12th of August 2021
Dear Roller Coaster,
Hope you are well.
And your joints are not creaking as much as mine.
I was told that you read my letter to the Dear Reader a couple of weeks ago. The one where I explained how my Grandfather took me for a ride on you back in ’62 and where I confessed that I have spent much of the rest of my life, searching for something both as scary and exciting as you were to me then as a nine-year-old boy.
And here I am heading back to Great Yarmouth for all those reasons why I explained to the Dear Reader. As you may have already ascertained, I have a habit of writing long letters. They are usually written at first light when the rest of me has not addressed the realities of the coming day. I also have a habit of asking questions even though I don’t expect answers. Maybe the questions are more directed at myself. I have a habit of deflecting questions.
I thought I should drop you a line to give some sort of warning of what I and my several selves will be attempting to do in your town when the leaves start to fall from the trees.
The Seventh Step of The 25 Paintings twelve year world tour by Bill Drummond is about to land in PRIMEYARC.
As in the former Debenhams.
The Seventh Step will land in PRIMEYARC on the evening of the 10th of September 2021 and will not lift its heel until the 17th of October 2021.
I like to make lists.
Lists with titles.
I like titles.
Do you like titles?
I used to judge Long Playing records as much by the title, as the music.
Bill Drummond is one of my other selves.
He is my main day-to-day other self.
The one I use when filling out forms.
So I will start with him at the top of the list…
Bill Drummond is William Ernest Drummond born on the 29th of April 1953.
Bill Drummond is not too sure what he is.
Do you know what you are?
TENZING SCOTT BROWN:
Tenzing Scott Brown is one of Bill Drummond’s other-selves
Tenzing Scott Brown is not to be trusted.
Who can be trusted?
PRIMEYARC is a “space for creative communal collaborations”.
PRMEYARC is hosted by originalprojects.
THE PLAY – THE 25 PAINTINGS:
Although The 25 Paintings presents itself with the appearance of being an exhibition of evolving art works, there is an alternative interpretation. This interpretation is presented by Tenzing Scott Brown.
Tenzing Scott Brown makes a claim for The 25 Paintings to be one of his plays.
And as such the actual 25 paintings are in fact merely the stage set and props for his play of the same name.
And as such the performance of this play can only be experienced by visiting the ‘exhibition’ and watching the other people also visiting the ‘exhibition’. For they are the actors in the play.
And as such the dialogue of this play can only be experienced by overhearing what others visiting the ‘exhibition’ are talking about.
Tenzing Scott Brown claims this to be the world premiere of this particular play.
Bill Drummond may disagree and will reserve his judgment.
Do any of us actually reserve judgment?
THE EXHIBITION – THE 25 PAINTINGS:
The most obvious participants in The 25 Paintings exhibition are 25 large canvases that are each positioned on their own cumbersome easels, positioned randomly across the floor of PRIMEYARC. Each of these canvases are over-painted at least once a year during the twelve years of their world tour. They are over-painted with words in the language of that year’s step of the tour. These words, and in turn these canvases, act as signposts, advertisements or indicators of activities being carried out by Bill Drummond’s various selves.
Do you have various selves?
Added to each year of the twelve year tour are 25 A4 sized tribute paintings to The 25 Paintings.
These 25 A4 tribute paintings are known as The Tributes.
Many of The Tributes have been painstakingly painted by one of Bill Drummond’s children.
What are children for?
Each grouping of The Tributes are framed and hung on a wall.
Each grouping of The Tributes are done in the language of that year’s Step of the twelve year tour. So far there are seven sets of The Tributes, framed in seven large and heavy oak frames.
PENKILN BURN POSTERS:
There are over 500 different Penkiln Burn Posters.
Penkiln Burn Posters are either A1 or A0 in size
Forty of the A1 sized Penkiln Burn Posters are framed and will be hanging on the walls of PRIMEYARC. These forty Penkiln Burn Posters were printed and framed in 2014. Their job is to state clearly what activities are being carried out during The 25 Painting twelve year world tour. These forty Penkiln Burn Posters did not take into account the rise of Tenzing Scott Brown’s ambitions and The Travelling Salesman’s avaristic motivations.
