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Obit: Professor John Hasted

Fiolar 10 May 02 - 09:07 AM
Rick Fielding 10 May 02 - 10:51 AM
Lanfranc 10 May 02 - 01:58 PM
GUEST 10 May 02 - 05:44 PM
Wolfgang 14 May 02 - 08:11 AM
greg stephens 14 May 02 - 03:38 PM
Gervase 20 May 02 - 07:47 AM
McGrath of Harlow 20 May 02 - 09:28 AM
Wolfgang 21 May 02 - 04:25 AM
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Wolfgang 21 May 02 - 05:50 AM
MGM·Lion 21 Dec 11 - 07:54 AM
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Subject: Professor John Hasted
From: Fiolar
Date: 10 May 02 - 09:07 AM

The death has occurred of Professor John Hasted, atomic physicist and folk musician. He was born in Woodbridge, Suffolk in 1921 in a house next door to where Edward Fitzgerald, the translator of "The Rubaiyat" once lived. he was a brilliant student and won a scholarship to Oxford and later in life became of the physics department at Birbeck College a post he held until his retirement in 1984.
With A.L. Lloyd he formed the Ramblers which was modelled on such American groups as the Almanac Singers and the Weavers. More than anyone else he was instrumental in making famous the five-string banjo in Britain and his accompaniment of Dominic Behan's "Zoological Gardens" is great stuff. He collected his first folk song from a Yorkshire shepherd. He is survived by twin daughters and a son.


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Subject: RE: OBIT: Professor John Hasted
From: Rick Fielding
Date: 10 May 02 - 10:51 AM

Thanks for passing that on Fiolar. As a little side-note, his name was used in Fred/Karl Dallas' song "The Family of Man". Used to sing that one a lot back in the stone age.

Rick


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Subject: RE: OBIT: Professor John Hasted
From: Lanfranc
Date: 10 May 02 - 01:58 PM

Slight thread creep.

When I worked in Woodbridge back in the 60s, I lived in "digs" at Old Barrack Road, in the house where Fitzgerald once lived. Fitzgerald's niece, Barbara Foster, who inherited the house had all sorts of memorabilia, including a/the(?) manuscript of the Rubaiyat. At the time I was into rock'n'roll more than Folk, and if the Hasted connection was ever mentioned, it didn't stick in my memory.

Another old folkie on his way to Valhalla - he had a "good innings", though, and a full and varied life.

Salve!

Alan


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Subject: RE: OBIT: Professor John Hasted
From: GUEST
Date: 10 May 02 - 05:44 PM

Is this the same John Hasted who investgated the 'paranormal'?


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Subject: RE: OBIT: Professor John Hasted
From: Wolfgang
Date: 14 May 02 - 08:11 AM

Yes, unless there were two John Hasted at Birkbeck College.

Obviously a man with many talents.

Wolfgang


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Subject: RE: OBIT: Professor John Hasted
From: greg stephens
Date: 14 May 02 - 03:38 PM

"A mighty song of peace will soon be ringing/All over this land". Those of us with duffel coats and CND badges will remember John Hasted and his songs with affection.Mighty Song of Peace, Streets of London (no, not THAT one, another one) and he also had a hand in the Greedy Landlord and First Things First. His "Ballad of the Daily Worker" gives a flavour of the times: "So shout it from the rooftops that all can understand/ The worker's daily paper is the finest in the land". Never could quite get my head round all those charming old folkies slobbering over dear Uncle Joe Stalin, but hell,it was the 1950's. their hearts were in theright place. RIP


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Subject: RE: OBIT: Professor John Hasted
From: Gervase
Date: 20 May 02 - 07:47 AM

There was an excellent obit by Karl Dallas in the Indy here. Remarkable bloke!


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Subject: RE: OBIT: Professor John Hasted
From: McGrath of Harlow
Date: 20 May 02 - 09:28 AM

As is Karl Dallas (known at one time as Fred Dallas). Here are the notes I found on the the net about an event ealier this year in Bradford which it would have been good to attend:

Ever since his first article appeared in Melody Maker on July 7, 1957, Karl Dallas has been one of Britain's leading rock and pop critics. Karl has written for Melody Maker, The Times, Rolling Stone, The Independent, and other media throughout the world. He has met and interviewed most of the biggest artists in the industry (with the exception of the Beatles), ranging from Bob Dylan to Frank Zappa and from the Rolling Stones to Ewan MacColl. About 30 years ago, he began to photograph his interviewees, and as a result has built up a unique picture archive that is consulted regularly by the BBC and other media. He has also preserved the tapes of exclusive interviews with people like Jim Morrison of the Doors, and others now dead.

In "An Evening With Frank Zappa, Jim Morrison and Karl Dallas", Karl will be hosting an evening detailing his personal experiences as a journalist and photographer and responding to questions and comments from his audience.

The Priestley's Art Gallery is also hosting "The Shapes of Sounds", an exhibition of Karl's photographs, which runs from February 18th to March 15th, 2002.

For further details of the Exhibition or the evening event, contact: Karl Dallas Tel. 0771 980 5907; Fax 0207 681 1058 (via Jfax), or by e-mail(karldallas@blueyonder.co.uk).


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Subject: RE: OBIT: Professor John Hasted
From: Wolfgang
Date: 21 May 02 - 04:25 AM

Hasted is also the coauthor of an immortal line (among skeptics):

How, then, are we to avoid the possibility being tricked? It should be possible to design experimental arrangements that are beyond any reasonable possibility of trickery, and that magicians will generally acknowledge to be so. In the first stages of our work we did, in fact, present Mr. Geller with several such arrangements, but these proved to be aesthetically unappealing to him. (my emphasis)

As you may guess Mr. Geller found the later experimental set-ups which did not preclude trickery much more appealing.

Wolfgang


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Subject: RE: OBIT: Professor John Hasted
From: GUEST
Date: 21 May 02 - 04:30 AM

Wolfgang,

Do you have a reference for that quote? Thanks


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Subject: RE: OBIT: Professor John Hasted
From: Wolfgang
Date: 21 May 02 - 05:50 AM

Nature, 1975, 254, 470-473

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Wolfgang


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Subject: RE: OBIT: Professor John Hasted
From: MGM·Lion
Date: 21 Dec 11 - 07:54 AM

John was also a great folk talent spotter in early [mid-50s] revival days: many young singers (including me at the Troubadour) would be booked at various clubs or regularly called up from the floor on John's say-so. He was an inspiring leader of the singing and marching on the first CND Aldermaston march, the one which started in London [all the subsequent ones went the other way] in 1958. Never knew anyone else I would rather have marched alongside in rain & snow [tho Easter, it did snow one day!]. It chanced that I met his twin daughters at a memorial party that Audrey Winter held in early 2001 in memory of her husband Eric, founder/editor of Sing; at which time John was very ill. I was able to send my regards to him before he died, and one of his daughters got in touch to confirm that he remembered who I was.

~Michael~


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