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FROSTBITE 1970

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TVX shot tapes in the community and showed them off the back of a van at the Portabello Road Market and at a multi screen Video Theatre at the Arts Lab - The ElectricNewspaper

With the London Filmmakers Co-op we made "Videospace" and then some Music Video clips for the BBC. We shot video at The Roundhouse and at large Rock Festivals like Pfun City and Shepton Mallet

Work was exhibited at the Moderna Museet, Stockholm, Sweden and at the Hamburger Filmschau in Hamburg, Germany.

hoppy

TVX was the Video Co-operative run by John "Hoppy" Hopkins at the London New Arts Laboratory. Members included Hoppy, Steve Herman, Cliff Evans, Joebear Pat, Mike Start, Jim and Alan

FROSTBITE

TVX was the video part of the Underground Press in London. Other memebrs were OZ magaine, Friends Magazine and The International Times.

A meeting was called to discuss the media portayal of alternative and pop culture when Jeryy Rubin, Stew Alpert and other Yippies were to be interviewed live to air on the David Frost Show. Rubin was part of the group that had disrupted the Democratic Convention in the US.

It was decided with Rubin to plant our representaives in the studio audience. These people would join the chosen few in front of camera. The signal for this would be when David Frost was offered what looked like an enourmous "Joint" to smoke. This totally disrupted the stage managed show. I shot the footage of this.

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ELECTRIC NEWSPAPER

CRANKED UP REALLY HIGH: GENRE THEORY & PUNK ROCK by Stewart Home

"Undoubtedly, it was Steve Jones of the Sex Pistols who uttered the words that inaugurated the 'new wave' explosion. However, Jones was not responsible for Punk Rock, he merely lit the fuse that ignited a fresh outbreak of teenage rebellion. It is impossible to stress too strongly the fact that there was no way a single individual could create the social conditions in which this musical genre flourished. When Jones swore on a tea-time television chat show in December 1976, I was a fourteen year old who thought it was unprecedented for an ordinary geezer to show the toffs what life was really like. Now I'm older and wiser, on my desk, to one side of a Mac Plus, lies a copy of Watch Out Kids by Mick Farren. Inside, there's a reproduction of the front page of the Daily Mirror of 9 November 1970. 'THE FROST FREAKOUT' screams the headline, Yippie King puts David on the spot:"

 

"Television chiefs will begin an inquiry today into the yippie invasion of the David Frost Show. The probe was ordered by Mr. Brian Young, director-general of the Independent Television Authority. It follows the invasion of the Saturday-night programme by about twenty yippies – members of an American revolutionary cult. They swarmed on to the stage while Frost was quizzing yippie leader Jerry Rubin and forced Frost to change to another studio. Some shouted four-letter words and threatened to take over the programme.."
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