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john davies
notes from a small vicar
from a parish
in Liverpool, UK

    Thursday, February 17, 2005
    Cope in British Archaeology
     
    Still got last night's typically storming, two-and-a-half-hour Elvis gig in my head, mixing oddly with The Superimposers gorgeous pop collection which I'm hearing for the first time. But yet again it's Julian Cope who predominates.

    Today I found him in the new issues of The Wire - and British Archaeology. A gig review in the former, and in the latter a page of his reflections on why megaliths took over his life - he blames his mother-in-law. Who was with him on a 'trip' (take it both ways) to Avebury in 1989 which started the whole thing off for him. He's now at No.1 and No.2 in the Amazon archeology sales charts. And still '... a prolific troubadour and ... leader of a bad-assed barbarian axe-wielding rock'n'roll raiding party'. The Wire reviewer sums up Cope in a great phrase I wish I'd coined: 'ever the showman, ever the shaman.'