Barry Miles, or " Miles" (born 1943, in Cirencester, England), is an English author known for his participation in and writing on the subjects of the 1960s London underground and counterculture. He is the author of numerous books and his work has also regularly appeared in left-wing papers such as . In the 1960s, he was co-owner of the The Guardian Indica Gallery and helped start the independent newspaper . International Times
Life and work [ edit ]
In the 1960s, Miles worked at
Better Books, which was managed by Tony Godwin. Godwin was friends with Lawrence Ferlinghetti, with whom he would exchange Penguin books for City Lights publications. In 1965 Allen Ginsberg gave a reading at Better Books that led to the International Poetry Incarnation, a seminal event co-organised by Miles.
In 1965, Miles and his wife, the former
Susan Crane, introduced  Paul McCartney to hash brownies by using a recipe for hash fudge that they had found in . The Alice B. Toklas Cookbook 
Following the International Poetry Incarnation, Miles established the
Indica Gallery and Bookshop, allowing him to meet many of the stars of the Swinging London social scene. Miles brought McCartney into contact with people who wanted to start  , which McCartney helped to fund. International Times 
John Hopkins and Dave Howson, Miles organised The 14 Hour Technicolor Dream, a concert on 29 April 1967 at Alexandra Palace to raise funds for . It was a multi-artist event, featuring poets, artists and musicians. International Times Pink Floyd headlined the event; other artists included: Yoko Ono and John Lennon, Arthur Brown, jazz-rock group Soft Machine, Tomorrow and The Pretty Things.
Miles became the
manager of the Apple's short-lived de facto Zapple Records label in 1969. While temporarily living in California, Miles produced an album of poetry readings by Richard Brautigan entitled Listening to Richard Brautigan for Zapple. Miles's friendship with Brautigan ended when Miles became involved in an affair with Brautigan's girlfriend Valerie Estes. By the time, the album was completed Miles and Brautigan communicated to each other only through their respective lawyers. Zapple was closed before it could release the Brautigan album, but it was eventually released in 1970 by the U.S. division of  Harvest Records.
In 1970, Miles moved with his wife to rural
New York state, where he lived with Allen Ginsberg on his farm. However, Miles's marriage soon ended and he returned to England. Miles currently lives in London and is married to travel writer  Rosemary Bailey. 
Hippie is a reminiscence of the Hippie sub-culture of the 1960s and early 1970s, with interviews, quotes, and images. He co-wrote (documenting the I Want to Take You Higher Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum exhibit by the same name) with Charles Perry and James Henke.
Miles wrote Paul McCartney's official biography,
(1998). Miles has also written biographies of Many Years from Now Frank Zappa, John Lennon, William S. Burroughs, Jack Kerouac, Charles Bukowski and Ginsberg, in addition to books on The Beatles, Pink Floyd and The Clash,  as well as a definitive history of London's counterculture since 1945,  London Calling. 
Politics [ edit ]
In March 1978, Miles wrote an article critical of the
Canadian band Rush and its drummer Neil Peart, which labeled the band as right-wing. The article, published in UK's  , took exception to Peart's advocacy of the New Musical Express Objectivist philosophy of Ayn Rand. Peart had also described the  Sex Pistols as products of a "socialist" state.  Miles also described Rand (a Russian-born  anti-communist who had become an American citizen) as an "ultra right-wing American." Miles focused on Peart's politics and criticized the band's perceived aloofness and libertarian rhetoric.
In a 2005 biography of Frank Zappa, in which he made no effort to conceal his disdain or disapproval of his subject, Miles criticized Zappa regarding his business-oriented approach to art and complaints about inefficient labor union regulations.
Zappa regularly described himself as "a devout capitalist" and attempted to broker joint commercial ventures with business interests in the former  Soviet Union following the end of the Cold War in 1991. 
Miles and Pearce Marchbank,
The Illustrated Rock Almanac (1977), Paddington Press
Bob Dylan (1978), Big O Publishing
Bob Dylan in His Own Words (1978), edited by Pearce Marchbank, Omnibus Press
Beatles in Their Own Words (1978, compiler), edited by Pearce Marchbank, Omnibus Press
Bowie in His Own Words (1980, compiler), Omnibus Press
John Lennon in His Own Words (1980, compiler), Omnibus Press
David Bowie Black Book (1980), Omnibus Press
Pink Floyd: A Visual Documentary. Omnibus Press. 1980. ISBN 978-0-8256-3948-7.
Pink Floyd: A Visual Documentary (1981 revised edition, and 1988 as 21st anniversary edition), Omnibus Press
The Beatles: An Illustrated Discography (1981), Omnibus Press
The Jam (1981), Omnibus Press
The Pretenders (1981), Omnibus Press
The Ramones: An Illustrated Biography (1981), Omnibus Press
Talking Heads (1981), Omnibus Press
Miles, and Tobler, John (1981). The Clash. Omnibus Press.
