John Russell, guitar
I started putting on concerts in the early seventies, was at the Little Theatre Club, a member of the Musicians Co-Op, on the board of Musics magazine and a founder member of the London Musicians Collective so I guess I am in quite a good position to give a view of these things. That is what Evan Parker thinks at least as it was he who suggested I do this.
Our collaboration with Joseph Beuys during Documenta 6 led to further collaborations with Beuys' Free International University, and the establshment of our own adjunct grouping: Associates.
Our work was pure, non-theatre-based performance art, concerned with extreme non-consequential forms of behaviour, self-referential and self-agressive, and performed always in front of an audience. The sculptural qualities of the performance itself were amplified and extended through the build-up of physical tension amongst the members of the audience.
Steve Beresford, piano
I heard about a group with Derek Bailey, electric guitar, Frank Perry, percussion, Phil Wachsmann, violin and yourself on piano …. have you some memories about it ??
S.B. : Yes! That was Derek's band. Maybe we did 2 or 3 gigs. At some point he added Christine Jeffrey.
We can suppose that Derek Bailey wanted to play with players of the so-called "second generation" who showed up in the Little Theatre Club in the early seventies.
The unknown trio
Thirty years ago in the West Square Music Studio after a Phil Wachsmann's workshop with dancers, I saw a tape box of a recording of the trio of Paul Lytton / Radu Malfatti / Phil Wachsmann made around 1972 or 73.
The People Band in Brussels in the early seventies was Terry Day playing solo !