Hoppy Days

“Hoppy was a friend for 55 years, he was an amazing, inspirational, generous energy during the counterculture Sixties and beyond. We all miss him whether we knew him or not.” – Adam Ritchie “People often say to me, ‘It was great in the ’60s, wasn’t it? Where’s the underground now?’ My answer to that is:…

Visions of Johannsson

Berlin-based, Icelandic composer Jóhann Jóhannson has been releasing records of, by turns, meditative, monolithic and immersive beauty since the turn of the millennium, navigating a fertile corridor between electronica, symphonic art music and modern chamber composition. Also a noted cross-genre collaborator, working with everyone from Marc Almond to the Hafler Trio, latterly he has become…

Tough Guys Don't Dance

Australian director Mark Hartley’s new documentary, Electric Boogaloo: The Wild Untold Story of Cannon Films, casts a critical yet essentially sympathetic eye over the career of Israeli producers Menahem Golan and Yoram Globus, cinephile cousins who bought a struggling US film production company and turned it into the quintessential ’80s independent, before it all came…

The Time Machine

Luxury watchmaker Christopher Ward is a British-based company that utilises the finest in Swiss precision and manufacturing. In keeping with the time/heritage-theme of this issue, they wanted to see how an artist would respond to the intricacy and detailed mechanism of their C9 – 5 Day Automatic watch. So, here, Day-z considers, in both words…

Time's Up

Peter Wix presents his quarterly digest of armchair observations on all things cinematic. Here, he waxes rueful and nostalgic about a golden year for movies, and reveals a filmic approach to stopping time. Back in 1971, in a Sight and Sound interview, the soundtrack genius Bernard Herrmann announced a decline in cinema. “The film business…

Lee, myself and I: inside the very special world of Lee Hazlewood

Wyndham Wallace (Jawbone) Best known as the composer of Nancy Sinatra’s 1966 hit ‘These Boots Are Made For Walking’, for decades, Oklahoman Lee Hazlewood was a virtual recluse whose many, often wildly obscure, post-fame albums of soi-disant ‘cowboy psychedelia’ were bought by the cognoscenti for stratospheric sums. A skilled, innovative music producer and sometime Hollywood…

Purple Rain

Brixton-based Boudicca Collins makes paintings that are as rich in pigment and pattern as the hustling and bustling South London streets surrounding her studio. Abigail Moffat spent an afternoon with the artist and found her and her work to be an unabashed blend of dazzling colour and eccentric charm. I’m walking through Brixton market with…