Days A Week 1998:
scene Liverpool : Adrian Henri - the sixties and afterwards:
British Council Hahnenstralbe 6, 50667 Koln.
audience - cord jean, hush puppy, roll-neck - all smoked furiously.
In the tiny ante-room bar among the chintz and soft chairs a fat
woman in a peasant dress had been squeezing at a piano accordion
while big jowled men in bad suits drank vodka and ignored her.
She was drowned out now. "You keep our love hidden - like
the nightdress you keep under your pillow - and never wear when
I'm there." The voice was clear, fashionably accented, and
Henri's fat-arse with the rose embroidered on the left pocket
swayed in time behind the microphone. Andy Robert's guitar showered,
slid and rang.
This was the Liverpool Scene. It was 1968 and poetry was making
yet another attempt to take over the world .Below the Liverpool
Scene An album of poetry with Roger McGough, Adrian Henri and
Beat in Liverpool : Live Adrian Henri and Andy Robert's
reading and music. 8 pm o'clock : 10th september
Henri was born 1932.
He is also a successful artist and was, from 1972-81, president
of the Liverpool Academy of Arts. He has exhibited paintings both
nationally and internationally; his first major London exhibition
was held at the Institute of Contemporary Arts in 1968, and he
was awarded the £2000 John Moore's prize for painting in
1972. Two LP's of Henri reading his own work are available from
: Poet and Musician
(Harrow / Middlesex, 1946) made his first appearance as a guitarist
at the Edinburgh Festival 1965 when he participated in a night
revue of the Dublin Trinity College at the Traverse Theatre. That
same year he met a number of Liverpudlian poets during the poetry
afternoons in the Traverse before commencing his law studies at
Liverpool University. He kept in touch with those musicians and
poets and instead of entering the legal profession on obtaining
his doctorate in 1968,
he became a career musician.
site: Tony Knox