Is “avaristic” a proper word?
THE PENKILN BURN:
The Penkiln Burn is a small river in Galloway, South West Scotland.
The Penkiln Burn is the brand name that Bill Drummond has been using since 1998. And will continue to use for the rest of his life.
The Penkiln Burn is where he hopes some of his ashes will be scattered.
THE TWELVE STEPS:
Bill Drummond considers The 25 Paintings twelve year world tour to be a Twelve Step Programme.
The Twelve Steps started out in 2014 as The Ten Commandments of Art.
The Ten Commandments of Art were published in The Observer.
Each of The Twelve Steps has a title.
Each year of The 25 Paintings twelve year world tour, Bill Drummond graffitis the title of that year’s Step onto a wall under Spaghetti Junction. Bill Drummond considers Spaghetti Junction to be his own gallery.
Spaghetti Junction represents him.
Spaghetti Junction is in Birmingham.
The 2021 Step has the title Never Lock Your Door.
Might you ever go on holiday leaving your door unlocked?
Would you spend your holiday lying by the pool thinking about your unlocked door?
Does the statement Never Lock Your Door mean anything?
THE WORLD TOUR 2021 ‘WHO ATE MY UNCLE?’
Who Ate My Uncle? is the overall title of what Bill Drummond may be instigating within PRIMEYARC and across Great Yarmouth between the 10th of September and 17th of October 2021.
This may include, but not be limited to, the following:
THE PLAY – WHITE SAVIOUR COMPLEX:
White Saviour Complex is a three act play by Tenzing Scott Brown.
White Saviour Complex will be performed by Tam Dean Burn and Bill Drummond. The second act of this play is a projection of the film Best Before Death.
The performance of White Saviour Complex will take place inside PRIMEYARC on the evening of Friday the 10th of September.
White Saviour Complex is also being published on the 11th of September 2021 as a hardback book in an edition of 400.
THE FILM – BEST BEFORE DEATH:
Best Before Death is Bill Drummond’s strapline.
Best Before Death is a film by the Irish director Paul Duane.
Best Before Death documents two previous steps in The 25 Paintings twelve year world tour. These Steps were in Kolkata, India (2016) and Lexington, North Carolina (2018). This is a link to a trailer for the film.
Do brands undermine themselves when they change their strapline?
Are you a brand?
Are we all brands?
Should we all have straplines?
THE PLAY – WHITE MALE GAZE:
White Male Gaze is also a play by Tenzing Scott Brown. Although the world premiere of this play, it will be performed as a reading by Tam Dean Burn, Ana Moreira & John Jay Stephen. This play is set in Great Yarmouth on the night of the day of the reading. The performance reading of White Male Gaze will take place inside PRIMEYARC on the evening of Saturday the 11th of September:
Tickets to each of these performances will be free.
Tickets to each of these performances will be strictly limited to 40.
Tickets for each of these plays can be booked by clicking…
Here for White Saviour Complex
Here for White Male Gaze
White Male Gaze is also being published on the 11th of September 2021 as a hardback book in an edition of 400.
THE SALE – THE TRAVELING SALESMAN:
The Traveling Salesman will be hovering around the outside of PRIMEYARC with his crocodile skin suitcase full of copies of White Saviour Complex and White Male Gaze to sell for ten quid each.
The Traveling Salesman is one of Bill Drummond’s other selves.
No matter the cover price, The Traveling Salesman is currently selling all available Penkiln Burn Books for a tenner a go.
The Traveling Salesman is not to be trusted.
If The Traveling Salesman is not to hand White Saviour Complex and White Male Gaze will be sold from PRIMEYARC for the duration of Who Ate My Uncle? There will be no second editions.
How many editions should one life have?
THE ACTORS – THE PENKILN BURN PLAYERS:
The Penkiln Burn Players are a loose troupe of travelling players led by Tam Dean Burn.
The Penkiln Burn Players exist to perform the work of Tenzing Scott Brown.
