormy Pictures

The most famous Iggy picture, and without this one this blog wouldn't probably......

The Other Room

The Other Room: Syd Barrett's Art And Life was a Cambridge exhibition that ended a couple of days ago. A lucky wind (thanks SgB!) brought me a copy from the catalogue, an 18 pages booklet. The following can be found inside... Syd Barrett pictures and artworkMick Rock, Storm Thorgerson pictures and artworkAnthony Stern Iggy pictures The Holy Church of Iggy The Inuit...

Where did she go?

On September the 17th the Croydon Guardian, a weekly free local newspaper... 2008 newspaper article about the whereabouts of Iggy interviews with Antony Stern and Jeff Dexter who still remember Iggy new Iggy picture (by Anthony Stern) The Holy Church Of Iggy the Inuit  ...

2009

A Bay of Hope

Last week a professional rock memorabilia seller put some pictures for sale that he described as: 4 X ORIGINAL MICK ROCK PHOTOGRAPHS TAKEN AND PRINTED IN 1974 SHOWING SYD IN HIS FLAT WITH PAINTED BOARDS The 4 prints show Syd Barrett in his apartment and date from The Madcap Laughs photo sessions where both Mick Rock and Storm Thorgerson showed up. The most recent article at The Holy Church of Iggy the Inuit explains that: ¤ the pictures date from 1969, not 1974¤ belong to the Hipgnosis...

Addenda and Errata with Gala and Gretta

The Reverend’s last post was rather freewheeling and not always up to par. For one mystical reason or another Iggy’s divine intervention didn’t come through, possibly hindered a bit by an abundance of pints of that black stuff that tastes so good by the gallon. So it is time to clear things up, like the surge in that same glass, although what remains isn’t crystal clear at all but rather a dark shade of ruby. This tintillating new article reveals:a few things about Rusty and Gret(t)a;the better...

Anoraks and Pontiacs

Although Iggy is the prototype of the vanishing girl we know quite a lot of her through the bits and pieces that have survived that big black hole also knows as the Sixties. In November 1966, when she was (about) 21 or 22 years old she appeared at The Bend party that was affiliated with the television show Ready Steady Go! And there was of course her apparition in a 1967-ish documentary, called IN-Gear, hinting that Iggy was seeking fame and fortune as a model or an actress. Unfortunately enough it seems...

Catwoman

Rejoice, dear followers of the Esqimau, as The Holy Church of Iggy the Inuit celebrates its first birthday. On the eight day of the eighth month of the eight year of the second Millenium the Church was born. In the summer of 2006 Denis Combet, professor at Brandon University, wrote a collection of poems as a tribute to the musician and painter Roger Keith Barrett who passed away in Cambridge on the 7th of July 2006. The poems describe fragments of Barrett’s life, his youth, his hometown, his friends and...

Chimera Arts (2)

The producer and editor of the Iggy Eskimo Girl movie, Sadia Sadia contacted The Holy Church if Iggy the Inuit and gave some news about Anthony Stern's Iggy Eskimo Girl movie that premiered last year. The film will probably be shown on several film festivals;it will also be submitted to the British Council for inclusion in their UK film archives, but...for the time being it will not appear in the public domain. You can read this sad article, that has a funny ending to keep up the spirits, here....

Eskimono

The Church of Iggy the Inuit has admirers in strange places: Anthony Stern (movie maker and photographer): "I see that you have continued to update your website and that the cult of Iggy is snowballing."Mark Blake (journalist and author of Pigs Might Fly): "Good luck with the Iggy hunt. (...) I think it's funny that nobody even knew her real name." For that matter we don’t even know if she was Eskimaux or not. The latest article delves deeper ito Iggy's roots:was Iggy...

From Dusty till Dawn

When JenS, who may well have been the person who introduced Ig to Syd Barrett, told the Church that they both went to a Dusty Springfield party the Reverend was absolutely certain that he had found a solid path to unravel more about Ig’s past. The Church found it relevant to investigate if there really had been an Ig – Dusty – Ready Steady Go! connection somewhere and if some witnesses still remember her... The latest post at The Holy Church of Iggy the Inuit contains testimonies from:Douggie Reece,...

