Buying the albums sampled on “You Can All Join In”.
This time we loook at the Postscript to Ashley Hutchings’ 2002 notes in the CD insert:
“Postscipt: In case you’re wondering about the blackboard drawing, the story goes like this…
“We were playing one of our many university gigs at Essex University. We were given a classroom as a dressing room, which was quite common in those days. While we were waiting to go on, some members, probably Martin and Sandy, started to do a caricature of the band and then it grew and grew. It’s quite elaborate. All the knobs on the amps, the voltage wires. So we must have been waiting to go on stage for some time. And we left it and went on stage. Very shortly after that we were talking about the need to come up with a cover for our new album, and someone said “Why don’t we have that thing on the blackboard?”
And so, hastily, Essex University was rung and asked, “Is the blackboard drawing still in place? Has anyone wiped it off yet?” We were told “No” and Joe Boyd rushed a photographer [credited as Annie Brown on the LP cover] down there and it was photograhed. Although you’d think that it was planned by a committee, it was literally an organic creation done on the spur of the moment.”
(From “The Guv’nor and the rise of folk rock” by Brian Hinton and Geoff Wall, published by Helter Skelter).
Next time, some photos from the CD insert.