When is a play not a play?
When is a player not a player?
TAM DEAN BURN:
Tam Dean Burn is a Scottish actor of repute.
Tam Dean Burn is an internationalist.
Tam Dean Burn can be trusted.
Tam Dean Burn is a Communist.
What are Communists for?
Bill Drummond bakes cakes.
Bill Drummond learnt to bake cakes because his mother did not bake enough cakes.
Bill Drummond will be baking cakes in PRIMEYARC and delivering them to unsuspecting folk who live on the Great Yarmouth Cake Circle.
Do you live on the Great Yarmouth Cake Circle?
Bill Drummond likes weeds.
Ragworts are weeds that poison farm animals.
Ragworts crack pavements.
Ragworts are unwanted.
Ragworts are exterminated.
Ragworts are beautiful wild flowers that can grow anywhere.
Ragwort Week exists to celebrate all unwanted life forms. And the force of nature to destroy man’s ambitions.
Ragwort Week 2021 will be between Monday the 13th of September and Sunday the 19th of September. This will be the final of the ten Ragwort Weeks (2012 – 2021). Drummond will be celebrating this final Ragwort Week by picking bunches of local Ragworts and placing them in jars around the floor of PRIMEYARC.
To coincide with this, the final 100 copies of the edition of 1,000 of the book Ragwort (2012) by Bill Drummond will be made available for sale via Alimentation from 9am (BST) on Monday the 13th of September.
Do you have a favourite weed?
What would you like to exterminate?
THE INTERCONTINENTAL TWINNING ASSOCIATION:
Bill Drummond likes to twin.
The Intercontinental Twinning Association exists to twin places, things and thoughts with other places, things or thoughts, wherever they might be lurking in the world. Bill Drummond will be twinning a local Turkish Barber’s Shop in Great Yarmouth with Metin’s Barber’s Shop on Albion Parade, London N16. The twinning will be marked by Drummond having a shave in the local Turkish Barber’s Shop. And Tenzing Scott Brown writing a Forty Second Play while sitting in this barber’s shop staring out at the passing world.
Tenzing Scott Brown likes to stare out at the passing world.
If you could twin yourself with someone else in the world, who would it be?
FORTY MINUTE INTERVIEWS:
Bill Drummond likes to ask questions.
Forty Minute Interviews are a series of forty minute interviews that Bill Drummond has been conducting with various folk over the past few years. There will be no more than 40 of these Forty Minute Interviews. Some of these interviews are conducted in private, some are conducted in public, some never happen.
Each of these interviews follows the same format.
Each of these interviews are framed by four similar questions.
Bill Drummond will be interviewing The Boss for Forty Minutes.
The Boss is Albert Jones.
Albert Jones is The Boss of the Pleasure Beach, Great Yarmouth.
The four questions Bill Drummond will be asking Albert Jones will be:
What is Pleasure?
What is Pleasure for?
When did you first experience Pleasure?
When will you last experience Pleasure?
The interview will be recorded and transcribed.
All 40 of the Forty Minute Interviews are being recorded and transcribed.
Once all 40 have been done, the transcribed words will be usurped by Tenzing Scott Brown to be used as raw material for one of his plays. A play that will not be performed for at least forty years.
If you could ask The Boss four questions what would they be?
Where there is Amazon there is also Alimentation.
Alimentation is an online shopping centre based in rural Suffolk.
Amazon promise next day delivery.
Alimentation promise to deliver things worth waiting for.
Alimentation is the prime retail outlet for Penkiln Burn Books.
The Alimentation Boss is Cally.
Cally has art directed Penkiln Burn Books from before 45 until tomorrow and tomorrow and tomorrow.
If, after the end of The 25 Paintings sojourn in PRIMEYARC has come to an end, and The Seventh Step has lifted from Great Yarmouth, there are any copies of Antimacassar, Best Gent Hair Saloon, White Saviour Complex, White Male Gaze or even Ragworts left unsold in The Travelling Salesman’s crocodile skin suitcase, a further Penkiln Burn Newsletter will be sent out announcing the time and date of their sale via Alimentation.
