jgjgjgjgjgjgjgjgjgjjgjgjgjg (as long as you can say it that's our name) was Cris Cheek, Clive Fencott and Lawrence Upton.
jgjgjgjgjgjgjgjgjg formed at the London Sound Poetry Festival in June 1976. After its performance at Kings College London in March 1978, jgjgjgjgjg disbanded and did not perform again.
Balsam Flex / Typical Characteristics (editor Erik Vonna-Michell) published a cassette tape of the jgjgjgjgjgjg performance at Kings College London.
"One of the finest performance groups for poetry" Eric Mottram/Poetry Review
According to the second and last jgjgjgjgjgjgjg information sheet, dating from 1978, jgjgjg performances were as follows:
We were encouraged to undertake jgjgjgjgjgj after the extremely favourable reaction to our spontaneous performance at The International Festival of Sound Poetry. We were all regulars at the Experimental Workshops held every Tuesday at the National Poetry Centre, as was Bill Griffiths, and it was a natural progression to gig together.
Consisted of the first/only performance of Tulips, a 3-voice piece for voice and movement, the first time that an entire performance by jgjgjg consisted of one piece.
Photos, left to right and down, are in chronological order of the performance including setting up and Bob's introduction. Click on an image to see a larger version.
- April 1977, Hotel event, Hotel Önsköld, Stockholm
- April 1977, Breakfast event, Hotel Columbus, Amsterdam
- May 1977, Deck event, Sealink ferry, North Sea
- September 1977, the first and only little worry interrupt
- November 1977, Dock event, Swansea
- March 1978, fantastico
being of sound
and sensing the possibilities to