Terry Thomas In Ibiza 1981. Well balearic.

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Life is funny sometimes. I have had the book, ‘The White Island (Two Thousand Years Of Pleasure In Ibiza)’ by Stephen Armstrong on the bookshelf for about five years and kept thinking, I’ll read that one day. Last week I picked it up and have been really enjoying it. The best bit for me was the chapter I read last night on the arty contingent of authors, actors and artists, that moved to the island from the 60s onwards.

Today our friend Jolyon sent us this documentary from BBC Radio 4 that focuses on those very people. The hippies, the arty contingent and the original community from the 60s. True fact, Joni Mitchell used to live in Ibiza. As did Nico. As did Terry Thomas who apparently had a car with little flowers painted all over to match a shirt he had. Terry Thomas also says in an interview about why he likes the island so much that ‘I don’t speak Spanish so I can’t get bored of anyone.’ Anyway, the interviews are brilliant ranging from one of the original hippies to Sandy Pratt the legendary barman from Sandy’s Bar. Good music too.

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Thanks to Jolyon Green.

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It has been a very balearic day. These also arrived in the post today courtesy of our friend Piers (who I should mention has a pretty essential looking book out soon – Italo-Disco: A Secret History of Modern Pop). Thanks Piers.

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Keeping the Ku theme moving along this poster dates from 1990 and comes from the Ku Ibiza Best Years Facebook group 1978-1990. Like the way the designer spelled Rocky’s name wrong and also got the classic graffiti emblem the flying eyeball in there. There are some amazing photos and posters in the group if you want to see more.

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Mix: Ku 1985

May 13, 2011

This one came via Jolyon Green who discovered it on a Spanish forum. It sounds authentic – every so often someone says ‘KU’ on the mic. All it said on the file was KU 1984 Discoteca though the music dates it as more like ’85. One for the hardcore balearic heads.

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Thanks to Jolyon.

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This is taken wholesale from a chap called icebaer69 over at the Spotlight Ibiza Forums so thanks to him.

On 26th October 1947 two producers arrived on the steam ship, Ciudad de Mahon, to capture scenes of local life for the news programme, NO-DO, which was shown in cinemas before the main feature film in those days. The ten minute video, entitled Ibiza, Isla Blanca (White Island) has now been posted on YouTube.

The commentary tells of the temperate climate which allows for year-round tourism, far from the problems experienced in this day and age, where the summer season barely lasts four months. It goes on to say that the salt pans formed an important source of income for the islanders, production which exceeded 120,000 tons annually, compared with the 40,000 tons collected this year.

More than 60 years ago almonds and carob beans were harvested and exported, whereas now they are often left to rot on the trees. Special mention was made of the religiousness of the inhabitants, and several scenes were shown depicting people in the clothes of yesteryear and dancing the typical bal pagés.

A wedding in San Miguel is shown, as is Vara de Rey in Ibiza Town, before it was paved, and an anti-aircraft refuge can be seen in the background. It took two weeks to film all over the island, which was then condensed into ten minutes. Those were the days!”

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This is special. It’s a film from the closing party of Amnesia in Ibiza, 3rd of October ’89. It’s probably the best thing I’ve seen for summing up what it was like. The club looks truly amazing, and Alfredo is the DJ (of course). There’s an Adamski live PA in the first clip and then on from there with Alfredo playing anything from Inner City to Bob Marley, Pink Floyd and Enya in the final clip. Classic.

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