HERE AND NOW 1978

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Deeply Vale 1978 in full swing - photographer not yet known - from the Grant Showbiz collection
   

 
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Here and Now on Sunday afternoon at Deeply Vale Free Festival 1978 - pic 2 : Craig Mitchell
   
 
Here and Now on Sunday afternoon at Deeply Vale Free Festival 1978 - pic 3 : Craig Mitchell
   
 
Here and Now on Sunday afternoon at Deeply Vale Free Festival 1978 - pic 4 : Craig Mitchell
   
 
Here and Now on Sunday afternoon at Deeply Vale Free Festival 1978 - pic 5: Craig Mitchell

The party's over

Ironically, the Free Festivals, which had always been the raison d'etre for the band, now found themselves fitting around the burgeoning schedule of free tours and recording commitments. And the sheer quantity of work would take its toll in way and another.

Time to go Home

 
Deeply Vale - the aftermath pic : Craig Mitchell

Altogether, from March to December '78, Here & Now did four British free tours and visited several festivals. We were on the road for six months doing around 100 shows

In the meantime we recorded a studio album "Give & Take", a live album "What You See Is What You Are" (with punk icons A.T.V.), an E.P. "Dog in Hell", lent our bus to "Stephen and the Farm Band" for their European Tour, and had another baby (Lily-Rose).

 
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It's not surprising that the details of that year are rather blurred. Not surprising really that, on the mid-winter solstice, on the way back in to London after the last gig of the last tour of 1978, our new bus broke down. But completely.
The crankshaft had snapped from the strain

I knew how it felt.
It never recovered, It was towed back to Latty Road (well Freston Road actually) Then back to the bus garage we bought it from. We had no money to fix it and never saw the darling again..

It wasn't the only one that didn't recover. Body and soul half mashed from perpetual performing, maybe; the desire for fresh and crazy musical meadows too strong, perhaps; The Beautiful Dream had been dreamed;... I went my own way;... As did Suze, and Ano soon after.

The Here & Now band went on, but thus endeth the Gospel of Free according to Frank Honest

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Text - Frank Honest (taken from 'Gospel of Free' booklet) with some additions.