Jeff Nuttall: Mind Bombs and Mimeographs

Under the Counterculture

by Leon Horton

Nobody knows the future, but anyone who shits on The Establishment can say the worst is behind them.

Poet, publisher, teacher, painter… actor, musician, social commentator – Jeff Nuttall was a polymath and a pioneer, an anarchist sympathizer who grew up in the shadow of the atomic bomb, a jazz trumpeter who blew the changes of the 1960s. An outsider artist, he became a key figure in British counterculture. When he died in 2004, fellow poet Michael Horowitz, writing an obituary in the Guardian, described Nuttall as a “catalyst, perpetrator and champion of rebellion and experiment in the arts and society.”

He wrote over 40 books, acted in films (including the James Bond movie The World Is Not Enough), performed in theatre groups and jazz bands in dingy cellars and smoky bars, but Jeff Nuttall is probably best remembered for two things: his self-produced 60s mimeograph

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