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• In the mid-1960s, the rigid and colourless British way of life was irrevocably transformed by the emergence of the underground movement, a loose collective of young radicals who introduced new social, sexual and aesthetic perspectives. Operating out of the heart of London, their various activities, from the newspaper the International Times, to the psychedelic club UFO, promoted alternative lifestyles and values and sparked a cultural revolution.

• The Underground drew its inspiration from America’s Beat Poets; among them Allen Ginsberg, Jack Kerouac, Lawrence Ferlinghetti; who espoused an impossibly attractive Bohemian culture – a hedonistic lifestyle of art and free love and all that went with it. The counterculture was also invigorated by the fearlessness of such pioneers of free jazz as Ornette Coleman, Albert Ayler, John Coltrane and Cecil Taylor; drawn, in its search for a ‘spiritual elixir’, to India and her classical music, embodied initially by Ravi Shankar. Then thrilled at the audacity of an international avant-garde – including such giants as György Ligeti, John Cage, Karlheinz Stockhausen and Luciano Berio – which pushed courageously at the limits of sound itself and who, in turn, would propose to all mediums of popular art in Britain a new palette of musical colours and techniques to work with.

• Underground London is a panorama of the influences and inspirations which encouraged a cultural revolution in Britain. If the feeling of community of this generation began with CND and the marches on Aldermaston, the Royal Albert Hall poetry reading of 1965 was the pivot; a direct precursor to the International Times, the opening of the UFO Club, the 14 Hour Technicolour Dream and culminating in the Summer of Love.

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DISC ONE
1. W.R.U – Ornette Coleman Quartet
2. DOG – Lawrence Ferlinghetti
3. OUT OF THIS WORLD –
John Coltrane Quartet
4. LEFT ALONE – Eric Dolphy
5. ATMOSPHÈRES (FROM STANLEY KUBRICK’S FILM, 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY) – Gyorgy Ligeti
6. FLAMENCO SKETCHES – Miles Davis
7. AMERICA – Allen Ginsberg
8. ROCKET NUMBER NINE TAKE OFF FOR THE PLANET VENUS – Sun Ra and his Myth-Science Arkestra
9. BELLINI – Annie Ross
with the Tony Kinsey Quintet
10. CAN YOU TRAP SHADOWS LIKE THIS? – Christopher Logue with the Tony Kinsey Quintet
11. AUTUMN LEAVES –
Jimmy Smith Trio

DISC TWO
1. 3 JESUS MARIA – Jimmy Giuffre
2. RAGA JOG – Ravi Shankar
3. PICTURES – Joe Harriott Quintet
4. MORNING – Yusef Lateef
5. READINGS FROM “ON THE ROAD” AND “VISIONS OF CODY” – Jack Kerouac
6. THEME FROM BEYOND THE FRINGE – Dudley Moore Trio
7. PITHECANTHROPUS ERECTUS – Charlie Mingus Jazz Workshop
8. THE OCEAN (MAIN THEME) –
Daphne Oram & Desmond Briscoe
9. MOANIN’ – Albert Ayler

DISC THREE
1. LOVE FOR SALE – Cecil Taylor Trio
2. 3/4 AD –
Davy Graham & Alexis Korner
3. INDETERMINACY (EXCERPT) –
John Cage & David Tudor
4. ÉTUDE CONCRETE –
Karlheinz Stockhausen
5. THE VISIONARY EXPERIENCE (EXCERPT) – Aldous Huxley
6. SERPENT’S TOOTH – Victor Feldman
7. A ROSE FOR BOOKER – The New Dynamic Chico Hamilton Quintet
8. MISTER WALKER (RENIE) –
Wes Montgomery
9. THE BRIDGE – Sonny Rollins
10. LONELY WOMAN –
Modern Jazz Quartet
11. THE INVISIBLE –
John Coltrane & Don Cherry
12. VISAGE FOR ELECTRONIC SOUNDS AND CATHY BERBERIAN’S VOICE ON TAPE – Luciano Berio
13. THERE’S DANGER IN YOUR EYES, CHERIE (TAKE 2) – Thelonious Monk

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DISC ONE
1. W.R.U - Ornette Coleman Quartet
2. DOG - Lawrence Ferlinghetti
3. OUT OF THIS WORLD –
John Coltrane Quartet
4. LEFT ALONE - Eric Dolphy
5. ATMOSPHÈRES (FROM STANLEY KUBRICK'S FILM, 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY) – Gyorgy Ligeti
6. FLAMENCO SKETCHES – Miles Davis
7. AMERICA - Allen Ginsberg
8. ROCKET NUMBER NINE TAKE OFF FOR THE PLANET VENUS - Sun Ra and his Myth-Science Arkestra
9. BELLINI - Annie Ross
with the Tony Kinsey Quintet
10. CAN YOU TRAP SHADOWS LIKE THIS? - Christopher Logue with the Tony Kinsey Quintet
11. AUTUMN LEAVES –
Jimmy Smith Trio

DISC TWO
1. 3 JESUS MARIA - Jimmy Giuffre
2. RAGA JOG - Ravi Shankar
3. PICTURES - Joe Harriott Quintet
4. MORNING - Yusef Lateef
5. READINGS FROM "ON THE ROAD" AND "VISIONS OF CODY" – Jack Kerouac
6. THEME FROM BEYOND THE FRINGE – Dudley Moore Trio
7. PITHECANTHROPUS ERECTUS - Charlie Mingus Jazz Workshop
8. THE OCEAN (MAIN THEME) –
Daphne Oram & Desmond Briscoe
9. MOANIN’ - Albert Ayler

DISC THREE
1. LOVE FOR SALE - Cecil Taylor Trio
2. 3/4 AD –
Davy Graham & Alexis Korner
3. INDETERMINACY (EXCERPT) –
John Cage & David Tudor
4. ÉTUDE CONCRETE –
Karlheinz Stockhausen
5. THE VISIONARY EXPERIENCE (EXCERPT) - Aldous Huxley
6. SERPENT’S TOOTH - Victor Feldman
7. A ROSE FOR BOOKER - The New Dynamic Chico Hamilton Quintet
8. MISTER WALKER (RENIE) –
Wes Montgomery
9. THE BRIDGE - Sonny Rollins
10. LONELY WOMAN –
Modern Jazz Quartet
11. THE INVISIBLE –
John Coltrane & Don Cherry
12. VISAGE FOR ELECTRONIC SOUNDS AND CATHY BERBERIAN'S VOICE ON TAPE – Luciano Berio
13. THERE'S DANGER IN YOUR EYES, CHERIE (TAKE 2) – Thelonious Monk
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