I think I saw this via Russell, if that’s a sentence. It’s absolutely brilliant. If you’re anything like me, you’re addicted to writings on writing, simplicity and creativity. And you’re frustrated that 99% of the writing on those subjects is abject. I think it’s something to do with the way lesser creatives (i.e. almost all of us) try to systematise these sorts of things. It’s much simpler than that. It’s just incredibly difficult. Do what you can to stoke the wildfire, and take it from there. Of course, genius helps, I imagine.
Forgive the long extract:
“You spent the budget on a phone?”
“Yes. Right now in the world, the phone is the most powerful tool you can have. Right now, I can contact anybody in the world of any importance with this phone. Anyone! In fact, you can help me. We need someone to play the role of an oriental woman in the play. Who should we get?”
I could not think of any oriental actresses so I said Yoko Ono. In my head, she was the most famous oriental woman in the world.
“OK, we will ask Yoko Ono.” Then he rings a number. Someone answers. He asks a question and writes down a number. He phones this number. Someone answers. He asks a question and writes down another number. He does this two or three more times – after which he is actually speaking to Yoko in New York. This was not more than 10 minutes after I had half-jokingly suggested her name.
As it happens, Yoko declined his offer to appear in the Science Fiction Theatre of Liverpool’s 12-hour production of Illuminatus!, as she had to look after her new baby boy.
Fifteen years later, when Jimmy Cauty and I were working on the KLF track Justified & Ancient, Jimmy said what it needed was a vocal by Tammy Wynette. Now Tammy Wynette was a genuine living legend, the First Lady of Country – and the record we were making was a sort of dance-pop record with weird bits. It was the last thing you’d expect the First Lady of Country to be singing on. While Jimmy got on with the track, I went into the office and picked up the phone. Ten minutes later, after three or four calls, I am actually talking to Tammy Wynette, just before she goes on stage in Chicago. We play her the track down the phone and she agrees there and then to record the vocals with us.