Iggy at the Gates of Dawn

It has been awfully quiet at the Iggy front. Call it spring fatigue, problems of the heart or plain laziness but the Reverend was a bit depressed. When The Holy Church of Iggy the Inuit started on eight eight eight (the number of the beauty) this little blog shook and stirred like a dry martini ogling in front of Mr. James Bond. While the quest was new and aloof and thrilling enthusiasm was flowing through the Reverend’s loins it actually felt that the mission was leading somewhere, and the Head of the...

Rock - Paper - Scissors

Mick Rock in Psychedelic Renegades: Known only as Iggy, the half-Eskimo girl had momentarily made her way into Syd’s life, and flat, at the time when the (Madcap Laughs) photos were taken. Though not part of the original shoot plan, Iggy was an intriguing accomplice. With no job and little to call her own, Iggy epitomised the free natured spirit of the psychedelic underground. The Holy Church of Iggy the Inuit is very proud to announce you 3 new Iggy galleries:Street Life, black & white pictures...

Rock around the Blog

One of the lesser profane tasks of The Holy Church of Iggy the Inuit is to check the amount of iggybility on the World Wide Web and to act (or react) accordingly. As the one and only keeper of the true faith this means that in very grave situations the Holy Igquisition has to intervene. The Holy Igquisition has found two cases of heretic Iggy websites and seriously considers excommunication of its makers. To read the Igquisition's report, please consult the full article: Rock around the Blog....

SBRS

The Syd Barrett Research Society forum has been down now since Sunday the 8th of March. This is not, to deny some rumours, due to SBRS, nor to the Holy Church of Iggy the Inuit, but to the (free) hosting company running these forums: http://www.hostingphpbb.com. All the forums (more than 10,000 apparently) on their domain (and even the introduction page) show the following error: Internal Server Error The server encountered an internal error or misconfiguration and was unable to complete your...

Tattoo You

In a new Syd Barrett biography that was recently published in France its author, Emmanuel Le Bret, can get quite lyrical from time to time. How this reacts, interferes or enriches the biography is a question that will be further investigated on Unfinished Projects but only after the current ruttish series of ArianeB walkthroughs is out of the way. But the Holy Church of Iggy the Inuit can’t of course not ignore some Iggy statements to be found in a chapter well spend on The Madcap Laughs: La cinquième...

The Style Council

The Cromwellian existed since 1964 or 1965 and in the autumn of that year jazz-singer, writer, critic and generally bad tempered journalist Georges Melly wrote a piece about the place, that was later re-printed in his excellent account of the pop art days in Britain Revolt Into Style. In contradiction with most flower power studies his book did not appear two decades or more after the facts happened. Melly wrote his essays when Swingin’ London was still swinging although it was slightly running out of...

Trip to a Dream Dragon

Last week the Holy Church of Iggy the Inuit revealed two new Iggy pictures appearing at the Chimera Arts website that distributes the Iggy Eskimo Girl movie in various parts of the world (alas, not those parts of the world the Reverend is familiar with). Anthony Stern who, should you not know, shot the movie in question recently updated several pages on his site as well. The Church investigated about the how, the why, the where and the when and the complete article, covering Anthony Stern's movieIggy the...

When I'm 64

Brethren Dan5482 visited the several Church locations that can be found on the World Wide Web and confessed the following to the Reverend: Despite all that collective amnesia I think that Iggy can still be found. There are journalists, detectives... who have found more difficult "targets". However, an intense and widespread interest for her is a necessary condition. Your Church is a source of hope in this sense. It lets many people know that once such a mysterious woman existed. Time for...

