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Barry Miles.

Barry Miles (or "Miles", born 1943, Cirencester, England) is a British author, luminary of the 1960s underground and businessman. In the 1960s, he was co-owner of the Indica Gallery and helped start the International Times.


Life and work

In the 1960s, Miles was co-owner of the Indica Gallery, allowing him to meet many of the stars of the Swinging London social scene. Miles brought Paul McCartney into contact with people who wanted to start the International Times, which McCartney helped to fund.[1] Miles would later become de facto manager of the Apple's short-lived Zapple Records label, and wrote McCartney's official biography, Many Years from Now (1998).

In 1965, he lived at 15 Hanson Street, London, where Miles and his wife introduced McCartney to Hash Brownies by using a recipe for Hash fudge which they had found in The Alice B. Toklas Cookbook.[2]

With John Hopkins, Miles organized The 14 Hour Technicolor Dream, a concert on 29 April 1967 Alexandra Palace to raise funds for the International Times. It was a multi-artist event, featuring poets, artists and musicians. 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' book Hippie is a reminiscence of the hippie sub-culture from the sixties to the early seventies with interviews, quotes, and images. He co-wrote I Want to Take You Higher (documenting the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum exhibit by the same name) with Charles Perry and James Henke.

Miles has criticized musicians who speak out in support of libertarian and or pro-capitalist attitudes. Artists he has clashed with include left-wing classical liberals such as Neil Peart of the Canadian band Rush. An article about Rush written by Barry Miles in the 4 March 1978 edition of the UK's New Musical Express contained vehement attacks. Miles' book about Frank Zappa also sharply criticized Zappa's Laissez-faire liberal views toward business and labor unions. The views of such musicians contrast sharply with Miles' socialist and collectivist outlook.

Miles has written biographies of Paul McCartney, The Beatles, William Burroughs, Jack Kerouac, Frank Zappa, Charles Bukowski and Allen Ginsberg, in addition to books on John Lennon, The Beatles and The Clash.[3][4]

He is occasionally inaccurately credited as "Miles Mabbett", due to his co-authoring a book with Andy Mabbett, often listed as "by Miles and Andy Mabbett" [1], [2].

Notes and references

  1. ^ Miles, p232
  2. ^ Miles, p233
  3. ^ Amazon Review of Many Years from Now, 4 November 2005. Retrieved on 14 September 2007
  4. ^ Miles, Barry (1981). The Clash. London; New York: Omnibus Press. OCLC 7676911.  


  • Miles, and Mabbett, Andy. Pink Floyd : the visual documentary, 1994. ISBN 0-7119-4109-2
  • Miles, Barry (1997). Many Years From Now. Vintage-Random House. ISBN 0-7493-8658-4.  
  • Miles, Barry (1998). The Beatles: A diary. Omnibus Press. ISBN 978-0711963153.  
  • Miles, Barry (2002) In the Sixties (London: Jonathan Cape)

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