My wife and I were just beginning to put together a Salon on Miles where Peter Shapiro lived for a couple of weeks. I suggested to him he get on stage at Harvard with Jonathan Richman, Jessie Benton, and Jim Kweskin in order to put Boston on the map in regards to a Bohemian Salon, like the one Gertrude Stein had in Paris that included Hemmingway. Benton was famous for his images of musicians. All the Bentons are in the Fleming family tree where we find the daughter of Augustus John playing the cello. That is Jessie in front of the painting her father did of her. The fans of Rosamond Benton loved the family aspect of her work that was utterly destroyed by the law firm of Robert Brevoort Buck when he sold our Salon to outsiders who invented the looting of my sister’s house after the funeral. We will go there next, and, through a process of elimination (which the fans did) see who is THE GULTY ONE! Could it be me, the one who knows much about art – and our family history?
A salon is a gathering of people held by an inspiring host. During the gathering they amuse one another and increase their knowledge through conversation. These gatherings often consciously followed Horace‘s definition of the aims of poetry, “either to please or to educate” (Latin: aut delectare aut prodesse). Salons in the tradition of the French literary and philosophical movements of the 17th and 18th centuries were carried on until as recently as the 1920s in urban settings.
The salon was an Italian invention of the 16th century, which flourished in France throughout the 17th and 18th centuries. The salon continued to flourish in Italy throughout the 19th century. In 16th-century Italy, some brilliant circles formed in the smaller courts which resembled salons, often galvanized by the presence of a beautiful and educated patroness such as Isabella d’Este or Elisabetta Gonzaga.
Fleming was born in 1925, reportedly in Switzerland. She was the illegitimate daughter of the painter Augustus John by his mistress Eve Fleming, who was the mother of the writers Peter Fleming and Ian Fleming by her late husband, although most of her life she was raised as the adopted daughter of Eve Fleming as a pretence to hide her illegitimacy and only discovered her true parentage when she was in her twenties. Fleming was thus a niece to John’s sister Gwen and aunt to actress Lucy Fleming.
She went away to school at Downe House in Berkshire, but went up to London every three weeks for cello lessons with John Snowden. In 1943 she won a scholarship to study full-time with Ivor James at the Royal College of Music. She later studied at times under Gaspar Cassadó, Enrico Mainardi, Pablo Casals, Guilhermina Suggia and Pierre Fournier.
(March 24, 1938 – March 1978)
Melvin James Lyman (March 24, 1938 – March 1978) was an American musician, writer, and founder of the Fort Hill Community, which has been variously described as a family, commune, or cult. Lyman grew up in California and Oregon. As a young man, he spent a number of years traveling the country and learning harmonica and banjo from such musicians as Brother Percy Randolph and Obray Ramsey.
During a period in the early 1960s, Lyman lived in New York City, where he associated with other artists, filmmakers, musicians and writers. An example of which was his friendship with underground filmmaker Jonas Mekas, which led to the studios of Andy Warhol and Bruce Conner. He learned the art of filmmaking from Conner and made some films with him.
In 1963 Lyman joined Jim Kweskin’s Boston-based jug band as a banjo and harmonica player. Lyman, once called “the Grand Old Man of the ‘blues’ harmonica in his mid-twenties”, is remembered in folk music circles for playing a 20 minute improvisation on the traditional hymn “Rock of Ages” at the end of the 1965 Newport Folk Festival to the riled crowd streaming out after Bob Dylan’s famous appearance with an electric band. Some felt that Lyman, primarily an acoustic musician, was delivering a wordless counterargument to Dylan’s new-found rock direction. Irwin Silber, editor of Sing Out Magazine, wrote that Lyman’s “mournful and lonesome harmonica” provided “the most optimistic note of the evening.”
Ludwig making his way to Ithaca, is a real gem and goes nicely with him moving into a room at the back of the Saint Louis Cafe in Oklahoma. Ludwig is seen as a THE CLASSIC ODDBALL. I hereby declare Ludwig the model for Kilgore Trout.
HE LIVES! He can not die! He is The Lost Hero of Ithaca, that may be the Channel island on Saint Croix, off the coast of Los Angeles. Now I can bring Mr. Trout to the Bozeman Art Festival.
While visiting my childhood friend, Nancy Hamren, at the Springfield Creamery, she suggested I write the history of the hippies because I recalled so much in artistic detail. Thinking this was a Thankless Task, I began ‘The Gideon Computer’ which is about The Last Beat-Hippie Standing. I recall that I tried to read Richard’s book…
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