Happy New Year, sistren and brethren of the Holy Church of Iggy the Inuit. Past year was not entirely uneventful.
January had Iggy’s fan-base still mourning about her passing. We have always been discreet about it, but may we thank the many people who have supported Iggy, also financially, over the years? This in shrill contrast with those extraordinary gifted sixties ‘I’m a good friend of Syd’ photographers who immortalised Iggy in their endless collection of coffee table books but always refused to give her one single penny. Nuff said.
Truth is that Syd Barrett is a pretty small, but nicely cultivated, niche market in the great Pink Floyd ocean and that Iggy fandom is an even smaller part of that. The Syd Barrett legacy has been artificially hyped in the past, not that we complain about that, but it seems to have lost some of its value recently.
While the Holy Church blog only publishes articles at an irregular basis, most of the time due to the Reverend’s continuous state of procrastination, its micro-blog counterpart at Tumblr thrives pretty well, with daily submissions. That is because the iggyinuit.tumblr.com page mostly reblogs content from others, which is nice and easy and also very unimaginative, resulting in continuous repetition of the same songs and pictures. But sometimes something interesting sees the light of day and that is what we will present you hereafter.
A last (and serious) word before the fun starts. Except when you have been living in a micro-bubble, you may have heard that Tumblr recently deleted thousands of blogs, because they contained female nipples (and other physical attributes), for heaven’s sake. This is not the time nor the place to discuss Tumblr’s incompetence (and - frankly - unwillingness) to delete illegal content for the past decade, but we may not stay silent either.
Tumblr's panic reaction consisted of throwing out the baby with the bathwater (pun certainly not intended). December 2018 gave us a new word, a new hashtag, that can now be found on social media that are still - more or less - progressive minded: #Tumblrrefugee. (But even those websites are pretty reluctant, Ello silently adjusted (read: tightened) their community guidelines anti-dating the addendum to make us believe it was changed mid-2017.)
Tumblr's censoring machine however went into frantic overdrive and deleted many pictures that weren't 'porn', not even in their ludicrous definition of that term. Mairabarrett, whose wonderful Tumblr-blog we have shamelessly plundered for the last few months, not only had the above pictures from Syd Barrett at Formentera deleted, but also pictures of her... cat.
It’s a sign of the times but it is weird and confusing that publishing the top middle picture of the Pink Floyd album ‘A Nice Pair’, other than censored, may now be a thing of the past. O tempora, o mores!
Tumblr Overview 2018
Here is a wink and a nod at good old 2018.
The Church wishes to thank: Marsha Allen, Azerty, Charles Beterams, Birdie Hop, Constance Cartmill, Mary Cosco, CCE338, Denis Combet, Jeff Dexter, Ebronte, Seamus Enright, Eternal Isolation, Jenni Fiire, Libby Gausden, Gid Giddoni, Stanislav G. Grigorev, Rich Hall, Hallucalation, Alex Peter Hoffmann, Jay Jeer, Penny Hyrons, Mark Jones, Clay Jordan, London in the 60s & 70s, Mairabarrett, Maggie Matthews, Paul McCann, Iain 'Emo' Moore, Pasquale Muzzupappa, Neonknight, The Nest, Nullrecord, Göran Nyström, David Parker, Peudent, Psych62, Rare Pink Floyd, Porthos (he's the dog), Antonio Jesús Reyes, The Iggy Rose Archives, Mim Scala, Mark Schofield, Allison Star, Swanlee, Robert Treadway, Jean Vouillon, Elizabeth Refna Warner, Nigel Young, Zoe...
The Church was founded ten years ago and the following people helped and inspired us with that: Alien Brain, Astral Piper, Sean Beaver, Bell That Rings, Mark Blake, Charley, Dani, Dark Globe, Bea Day, DollyRocker, Dolly Rocker, Ebronte, Eternal Isolation, Gnome, Juliian Indica (aka Julian Palacios), Kim Kastekniv, Little Minute Gong, Madcap Syd, Metal Mickey, Music Bailey, Mystic Shining, Psych62, Silks (नियत), Stanislav, Stars Can Frighten, Syd Barrett's Mandolin, Anthony Stern, The Syd Barrett Sound...
How could we forget all the others we have forgotten...
♥ Libby ♥ Iggy ♥ Paula ♥