When Syd met Iggy (Pt. 1)

Hello, I would like to try and clarify a couple of things about Ig.She was a girlfriend of mine. The above message reached the Reverend a couple of weeks ago. It was written by JenS, a Cambridge friend of Roger Keith Barrett. She is the one who introduced Iggy to the Pink Floyd founder exactly 40 years ago. Told exclusively to The Church of Iggy the Inuit, and now published for the first time after 40 years, here is her testimony. When Syd met Iggy... (Pt. 1) The Holy Church of Iggy the Inuit...

When Syd met Iggy (Pt. 2)

Part 2 of the memories of JenS, a mutual friend from Syd Barrett and Iggy the Eskimo, as exclusively told to The Holy Church of Iggy the Inuit. 1. It is generally believed that The Madcap Laughs photo sessions, by Storm Thorgerson and/or Mick Rock, took place in the autumn of 1969, a couple of weeks after the album was cut and a short time before it hit the shelves of the record stores. 2. It is generally believed that Iggy has only been living in Syd’s apartment for two or three weeks maximum, during...

When Syd met Iggy... (Pt. 3)

In the first part of this series (When Syd met Iggy (Pt. 1)), JenS, a Cambridge friend of Syd Barrett, recollected how she met Iggy and how she introduced the party girl to Syd.In the second article (When Syd met Iggy... (Pt. 2)) the photo shoot from The Madcap Laughs, Barrett’s first solo album, was painstakingly reconstructed.Part three contains some freewheeling to be entirely blamed on the Reverend whose ticky ticker jumped a few beats when he compared the Syd Barrett recording dates with the dates...

2010

(I've got my) Mojo (working...)

As if the world has suddenly been hit by a temporal rift in spacetime the March 2010 issue of Mojo music magazine has hit the stores bearing a big (slightly photoshopped) portrait of a mister Syd Barrett. The well-written and rather accurate cover article, by Pat Gilbert, ranges from page 70 to 81 and tells the story of The Madcap Laughs, Syd Barrett’s first solo album. Two other articles are of particular interest to the Church as they describe the mythical presence of a ‘girl whose...

All about Evelyn

Roundup of the Mojo vs Iggy story by publishing two letters that have appeared in the April issue of Mojo magazine (197). First the letter from Peter Brown [Thongman] identifying Iggy as Evelyn and telling how she left London for Brighton in the early Seventies. Second: Jenny Spires's letter to Mojo setting a couple of things straight: the painted floor job, the case of the dead daffodils and Syd's alleged involvement with mandrax. All about Evelyn now being praised at the Holy Church of Iggy the Inuit....

Goofer Dust

oned to investigate the many rumours that an article in the March issue of the highly appreciated music magazine Mojo, In My Room, written by heretic Paul Drummond, uses many facts and figures that have been originally published by the Holy Church of Iggy the Inuit, but without acknowledgment whatsoever. If after deep consideration, examination and cogitation this should be considered proven, the Holy Igquisition warrior troops will siege the Mojo headquarters under the motto ‘"Tuez-les...

Gravy Train to Cambridge

Some changes here at Felix Atagong's Unfinished Projects. Our sister venture the Holy Church of Iggy the Inuit has been vegetating for the last couple of months, due to the fact that the main subject of its existence, Iggy or better said Evelyn, has been found and is alive and kicking at the British seaside. As the main quest of that blog was exactly that, finding out if Ig was still around, The Holy Church of Iggy the Inuit is now confronted with the fact that its primary goal has been reached. A crisis...

Gretta Speaks

In the interview that Ig - or should we say Evelyn? - gave after nearly 40 years of silence in The Croydon Guardian she remembers how she helped Syd to paint the floorboards that would give an extra psychedelic feel to The Madcap Laughs cover picture. When Mick turned up to take the photos I helped paint the floor boards for the shoot, I was covered in paint, I still remember the smell of it. But Ig, as we will keep on calling her, isn’t the only one remembering. Also present were Rusty and...

