Pixi Morgan

Peacenik Pixi Morgan was at the vanguard of rebel society: Nomad, musician, protestor and punk, pagan. Christopher Stone sheds light on a bonafide fire starter, the frondeur spirit of nonconformity which characterised his existence now permeating coffeehouses and hipster hangouts throughout the land. Interview by Saira Viola Read the interview here: http://internationaltimes.it/pixi-morgan/ Continue reading Pixi Morgan

Ian Pollock’s Illustrations for Housing Benefit Hill

Housing Benefit Hill was a series of columns which appeared in the Guardian Weekend between September 1993 and September 1996. Originally it featured a cartoon series by Steven Appleby, which were very funny, but not specifically intended as illustrations of the text. (Mind you, sometimes they could be accidentally appropriate). However in September 1995 the editors at the Guardian commissioned Ian Pollock to illustrate the stories, and the results are shown below. They are remarkable drawings, not least because somehow or another Ian seemed to be able to capture not only the essence of the story, but the actual appearance … Continue reading Ian Pollock’s Illustrations for Housing Benefit Hill

More about Pixi in the Trials of Arthur.

Not all the references to Pixi in the Trials of Arthur mention his name. The following is an extract from Chapter 18: Camelot (Of Cabbages and Kings). It describes life on a protest site, but actually refers to two incidents in which I observed Pixi, neither of which were on a protest site. The first took place in a friend’s front room, when Pixi stood up to recite a poem, accompanied by a woman who mimed to his words. Pixi did what he often did when he was performing: he invoked the fire. He asked us to imagine a scene … Continue reading More about Pixi in the Trials of Arthur.

Stonehenge at sunrise – still as exciting as ever

I was at Stonehenge for the solstice morning sunrise again this year. You may know that I co-wrote a book a couple of years ago with the mad biker druid, King Arthur Pendragon, about the campaign to free Stonehenge for public access. Viewers may have seen Arthur on BBC2 on Saturday evening in a Culture Show special presented by Alistair Sooke. Arthur was the one wearing chain mail. He was also featured in an article by Will Self in the Guardian, in which he is described as follows: “It might be easy to dismiss Arthur Pendragon as an endearing eccentric … Continue reading Stonehenge at sunrise – still as exciting as ever

The Battle of the Beanfield

1st June 1985. A date that signifies horror and disillusionment to anyone who knows of it. A date which reveals the poisonous worm at the heart of the British Establishment. The day that the dreams of a generation died. An extract from my book Fierce Dancing: adventures in the Underground. Remembering the anniversary of an infamous day in British history. Read more here. Continue reading The Battle of the Beanfield

CJ Stone’s Columns: The Home Front

Accommodationally challenged after a disastrous foreign trip in 2007, CJ Stone was forced to take refuge with his parents. It was the first time he’d lived with them since his teens, and he was surprised to find himself in a war zone. Following are CJ’s bulletins from the front line in the eternal war of age and sex. The Empire of Things by C J Stone All these stories appear in my new book, the Empire of Things. Buy it here. 1. Bangers ‘n’ Mash It was bangers ‘n mash night. Bangers ‘n’ mash and the six o’clock news. Mum said, “What did you … Continue reading CJ Stone’s Columns: The Home Front

The Empire of Things: a new book by CJ Stone

  CJ Stone wrote a column for the Guardian Weekend from 1993 till 1998. It was called Housing Benefit Hill and won the writer much acclaim. He has also written columns for the Big Issue, for Mixmag, for Radio 4’s The Afternoon Shift, for Prediction magazine and for Kindred Spirit, as well as writing regularly for the New Statesman and the Independent on Sunday, amongst others. Currently he is a working postman. The Empire of Things is his sixth book. The novelist Jon McGregor attributed Housing Benefit Hill with making him want to become a writer. He wrote: (The Observer … Continue reading The Empire of Things: a new book by CJ Stone

The Last of the Hippies by CJ Stone: sample chapter

Chapter 12. The Pilton Pop Festival. Rain. Rain, rain, rain, rattling on the roof of the van, falling in waves, washing down the hillside in muddy streams, gathering in pools: relentless, driving rain, hissing and shifting and blustering about. Rain. And then mud. Streams of mud. Rivers of mud. Oceans of dark, slimy, greasy, sticky mud. Mud up to your ankles when you walked. Mud splashing your trouser legs and up over your coat. Mud on the toilet seats in the awful festival toilets, looking like shit. Mud to stand up in and mud to sit down in. Mud. That … Continue reading The Last of the Hippies by CJ Stone: sample chapter

The Trials of Arthur Revised Edition is a Brand New Book

Mog Ur Kreb Dragonrider When I first started work on The Trials of Arthur, people thought that I was crazy. If I told people about Arthur they would say, “so where are you meeting him then, in a mental institution?” It became a hard thing to justify. I’d been moderately successful in my writing career up till then, with columns in the Guardian and the Big Issue amongst others. I’d had two books published. After I started work on what I’ve always referred to as “the Arthur book” my career went into terminal decline. I’m not saying that co-writing a book with a biker … Continue reading The Trials of Arthur Revised Edition is a Brand New Book