Heathcote Williams RIP

Heathcote Williams. Sweet dreams Heroic Prince.

The great man’s passing.
Amongst uncountable powerful magical acts of creation, Heathcote and Mike Lesser brought International Times back to life – Heathcote providing most of the good people, and tireless encouragement to all. He was a great man, great Anarchist, poet, playwright and all round approachable and sympathetic leader. It’s difficult to remember a time since the early nineteen seventies when he wasn’t at the very least an interesting part of me and my comrades’ lives. A man of immense heart, sympathy, intelligence and wit, missed so very very much.

With deep love and sadness.

Dream for us in the great beyond and we will listen to you Heathcote.

International Times

 

Obituaries

The Guardian
https://www.theguardian.com/culture/2017/jul/02/heathcote-williams-obituary

The Washington Post
https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/obituaries/heathcote-williams-british-playwright-and-countercultural-giant-dies-at-75/2017/07/03/8e0025ee-5ff6-11e7-84a1-a26b75ad39fe_story.html?utm_term=.76c97f2d5de4

Opposing Views
http://www.opposingviews.com/i/society/actor-and-poet-heathcote-williams-dead-75


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24 Responses to Heathcote Williams RIP

    1. Playwright!
      Actor
      Allround good egg

      Comment by Suzy Vaughan-Schiele on 2 July, 2017 at 2:34 pm
    2. […] ‘Sweet dreams. Heroic Prince.’ — IT: International Times, The Newspaper of Resista… […]

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    3. The most generous mentor a fledgling could possibly hope to have. An awesome intelligence and such a deeply compassionate nature…The single sunbeam who drove away many shadows. Bless you, and thank you, Heathcote.

      Comment by Heidi Stephenson on 2 July, 2017 at 4:20 pm
    4. Rest Well .

      Comment by Tony Z on 2 July, 2017 at 5:15 pm
    5. Take comfort all ye who mourn. For Heathcote’s body will disappear – a term of magic – but his spirit flame, through his work, will burn all the brighter for all the people of now; and for all the unimaginable future to come. Adios compadre of all.

      Comment by Martin Wilkinson on 3 July, 2017 at 2:26 am
    6. […] ‘Sweet dreams. Heroic Prince.’ — IT: International Times, The Newspaper of Resistance http://internationaltimes.it/heathcote-williams/ […]

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    7. Somehow this poem, translated by one of my dad’s friends, came to my mind when Mike died and again with Heath.

      High Treason, a poem by Jose Emilio Pacheco, translated from the Spanish by Alistair Reid.

      I do not love my country. Its abstract lustre
      Is beyond my grasp.
      But (although it sounds bad) I would give my life
      For ten places in it, for certain people,
      Seaports, pinewoods, fortresses,
      A rundown city, gray, grotesque,
      Various figures from its history
      Mountains
      (And three or four rivers).

      Comment by Lin Solomon on 3 July, 2017 at 8:17 am
    8. Thanks Lin. How are you? Long time……..

      Comment by Editor on 3 July, 2017 at 9:13 am
    9. I am very well, living in Brittany as of this past July. But suffering too many people leaving, Hoppy, Mike, Heathcote and, of course, my parents.
      Xx

      Comment by Lin Solomon on 3 July, 2017 at 10:26 am
    10. Yes very sad times. In the last three July 1st lost Mike my big sisters husband now heathcote. Life can be too sad. Very fond memories of you Lin. Best wishes from Nicky Victor.xxx

      Comment by Editor on 5 July, 2017 at 6:08 am
    11. Nicky! I did not know it was you. Long time no see. Email me yr telephone number, if I come to Lumdrum (which I might) we can meet up. Xxx kerigonan@hotmail.com

      Comment by Lin Solomon on 5 July, 2017 at 7:20 am
    12. My condolences Lin, love from Jackie xxx

      Comment by Jackie Klemes on 12 July, 2017 at 6:59 am
    13. Lin I’ve added this poem to next weeks issue from you and us for Heathcote. Hope is okay.

      Comment by Editor on 5 July, 2017 at 6:18 am
    14. Not a problem for me.

      Comment by Lin Solomon on 5 July, 2017 at 7:21 am
    15. This is a response from the Argentine novelist, teacher and critic, Jorge Torres Zavaleta.

      [‘…Yo tenía un gran aprecio por él, su personalidad y su poesía.
      Era una gran personalidad; justamente, un excéntrico que era un fiel representante de un anarquismo individualista humanista de gran tradición en la cultura inglesa. Era el hombre que está solo y que sin embargo se conecta con los valores más civilizados y racionales, aún cuando pareciera demoledor e irracional.
      Yo lo apreciaba cada vez más…’]

      TRANSLATION:

      [‘…I had a great admiration and appreciation for him, his character and his poetry.

      He was a big personality. Truly, he was an eccentric, a shining example of the kind of individual anarchic humanism, which is a great tradition in English culture. He was unique, a one-off, the man who walks entirely alone; and yet is fully connected to the most civilised and rational values – even when it appears that he is acting like an irrational demolisher of them.

      My appreciation for him has never stopped growing….’].