Gretta Speaks (Pt. 2)

In a previous post the Holy Church of Iggy the Inuit published an interview with Margaretta Barclay, her first in 40 years, remembering the Syd Barrett days of 1969. The second part tries to tie some loose knots but fails miserably in giving some more information about:Iggy (Evelyn),Meic Stevens,Rusty B. andSyd Barrett. Gretta Speaks, the sequel, now available on the better browsers of the net! 3D glasses not included....

Iggy's first interview in 40 years

Last week The Holy Church of Iggy the Inuit published the incredible news that Ig had been traced back. This was a world exclusive as no other news medium had reported this before. Kirsty Whalley, from The Croydon Guardian, has now managed to interview Iggy, an interview that can be found in today’s issue of this newspaper. Iggy's first interview in 40 years In the next weeks the Church will scrutinize the interview, and comments will be added where appropriate....

Little old lady from London-by-the-Sea

Tranquillity is slowly descending upon the Holy Church of Inuit like smog upon Victorian London. Several brethren and sistren of the Church, and one-time visitors who entered through the front gate to study its baroque interior, have passed some valid information to the Reverend and these will be further investigated in the future. On the thirteenth of February of this year The Croydon Guardian published a short, hastily noted down, interview with (a quite reluctant) Iggy, titled: Croydon Guardian tracks...

Meic meets Syd

Daeth Syd Barrett lawr yno un noson pan o’n i ar fy mhen fy hun yno ’da gitâr acwstig, ac ro’n i’n falch pan gyrhaeddodd Syd y tresmaswr ’da’i gariad, mynd â’r gitâr, iste ar lawr, a dechre chware iddo fe’i hun. Ro’n i wedi recordio trac y noson honno, o’r enw ‘One Night Wonder’, ac mae e ar Ghost Town, Tenth Planet Records. Ar lawr y bydde Syd wastad yn iste;...

Octopus Ride

It came to the ears of Unfinished Projects that its mad little sister Projectst theHoly Church of Iggy the Inuit has been celebrating its second birthday. Founded on the eight of August two thousand and eight the Reverend didn't know what a strange trip it would eventually prove to be.More than a trip, it was a true octopus ride taking the Church of Iggy the Inuit from childhood to stardom. So fasten your anoraks, brethren and sistren, and read the full article here:Octopus Ride. Last year's birthday party...

Rod Harrod remembers The Crom

Years before she entered the Underground and met Syd Barrett, Ig’s first venture for glory and fame came when the cameras of NME magazine spotted her in November 1966. Issue 1037 had an article Come with NME for a Pic-Visit to the Cromwellian, written by Norrie Drummond with photos by Napier Russell and Barry Peake. In the latest article at the Holy Church of Iggy the Inuit we delve deeper into the Cromwellian's history with:an exclusive testimony from Rod Harrod, the man who signed Jimi...

Syd meets... a lot of people

Syd Barrett meets...Welsh folk legend Meic Stevens,beat poet Spike Hawkins,Dominique A. (girlfriend),Carmel (girlfriend)anti-psychiatrist R.D. Laing (almost) before jumping into hisMini Cooper and disappearing at the horizon. Just a couple of anoraky world exclusives at the Holy Church of Iggy the Inuit....

The Case of the Painted Floorboards

Summer 1969. Harvest hotshots ask Hipgnosis to design a sleeve for Syd Barrett's The Madcap Laughs album that is in its final mix. Storm Thorgerson goes to Syd's flat to take the some shots, but decides later, for whatever reason, to use the (Mick Rock influenced) pictures that have been taken months before. Alternative titles for this intriguing and spectacular blogpost could have been:Of toy planes and dirty feet...Still life with daffodils and pot of paint...The great madcap laughs swindle...but...

We are all made of stars

History, as we know it, is the story of royalty and generals and does not contain the memory of the millions who succumbed or who tried to build a normal life. This also applies to modern popular history. Pink Floyd & Syd Barrett biographies and the so-called Sixties counter-culture studies that have appeared all repeat the memories of a small, nearly incestuous, circle of people who made it, one way or another. You always stumble upon those who have become the royalty and generals of the...

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