Iggy 1967

Iggy who?

Iggy Rose was one of Syd Barrett's girlfriends in 1969. She is most famous for being the model on the Syd Barrett album: 'The Madcap Laughs'. Nicknamed Iggy the Eskimo, it was rumoured she was part Inuit.

One day, in 1969, she disappeared out of Syd's life and was not heard of ever since.

Almost four decades later, the Holy Church of Iggy the Inuit started to mess with things. Its five years mission: to find Iggy and bring her back to the spotlights. And guess what, with some invaluable help from many, many friends... we did...

At the end of March 2015 the Church closed its doors, although the search for new pictures and movies still continues. Our Tumblr microblog iggyinuit.tumblr.com and its social equivalent facebook.com/iggyinuit are still (daily) updated and really important news will be added as a Newsflash.


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Latest Iggy 'Eskimo' Rose News

2016-04-02 Iggy The Eskimo Girl (full movie)
2015-10-10 Iggy - another festival, another look
2015-06-14 Iggy Rose in Cambridge


Most Recent Articles

2016-11-26 RIP Rusty Burnhill
2016-11-18 Supererog/Ation: skimming The Early Years
2016-10-21 Memory Marbles (2016): new Iggy pictures found!


2016-11-26

RIP Rusty Burnhill

Rusty Burnhill The Church was informed, a couple of days ago, that Rusty Burnhill died at the age of 70.

Rusty, and his girlfriend (and later wife) Gretta Barclay, were a 'hippie couple' who were in Syd Barrett's inner circle and who visited him in his apartment at Wetherby Mansions. It is there that they met Iggy and helped painting the floorboards in blue and red (or any colour variation you like).

Unfortunately the other tenant of the apartment wasn't really amused with the constant stream of visitors around the has-been pop-star and, in several interviews, many years later, he still uttered his frustration about this, naming the couple as one of the heavier nutcases.

This unfavourable account found its way in at least three renowned Pink Floyd and Syd Barrett biographies and as such the Holy Church of Iggy the Inuit repeated that testimony as well. (Source: Love In The Woods (Pt. 2)).

However, another friend of Syd Barrett, who we may only address under the pseudonym JenS, for reasons too much complicated to explain here, vehemently disagreed and called the couple 'art school kids' who probably goofed out on booze and mandrax, like everyone else did in those days (Source: When Syd met Iggy... (Pt. 3)).

Gretta Barclay denied the accusations in her interview with the Church:

Syd was a very dear friend of ours and we did a considerable amount together in the 60's. Contrary to what I have read, we did not provide Syd with drugs. (Source: Gretta Speaks.)

JenS had met Gretta and her sister Trina during the mid sixties in a London grooming school and she introduced them to Syd when he was still living at 101 Cromwell Road. JenS, Gretta, Trina and the French Dominique (who apparently had a huge crush on Syd) lived together in Chelsea for a while. Then Gretta met Rusty.

In late 1969 or early 1970 the couple, who had never been part of the underground, left hectic London for Suffolk mainly because Gretta was pregnant from her first child. Later in 1970 they moved to Devon.

Barrett still was a close friend and they did visit him, but obviously not to indulge in drugs and booze. Rusty was a pretty good guitarist and he jammed with Syd on tracks as Terrapin, Octopus and the blues standards they both loved. The couple tried to upkeep Syd's interest for (his own) music and Rusty silently hoped to do something together.

Although Gretta, in her first and only interview she ever gave, is pretty vague about Syd's condition the couple must have sensed there was something terribly wrong with the Cambridge wonderboy. They actively tried to reactivate his musical interest by introducing him to the Welsh folk-maverick Meic Stevens.

Meic Stevens with Syd Barrett They all visited the Welsh singer-songwriter in his house in Solva, where Syd and Rusty jammed with Meic's band (Y) Bara Menyn. A pretty bad photo exists of the encounter, perhaps with Gretta and Rusty sitting around the table with Syd and Meic. (Syd and Meic would meet several times and they were the subject of a BBC documentary that has probably been lost.)

After a while Rusty and Margaretta went separate ways. Rusty lived for a few months with Jenny Spires and Jack Monck in Cambridge. Jack and Rusty even started a band, in 1972, right after the Stars debacle. Rocksoff (or Rocks Off) had Rusty Burnhill (gtr/voc), Jack Monck (bass/voc), George Bacon (gtr/voc), Dan Kelleher (gtr/pno/voc) and a succession of drummers, including Chris Cutler and Laurie Allan. (Source: http://calyx.perso.neuf.fr/mus/monck_jack.html.)

