As a retrospective exhibition of rock and pop album covers, magazines and posters opened today in the Whisky McNightly Annex of the Assembly Hall Pump Room, Bradford Abbas. Threadbone Corporation and Hornimint Company executives are bracing themselves for a public backlash. Featuring many famous Dorset groups, individuals and celebrities captured "in their pomp" in the 1960s, the exhibition necessarily invites us to examine once again the sometimes chequered past and doubtful conduct of some of our modern day icons when they were first bursting onto the "happening Dorset scene"*. "Featuring many famous Dorset groups, individuals and celebrities captured "in their pomp" in the 1960s, the exhibition necessarily invites us to examine once again the sometimes chequered past and doubtful conduct of some of our modern day icons when they were just bursting onto the "happening Dorset scene", explained curator and pop historian Suzie Audi-Quatro.
*Term copyright © Ron Nasty, Syndling St Nicholas Sun Newspapers Ltd: "Ziggy Osmington and the Dorset Happening Scene" Sunday Supplement May 1964.
So who has most to fear from this icy blast from a dicy past? The smart money would - ordinarily - be on Ziggy Osmington whose career with, first The Belle-Ends and later The Boners, was certainly dicier than most. "But", Suzie explains, "there aren't that many skeletons left in Ziggy's cupboard apart from his own. Most of its been out there for years and the recent "f**k-and-tell" biography - Fingering Myself: The Life and Strange Times of Ziggy Osmington by Sandra Wonite-Stande [Threadbone Press 2017] [available HERE] - left very little if anything to be revealed later".
Rather, Threadbone Corporation and Hornimint Company executives fear, the spotlight is likely to fall on a young Professor Brian Thrupiece who was, supporters of the missing Professor insist, lured into a photoshoot which he later came to regret "more than almost anything else in his life - except boarding a plane to Switzerland, booking into the Hotel Cornavin and disappearing --- obviously". The most famous product of that shoot appeared on the cover of the October 1963 edition of Rolling Bone Magazine. Having bought the remaining 2,500 unsold copies of the Magazine at auction in 2007 [when the Magazine folded as a result of a lost libel suit - see "Shelley-Lulette Triumphs in Court", The Lytchett Minster Law Review September 2007], the powers that be in Great Heaving will have hoped the matter was at an end. However, a private collector "quite possibly with an "anti-Thrupiece or anti-Threadbone agenda"] has lent a copy to the exhibition organisers and it now stands in pride of place in - ironically - the Thrupiece Room of the Whisky McNightly Annex of the Assembly Hall Pump Room, Bradford Abbas.
All that said, unabashed admirers of the Professor are confident early indiscretions will soon be forgiven and forgotten. "You have to remember", says unabashed admirer, Una Bascht. "he was very young at the time ... and he almost certainly needed the money."
The power of the image. Threadbone Corporation and Hornimint Company executives are bracing themselves for a storm of protest as an image of the young Professor Thrupiece looks set to start tongues wagging once again.