Speechless we stared into a valley a thousand feet or so below us. There between the dappled sunlight, which came down in late afternoon shafts, was a strangely private looking scene of outstanding natural beauty with deer grazing happily. It was like looking back into another time, like in one of the stories I’d read about when Geronimo took to the mountains and hid from the federal forces in a secret valley.
Hailing from Cork in Ireland, in 2015 Stephanie released an emotionally powerful song and video, ‘Please Don’t Go’, about her brother who, sadly, died of cancer. The video and song quickly went viral and notched up a few million views online. Since then Stephanie’s career has been going from strength to strength and after Donovan and his wife Linda saw her at a concert in Ireland they invited her to perform at the Golden Stone tribute concert for Brian Jones.
The fully restored, long anticipated and much contested film of Jimi Hendrix at the Albert Hall was finally shown for the first time, at the Albert Hall on the 21st of October, 2019.
Kim talks about her new found experience of being recognised by the public as Poet Laureate, often at the strangest moments; the good and the bad behavioural gains and losses of the countercultural movement, as well as the seductive nature of live performing.
I have always been a musician, a writer and composer with some music in film and documentaries. But I work mostly in film and multimedia. At a certain point – if doors are opening like they seem to with this project – you have to put your ego aside and listen to what people are feeding back to you. I hope ‘An Unusual Life’ is a result of that, of a kid watching and listening, but after that talking mostly about other people and their behaviour, not actually about myself much at all.