THE MILLION STITCH BLANKET:
In 1958 Mrs. Gilchrist was the teacher of Primary One.
Bill Drummond was in Primary One.
Mrs. Gilchrist taught her class to knit.
Bill Drummond has been knitting ever since.
The Million Stitch Blanket is a blanket being knitted out of 1,000 knitted squares. Each square is knitted from 1,000 stitches.
The Million Stitch Blanket is being knitted at Knit & Natter Sessions over the course of The 25 Paintings twelve year world tour.
Knit & Natter Sessions will be randomly hosted by Bill Drummond in PRIMEYARC over the run of the Who Ate My Uncle? These sessions will be open to anyone who can or cannot knit, to take part in the knitting of the Million Stitch Blanket.
Bill Drummond will teach those that cannot knit,
Bill Drummond will provide the wool and needles.
These are informal Knit & Natter Sessions, where the future of humankind will be discussed along with comparing and contrasting the early careers of Madonna, Lady Gaga and Billie Eilish.
Although not recorded, the content of these discussions might also be usurped by Tenzing Scott Brown for his play Before During After.
Do you think Billie Eilish should have done the Vogue cover shoot?
BEFORE DURING AFTER:
Before During After is a play in three acts by Tenzing Scott Brown. An exploratory production of this play may be performed, as part of the YARMONICS festival sometime over the 25th and 26th of September.
Act One of Before During After may draw upon conversations regarding the early careers of Madonna, Lady Gaga and Billie Eilish.
Act Three may be a period performance of Score 328: SURROUND by The17 tribute choir – The Seventeen.
The Seventeen being a mere tribute act, only 40 individuals are required to create the period performance of Score 328: SURROUND, thus not the 100 needed to perform the genuine thing.
The official premiere of the play Before During After may be part of the Deliaphonic celebrations in Coventry 2022 or 23.
There are two Delia’s in Bill Drummond’s life – Smith and Derbyshire.
Do you have a Delia in your life?
DRUMMOND’S INTERNATIONAL GREY:
In 1960 Mrs. Monteith was the teacher of Primary Three.
Bill Drummond was in Primary Three.
On the first day of the Autumn term…
Mrs. Monteith asked Primary Three “What is your favourite colour?”
Bill Drummond put his hand up and said “My favourite colour is grey.”
Then all the boys and girls in Primary Three knitted scarves in their favourite colour. Bill Drummond finished knitting his grey scarf on the day the first snowflake fell that December.
Drummond’s International Grey is a brand of paint that exists to obliterate anything that offends your eye. If anything in Great Yarmouth offends the eye of Drummond he will obliterate it with Drummond’s International Grey. Drummond is currently finding himself offended by the strapline used by
The Halifax – It’s A People Thing.
What is your favourite colour?
MAN MAKING BED:
Bill Drummond likes wood.
Bill Drummond likes to make things from wood.
In 1959, as a Christmas present at the age of six, Bill Drummond was given a chisel and wooden mallet to hit the chisel.
Over the course of twenty years (2006 – 2026), Bill Drummond is making forty beds out of wood. He proclaims the beds are not the art, but what happens on, in or under the beds, during their lifetime, are the art.
As in the lives conceived, the games played, the dreams dreamt, the deaths dealt.
Drummond will be making a bed from wood in the Market Place over the two days of the 1st & 2nd of October. As usual, he will also be offering raffle tickets for the bed. Once the bed has been made a raffle ticket will be drawn from a hat. Drummond will then deliver the bed to the winner’s home.
Would you like to hit a chisel with a wooden mallet? If so, turn up at the Market Place and tell Bill Drummond you want a go.
Do you like to have a go?
What is having a go?
Is it too late to have a go at Revolution?
Is Revolution just an excuse for the Patriarchy to have a go?
MAN SHINES SHOES:
Bill Drummond likes to shine shoes.
Bill Drummond likes to work as a shoeshine boy.
Over the course of twenty-odd years, Bill Drummond is hoping to shine 1,000 pairs of shoes.
