- Born working-class
- Bourgeois education
- Aristocratic taste & appetite
- Has since become lumpenproletarian
(& proud of it!)
- Resists wage slavery
- Subsists on welfare when necessary
(poor man's arts council grant)
- Gives very good value for money!
(This is the Bottom Line)
- 1951 Born a short walk from the grave
of Dante Gabriel Rossetti
['I have been here before' -Sudden Light]
- early success in fancy dress competitions
- first verse published aged 9
born in the post-war baby boom
beneath the shadow of cold war doom
- performed in Gang Shows
& school productions, inc.
psychedelic version of 'Alice
in Wonderland' (Press notice:
'the turned-on Dormouse with the
John Lennon look', 1968 )
- Father, Namur King, died. In last letter to me wrote:
'Always, cling to your convictions although it will be difficult at times in this cynical & mercenary world and you will find no little adversity in the practice of propounding a belief or adopting an unconventional attitude.' (Namur King)
This invaluable advice has guided me throughout my subsequent life.
- became Vegetarian
- made 2 short 8mm films (long before digital video & YouTube etc)
- expelled from school
for allowing hair to grow...
- 1971 Conducted Anarchist anti-exams campaign
(along with Dr Brian Butterworth et al.)
at University College London. Told by Prof.
Frank Kermode 'this isn't Utopia', asked 'Why not?'...
|1973 - became Page 3 pin-up in Daily Mirror!|
- (1972 - 5) Attended Stirling University, Scotland,
at time of Queen's visit Demo & subsequent Occupation,
arrested for being 'in clandestine possession of a boat',
(now there's an anecdote!), charge later dropped
dropped acid, smoked dope, ate magic mushrooms etc,
as long-haired students do or used to,
(also read a lot of books)
studied with Norman MacCaig,
crossed (s)words with Hugh MacDiarmid,
began live performance of own material
(at various venues), later culminating in hour-long solo shows...
Fed at least 5000
as Militant Guerrilla Wholefood Cook
(trained by French Sufi J.C.,
who cooked miso soup & pumpkin pie for John Lennon in Toronto!)
Started Wholefood Co-op
- Appeared as Extra in Monty Python & the Holy Grail
(together with cast of thousands!) 1975
Over the years, various, impermanent, intimate personal relationships,
(loving & leaving/ being left)
which remain strictly private
- no salacious revelations
or risqué exposés here!
[If it's sensationalist smut you're seeking, try this.]
from late 1970s
- Modelled for Life Drawing Classes
(cf. Quentin Crisp)
- Taught English as a Foreign Language
& attempt to write it as such...
Temporary work in Fields, Factories &
Shops, Offices, even door-to-door...
Experienced long-term unemployment,
being surplus to requirements
on an over-populated island
1990s Community activism,
started LETS group,
named alternative currency,
in the capitalist game
failed to achieve
either fortune or fame
believed each & all
should be valued the same
an anarchist ethic
could well be to blame
"Unprofitable progress towards the grave..." (Wordsworth)
(To be continued & expanded...)
Recently, was wrongfully arrested... (July, 2005). Traumatic experience!
Davy King now lives quietly creating this website & cultivating his garden...
'man & mobile' (animated self-portrait, October 2005)
Anecdote (Meeting a Famous Man)
A - Z
Davy King sings - not very well, terribly really- an original ditty entitled 'TERRIBLE TIMES'
[NB Embedded Sound requires Internet Explorer]