Rusty apparently travelled a lot before settling down on the North Frisian island Amrum (Germany) from 1978 till 1993. After a brief stay in Worpswede, a village in the North of Germany, where he participated in a few art exhibitions, he moved in 1995 to Barmstedt, a Hamburg suburb.

In March 2010, after some holistic detective agency proceedings, the Church could find Rusty's address. We knew he wasn't using mail and that he was very reluctant to speak about the past, so we wrote him a letter to ask for an interview.

It took quite a while, and actually we had forgotten all about it, but one day he called us out of the blue. Unfortunately the conversation wasn't going into the direction we had hoped for. After a tirade that took a few minutes Mr. Burnhill asked us:

Isn't it time this all ends?
This has been going on for 40 years now.
Can't you just let the music speak for itself?

Wise words. There are more important things in life than chasing shadows of dead men.

We really hope, Rusty, that you can finally form that band, you've always dreamt about.


Many thanks: Gretta Barclay, Thomas Hartlage, JenS, Gus Mark Peters, Rebecca Poole, anonymous. Picture of Rusty Burnhill: courtesy of Gretta Barclay.

The Gretta Barclay Files: Gretta Speaks 
The Meic Stevens Files: Meic 'Welsh Syd' Stevens 
The JenS Files: JenS Remembers 

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Direct link: RIP Rusty Burnhill
Posted by Felix Atagong on 2016-11-26 at 19:09
Most recent update: 2016-11-27 12:24
Tags: Gretta Speaks, JenS Remembers, Obituaries

Some highlights

August
2008
A fashion documentary from 1967, starring Iggy, is discovered.
January
2009
JenS reveals how Syd Barrett and Ig first met. En passant the shooting date of The Madcap Laughs cover picture is set straight.
February
2010
WORLD EXCLUSIVE:
Ig is alive and well and living in England.
March
2010
Gretta Barclay, a friend of Syd, Ig and JenS, remembers 1969 in her first interview in 4 decades.
May
2010
In The Case of the Painted Floorboards, an attempt is made to unravel the secret about one of the most ardent legends regarding Syd Barrett.
January
2011
The Mark 'Pigs Might Fly' Blake Iggy interviews are published:
Iggy The Eskimo Phones Home (Mojo 207 article)
The Strange Tale Of Iggy The Eskimo - part 1
The Strange Tale Of Iggy The Eskimo - part 2
April
2011
Iggy surprises friends and foes by visiting the 'Barrett' book launch, her first public appearance in over 30 years:
Iggy at the Exhibition.
January
2012
A follow up of The Case of the Painted Floorboards (v 2.012) causes a storm in the mostly lethargic Syd Barrett world.
May 
2012
The Church reports about a Hispanic urban legend from the mid-eighties: Spanishgrass or Syd Barrett's lost Spanish record. It will grow into a series, an interview with the originator and a tribute album.
September 
2012
A 'lost' Iggy picture from 1967 has been unearthed:
Iggy - a new look in festivals.
March 
2014
The Church reveals who is the mystery lady on Syd's arty-farty 'Fart Enjoy' and en passant manages to pinpoint the date it was made:
Smart Enjoy.
April 
2014
An innerview with Peter Jenner, a Hall, Hop & Madcaps co-production.
June
2014
Just letting you know that Iggy is still alive and kicking:
A sunny afternoon with Iggy.
July
2014
The Holy Church is about the only blog in the world that reports about the Last Minute Put Together Boogie Band release, with Syd Barrett jamming on three tracks. A 6-part series , including an interview with Mohammed Abdullah John Alder, better known as Twink.
January
2015
Eat your heart out! Iggy has been pictured on another record cover:
Bend It (2015): New Iggy Picture Found.
May
2015
Iggy gave her first radio interview on Nikki Palomino's Dazed Radio show on the 25th of May. Listen to it at: Dazed Radio: Iggy Rose.
June
2015
Iggy is a special guest at the second Birdie Hop meeting in Cambridge. Extensive coverage at our Tumblr page: Iggy Rose in Cambridge.
October
2015
Another Iggy picture from 1967 is unearthed by a fan: Iggy - another festival, another look.
April
2016
A complete version of the 1968 Anthony Stern movie 'iggy the eskimo girl' is found (and immediately deleted): Iggy The Eskimo Girl (full movie).

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