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Recording Locations
1999

 

Tanger Inn, Tangier
30/3/99

An early Parking Non-Stop expedition to Interzone didn't yield any audio recordings, but members of the collective spent a couple of days staying at the Hotel El Muniria on Rue Magellan, former home to William S Burroughs, Allen Ginsburg and Jack Kerouac, three of Parking Non-Stop's greatest influences. An evening was spent in the Hotel's Tanger Inn, (where Naked Lunch was written) and several texts were written, utilising automatic and cut-up techniques, with the assistance of the building's ghosts.


Arras, N.E. France
9/8/99

Church bells and bar ambience were recorded in this quiet medieval town, scene of some of the fiercest fighting of WW1. The town square where the recordings were made was once cut through with trenches


Charleville, N.E. France
10/8/99

More church bells and bar ambience was recorded in this regional centre in the Meuse valley at the base of the Ardennes. The birthplace of Arthur Rimbaud (1854-91), one of Parking Non-Stop's greatest influences.

Alan in the Tanger Inn, Tangier, 30th March 1999


Field near Rethel, Champagne, N.E. France
11/8/99

Members of Parking Non-Stop camped in this muddy field in the Champagne region, between Charleville and Reims, amidst the former Somme battlefields in order to observe and record the total eclipse of the sun that occurred on the 11th of August 1999. The scene was awe-inspiring and the field commentary to the eclipse can be heard on "Sans Lunettes", which appears on the Ochre Records compilation "Infrasonic Waves".


Zoë observing the total solar eclipse in Rethel, 11th August 1999


First World War trenches at Hill 62, Ypres, 13th August 1999

Chimay, Southern Belgium
11/8/99 & 12/8/99

Yet more church bells and general ambience was recorded in this small town in Southern Belgium, famous for one of Parking Non-Stop's favourite beers, "Chimay", which is brewed in the local trappist monastery a few kilometres from the town centre. In addition to the local beer, the collective members also enjoyed the local culinary speciality "Lapin a la Trappiste" - rabbit cooked with plums and beer.


Ypres 13/8/99

Alan first visited this ghostly Flemish town back in the 70s with his late grandfather, who had fought there during the First World War. During this poignant return, more church bells and bar ambience was recorded

 

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