Pink Floyd and The Incredible String Band.
The Incredible String Band.
This time we continue Prydwyn Piper’s notes on the penultimate track on the album, “Douglas Traherne Harding”, these notes appearing in the book “An Incredible String Band Compendium” edited by Adrian Whittaker.
“Among Harding’s publications is a relatively small book titled On Having No Head which was first published in 1961. The core of the book is laid out in its first three pages, which describe the following astonishing revelation, visited upon the author during a wartime stroll in the Himalayas:
“The best day of my life – my rebirthday, so to speak – was when I found I had no head…What actually happened was something absurdly simple and unspectacular: just for the moment I stopped thinking…It was as if I had been born that instant, brand new, mindless, innocent of all memories. There existed only the Now, that present moment and what was clearly given in it. To look was enough. And what I found was khaki trouserlegs terminating downwards in a pair of brown shoes, khaki sleeves terminating sideways in a par of pink hands, and a khaki shirtfront terminating upwards in – absolutely nothing whatsoever!”
More from these notes next ISB time.