      Comment by Jorge Torres Zavaleta. on 3 July, 2017 at 10:26 am
    16. […] ‘Sweet dreams. Heroic Prince.’ — IT: International Times, The Newspaper of Resistance […]

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    17. […] Als mir sein ehemaliger deutscher Verleger, Lutz Kroth, 2014 das investigative poem “Royal Babylon” über die Windsors zuschickte, konnte ich die Freunde vom Westendverlag überzeugen, dass dieses anklagende Gedicht samt seinen dokumentierenden Fussnoten doch genau das Richtige sei zum anstehenden Besuch der Queen in Deutschland: “Eine schrecklich nette Familie”.  Auch in England machten diese scharfen Worte Furore, nachdem die britische “Stop The War”-Koalition einige Passagen daraus veröffentlichte – und die kriegtreibenden Elite  mit dieser “schändlichen Schmähschrift” den ungeliebten Labour-Kandiaten Corbyn beschmieren wollten. Bis zum Ende waren die Worte dieses Dichters immer ein Dorn im blumigen Geschwalle des “Mainstreams”, wie auch sein letztes Werk über den amtierenden Außenminister “The Beast of Brexit – Boris Johnson”,  es waren Widerworte, des Zorns und der Wut über den Horror der Realen. Doch immer auch, und sei es noch so metaphorisch, gespeist von der Vision einer unbändigen Freiheit und allumfassender Liebe.  Kein Wunder also, dass seinen Nachrufern Vergleiche mit literarischen Heroen wie dem Polemiker Shelley – über den er ebenfalls geschrieben hat – und dem Visionär William Blake einfallen. Er war ein Großer, als genialer Künstler, als ständiger Aktivist und als ewiger Träumer: “Dream for us in the great beyond and we will listen to you Heathcote.” […]

      Pingback by Heathcote Williams R.I.P. – Mathias Broeckers on 3 July, 2017 at 5:39 pm
    18. ‘Poets are the unacknowledged legislators of the world.’ Thank you, Heathcote.

      Comment by Dafydd ap Pedr on 4 July, 2017 at 9:32 pm
    19. Sad to read about the death of Heathcote Williams, a person who spurred my youthful years into hard thinking and creative moments.

      Comment by Neil Houlton on 5 July, 2017 at 3:23 pm
    20. He was a great friend to me. We met in London in 72, and remained comrades thru the decades that followed. A wit, mime, muse to many– if Willie Blake was God’s Rake- Heathcote was his modern equivalent. I did a version of his Local Stigmatic in Chicago, directed by Gary Houston and co-player was Jim Jacobs- whose Grease is still playing worldwide. My love to Diana , China and Lily, and we will not see his like again. He was much loved.
      Warren Leming
      coldchicagoco@gmail.com

      Comment by warren leming on 5 July, 2017 at 5:40 pm
    21. Absolutely adored everything this great man stood for he was uncompromisingly principled and his body of work is truly outstanding

      Comment by Samantha on 5 July, 2017 at 8:18 pm
    22. […] Als mir sein ehemaliger deutscher Verleger, Lutz Kroth, 2015 das investigative poem Royal Babylon über die Windsors zuschickte, konnte ich die Freunde vom Westend Verlag überzeugen, dass dieses anklagende Gedicht samt seinen dokumentierenden Fußnoten doch genau das Richtige sei zum anstehenden Besuch der Queen in Deutschland: Die Windsors – Eine schrecklich nette Familie. Auch in England machten diese scharfen Worte Furore, nachdem die britische „Stop The War“-Koalition einige Passagen daraus veröffentlichte – und die kriegstreibende Elite den ungeliebten Labour-Kandidaten Corbyn mit dieser „schändlichen Schmähschrift“ beschmieren wollte. Bis zum Ende waren die Worte dieses Dichters immer ein Dorn im blumigen Geschwalle des Mainstreams, wie auch sein letztes Werk über den amtierenden Außenminister The Beast of Brexit – Boris Johnson, es waren Widerworte des Zorns und der Wut über den Horror der Realen. Doch immer auch, und sei es noch so metaphorisch, gespeist von der Vision einer unbändigen Freiheit und allumfassenden Liebe. Kein Wunder also, dass seinen Nachrufern Vergleiche mit literarischen Heroen wie dem Polemiker Shelley – über den er ebenfalls geschrieben hat – und dem Visionär William Blake einfallen. Er war ein Großer, als genialer Künstler, als ständiger Aktivist und als ewiger Träumer: „Dream for us in the great beyond and we will listen to you Heathcote.“ […]

      Pingback by Dream on, Heathcote! Der geniale Künstler, ständige Aktivist und ewige Träumer Heathcote Williams ist gestorben - Westend Verlag GmbH on 9 July, 2017 at 3:01 am
    23. I only just got this news. I’m shocked, of course. Heathcote was a great comrade in activism and writing. A real ‘human being’. I admired his grounded radicalism and learned much about the Queen. May his spirit soar – and may we pick-up on his tireless destruction of all that has no place on this Earth.

      Comment by Julian Rose on 12 July, 2017 at 12:22 pm
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