The Man Who Made Moments – Peter Beard

It felt a bit like we were interrupting something private as we filed in and saw this classical looking figure cross-legged on the wooden floor, already free-associating and answering questions, while we went to look over his shoulder at his notebooks and marvelled at the intricacy, care and detail he took in producing the notes and illustrations around his photographic images.

‘Brian Jones: Butterfly in the Park’ Photographer Michael Cooper

‘Brian Jones: Butterfly in The Park’, the recently released limited edition photo book featuring Michael Cooper’s remarkable photography.
We have an interview with Adam Cooper, Michael’s son. The book includes text contributions from Donovan and his wife Linda Leitch (Brian’s ex-partner), Julian Leitch (Brian’s son with Linda) and Joolz Jones, Brian’s grandson, a talented musician and songwriter in his own right.

Optimum Health Institute

Rebuilding Our Immune System – A Time to Heal

The Optimum Health Institute, San Diego. There is morning exercise, meditation, optional workshops for organisation and even group solidarity and trust building exercises. At the end of the stay there is a weekend of music, spoken word and other performance. I probably had more fun there than I’ve ever had on a traditional holiday, just because it made me feel so healthy, happy and good.

‘An Unusual Life’, London & Summerhill 1975

Summerhill School, they say, is the happiest place on earth. It is also the most famous democratic school in the world, founded by the Scottish educator A. S. Neill. …. Should a child show antisocial behaviour a solution could be where a problem child would be asked to sit in the middle of the floor in one of the meetings and then the other children would remark on the problem child’s good qualities, to show them they were loved and trusted. Although most of us at first seemed sceptical about this approach, it worked more often than not.