Posts Tagged ‘Teenburger’

Exhibition and new edition in MOJO

Thursday, August 26th, 2010


Read about the forthcoming exhibition Process: The working practices of Barney Bubbles and the new edition of Reasons To Be Cheerful – out in October, new cover below – in the new issue of MOJO.

There are a host of fresh images in the new edition, as well as previously unpublished information and facts about Bubbles’ life and career along with extra contributions, including a chat with Art Chantry and memories from those who knew him, such as “Record John” Cowell.

Half-brother of Simon Cowell, John lived at Bubbles’ Teenburger hq 307 Portobello Road in the late 60s and says: “It’s about time he was recognised but Barney was never one for self-publicity. He was a real hippy. I miss him so much and think of him often.”


There are many exciting elements to the forthcoming show, which runs from September 14 to October 23 at London’s Chelsea Space gallery. Full details here.

The new edition, which has a new ISBN number as befits the expanded and enhanced book, will be available to order from amazon shortly. We will also be making available signed copies exclusively from this site and will provide full details soon.

Shaking a tail-feather with Nick Lowe tonight

Monday, May 18th, 2009

Survival Kit back and front view (c) Carol Fawcett/Reasons 2009.

Tonight I’m DJing for Nick Lowe’s show at the Royal Albert Hall, which provides an opportunity to show off the so-called Survival Kit put together for his 1979 US tour promoting Labour Of Lust.

Survival Kit contents (c) Carol Fawcett/Reasons 2009.

Not that Nick would be in need of such a device on his current UK dates; these days he’s a happily settled father whose mid-career resurgence has been rightly likened to that of Bob Dylan’s. Surely he is our greatest living songwriter?

Gatefold outer sleeve, Brinsley Schwarz, Brinsley Schwarz, UA 1970.

Nick’s career first benefited from Barney Bubbles artwork when he was a member of Brinsley Schwarz. Back in 1970 Barney provided the gatefold cover of the band’s eponymous debut album  under the guise of Teenburger Designs.

Cowboys, paint-by-numbers series, possibly 50s.

For the Brinsley Schwarz sleeve, Barney applied lurid colours to a paint-by-numbers depiction of a Native American brave ( painted to look as though he is observing earth from a far-off planet). As can be seen in another from this Western series – discovered by Mrs G on eBay last year – Barney increased the hallucinatory/sci-fi effect by stretching the width.

If you’re in the South Kensington area tonight come along and shake a tail-feather; Ron Sexsmith is in support and Nick and his fine fellow musicians will be performing a selection from recent career retrospective Quiet Please. I’m DJing before and after the show.