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Known as the Bard of Hackney, Frank Bangay has been performing poetry and song for over 40 years on the London poetry scene. He writes about his two passions: music and gardening for various publications including The Big Untidy.

Frank posts a tribute to Jackie Leven

12 November 2013

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Cover of Doll by Doll's album Gypsy Blood showing a photo of Jackie Leven against a black background with the title in a red

My introduction to Jackie Leven came in 1978, when I was living in a mental health hostel. I read in the NME (New Musical Express) that Jackie’s band Doll by Doll  were doing benefit gigs for R. D. Laing’s Philadelphia Association. I knew that Laing offered an alternative way of thinking about mental health. This inspired to me go and see Doll by Doll live, and to buy their records. Jackie Leven was born in Kirkcaldy, Fife, to an Irish Cockney father and a mother from a Romany...

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