Pink Floyd: The Illustrated Discography (1981), Omnibus Press
The Rolling Stones: An Illustrated Discography. Omnibus Press. 1982. ISBN 978-0-86001-762-2.
Mick Jagger in His Own Words (1982, compiler), Omnibus Press
Tobler, John, and Miles (1983). The Clash: A Visual Documentary. Omnibus Press.
Miles, and Charlesworth, Chris (1984). David Bowie Black Book. Omnibus Press. ISBN 978-0-86001-808-7.
Pink Floyd: Another Brick: The Illustrated Pink Floyd Story (1984), Omnibus Press
The Police: A Visual Documentary. Omnibus Press. 1984. ISBN 978-0-86001-801-8.
Miles, and Charlesworth, Chris. (1988). David Bowie Black Book: The Illustrated Biography.
Ginsberg: A Biography. Viking. 1989. ISBN 978-0-670-82683-4.
Miles, Tobler, John, and Pachy, Mal (1992). The Clash: The New Visual Documentary. Omnibus Press.
William Burroughs: El Hombre Invisible: A Portrait. Hyperion. 1993. ISBN 978-1-56282-848-6.
Frank Zappa in His Own Words (1993, compiler), Omnibus Press
Frank Zappa: A Visual Documentary (1993), Omnibus Press
The Rolling Stones: A Visual Documentary (1994), Omnibus Press
Miles, and Mabbett, Andy (1994). Pink Floyd: A Visual Documentary. ISBN 0-7119-4109-2.
William S. Burroughs. Head Farm - Edition Kelln. 1994. ISBN 978-3-933444-11-0.
. Many Years From Now Vintage- Random House. 1997. ISBN 0-7493-8658-4.
The Beatles: A Diary: An Intimate Day by Day History. Omnibus Press. 1998. ISBN 978-0-7119-6315-3.
Jack Kerouac: King of the Beats: A Portrait. Grove Press. 2001.
The Beat Hotel: Ginsberg, Burroughs, and Corso in Paris, 1958-1963. Grove Press. 2001. ISBN 978-0-8021-3817-0.
In the Sixties. Pimlico. 2003. ISBN 978-0-7126-8998-4.
Hippie. Cassell. 2004. ISBN 1-84403-269-8.
Zappa: A Biography. Grove Press. 2005. ISBN 978-0-8021-4215-3.
Charles Bukowski. Virgin. 2005. ISBN 978-1-85227-271-5.
The Beat Collection. Virgin. 2005. ISBN 978-1-85227-264-7.
Miles, Barry (2008). Peace: 50 Years of Protest, 1958-2008. Anova Books. ISBN 978-1-84340-457-6.
The British Invasion: The Music, the Times, the Era. Sterling. 2009. ISBN 978-1-4027-6976-4.
London Calling: A Countercultural History of London Since 1945. Atlantic Books. 2010. ISBN 978-1-84354-613-9.
In the Seventies: Adventures in the counterculture. Serpent's Tail. 2011. ISBN 978-1-84668-690-0.
William S. Burroughs: A Life. Weidenfeld & Nicolson. 2014. ISBN 978-0-2978-6725-8.
The Zapple Diaries. Peter Owen. 2015. ISBN 978-0-7206-1860-0.
Notes and references [ edit ]
^ a b Jonathon Green Obituary: Sue Miles, The Guardian (website), 13 October 2010.
^ Miles, London Calling: A Countercultural History of London Since 1945, 2010, p. 233.
^ Thomson, Liz: London Calling: A Countercultural History of London Since 1945, By Barry Miles The Independent, Friday, 12 March 2010.
^ Miles (2010), p. 232.
^ "Comprehensive information about Richard Brautigan, his life, and writings", Brautigan.net.
^ Rosemary Bailey website http://www.rosemarybailey.com/
^ Amazon Review of Many Years from Now, Amazon.com, 4 November 2005. Retrieved on 14 September 2007.
^ Miles, Barry (1981). The Clash. London; New York: Omnibus Press. OCLC 7676911.
^ Barry Miles, London Calling: A Countercultural History of London Since 1945, 2010.
^ a b "Is everybody feelin' all RIGHT? (Geddit...?)". New Musical Express, 4 March 1978.
^ The Journal of Ayn Rand Studies (Volume 4, Number 1): 161-85
^ Rush: "Our fans feel vindicated", The Guardian, 24 March 2011.
^ Zappa: A Biography, Grove Press, 2004.
^ Feldman, Paul (6 December 1993). "Frank Zappa, Iconoclast of Rock, Dies at 52". Los Angeles Times.
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