Bill Drummond will be working as a shoeshine boy in the Market Place on the 8th or 9th of October.
Bill Drummond likes the smell of shoe polish.
Do you have a pair of shoes to be shined by Bill Drummond?
Man Makes Bed (2014) and Man Shines Shoes (2013) are also the titles of two books by Bill Drummond. Up until now, these books have only ever been sold directly from Drummond while shining shoes or making beds. The Travelling Salesman might be hovering in the hope that he can sell copies of Man Makes Bed and Man Shines Shoes, while the above two things are happening, or whenever he can.
Does the world need more physical books?
THE THEME TUNE:
Bill Drummond used to like making up tunes.
True To The Trail is a tune that Bill Drummond made up and recorded in 1986.
On each of the Twelve Steps of The 25 Paintings world tour, Bill Drummond instigates the recording of some local musicians performing their interpretation of True To The Trail.
Pedro Cassimo is a Great Yarmouth based producer and rapper.
It is very much hoped by Bill Drummond that Pedro Cassimo will create a track using True To The Trail as a starting point.
This is a link to a recent track by Pedro Cassimo.
True To The Trail is Bill Drummond’s theme tune.
Do you have a theme tune?
THE LIFE AND DEATH OF AN ARTIST:
Bill Drummond does not like mirrors.
Bill Drummond does not like having his photograph taken.
At times publications require photographs of Bill Drummond.
Bill Drummond came to an arrangement.
The Life & Death Of An Artist is a series of photographs of Drummond taken by the artist Tracey Moberly. The first of these photographs was taken in 2009. It was of Bill Drummond standing in the Penkiln Burn holding a Salmon in one hand and a bunch of Bluebells in the other.
Since then all of The Life & Death Of An Artists photographs follow the same format.
Is there one photograph of you that you would like to delete from the world?
LONE SWEEPER; BANG DRUM; BLOW HORN:
Bill Drummond has many more selves.
The Lone Sweeper, The Man Who Bangs His Drum and The Man Who Blows His Horn will all be at work in Great Yarmouth during Who Ate My Uncle? But their work will be unannounced. Tenzing Scott Brown is in the process of turning these other selves into puppets, to merely perform in his plays. Tenzing Scott Brown is jealous of the other selves.
Do you have many other selves?
Could you be turned into a puppet?
Tracey Moberly is a Welsh artist of standing.
Tracey Moberly is an activist.
Tracey Moberly is real.
Tracey Moberly has been documenting The 25 Paintings twelve year world tour since inception using the medium of photography.
Tracey Moberly is many things to many people.
Tracey Moberly is a Socialist.
What are Socialists for?
THE TRACEY MOBERLY EXPERIENCE:
The Tracey Moberly Experience is a brand new forty minute play by Tenzing Scott Brown.
The Tracey Moberly Experience is so new that the real Tracey Moberly is unaware of its existence.
The Tracey Moberly Experience is performed to an audience of one.
The audience sits face to face with the real Tracey Moberly in private.
The audience can ask the real Tracey Moberly for advice about politics, life, relationships, death, colour, age, journeys, gender and slippery slopes.
The audience can record the play and use the recording for whatever purposes they may care to.
There will be only one performance of The Tracey Moberly Experience in Great Yarmouth.
This performance will be at 3pm on Saturday the 16th of October 2021.
The price of the ticket will be one hundred pounds cash handed to the real Tracey Moberly before the play begins.
What will Tracey say?
Will we witness physical cash disappear in our lifetime?
Bill Drummond likes to make soup.
He has been making soup since he first went to Art School in 1970.
The closing night of Who Ate My Uncle? will be on Saturday the 16th of October 2021, this night will be celebrated at PRIMEYARC with Bill Drummond making soup for all those that care to turn up.
The soup will be vegetarian and vegan and so thick you will be able to stand a wooden spoon up in it.
Do you have a wooden spoon?
And that dear Roller Coaster is the end of this letter to you.
Yours with much sincerity,
The Elderly Gentleman
I very much look forward to riding on you one more time.
We all like to ride – ask Jamie.