SPACE FARM REMEMBERED, AT AUDIOCULTURE (2018): Reaching for the spiritual sky

 |   |  1 min read

SPACE FARM REMEMBERED, AT AUDIOCULTURE (2018): Reaching for the spiritual sky

Although Harvey Mann and Glen Absolum were not alone in embracing the spiritual philosophy of Krishna consciousness which emerged in the early 1970s, they were among New Zealand’s most visible adherents to this path of spiritual enlightenment.

So much so that in May 1972 the New Zealand Herald reported on the phenomenon of the chanting, shaven-head Krishnas on Auckland’s Queen St and noted among the devotees in this new cult were two members of “the Auckland pop group Space Farm”.

“Spiritual food in Queen Street” was the Herald’s headline, which reported that pedestrians were baffled as the Krishnas gave away fruit and flowers. “Singing Maha Mantra – mind delivering – chants to the music of a guitar and small brass cymbals, the four Krishna devotees presented passersby with booklets, and specifically blessed fruit.”

The purpose of the exchange was to interest people in God, Mr Richard Cook, “road manager for the Space Farm group”, told the Herald. “It is our philosophy to preach about God for the benefit of everyone.”

The Krishna duo providing the music on Queen St were guitarist Mann and drummer Absolum. But Space Farm, by any stretch of the definition, was most certainly not a “pop group” . . .

To read the full article about Space Farm go here at www.audioculture.co.nz

Audioculture is the self-described Noisy Library of New Zealand Music and is an ever-expanding archive of stories, scenes, artists, clips and music. Elsewhere is proud to have some small association with it. Check it out here.

Share It

Your Comments

Relic - Nov 20, 2018

Sure be nice to have that Spacefarm album now! the common lament of those that carted their vinyl to parties in wooden beer crates in the back of a ’58 Ford V8…

post a comment

More from this section   Absolute Elsewhere articles index

GRAMSCI, FINALLY ON VINYL (2023): the Permanence, Object and Like Stray Voltage LP editions

GRAMSCI, FINALLY ON VINYL (2023): the Permanence, Object and Like Stray Voltage LP editions

In a recent interview with Elsewhere, the Auckland-based musician Paul McLaney spoke of the long-held ambition for his music in a way that could resonate with young musicians starting out.... > Read more

ROXY MUSIC: REMAKE REMODEL RERELEASE (2012)

ROXY MUSIC: REMAKE REMODEL RERELEASE (2012)

Before one of their earliest live shows – at the rain-soaked Great Western Festival in May 1972, on the bill with hard-rockers Nazareth – Roxy Music saxophonist Andy Mackay was... > Read more

Elsewhere at Elsewhere

JOHN COLTRANE AND MILES DAVIS: Genius at work and playing, 1955-61

JOHN COLTRANE AND MILES DAVIS: Genius at work and playing, 1955-61

For two people about to write themselves into music history, their credentials were not promising. Only a few years previously, the trumpeter was so hooked on heroin that he was almost... > Read more

EPs by Yasmin Brown: Louis Baker, Womb, Phodiso, Lucy Gooch

EPs by Yasmin Brown: Louis Baker, Womb, Phodiso, Lucy Gooch

With so many CDs commanding and demanding attention Elsewhere will run this occasional column by the informed and opinionated Yasmin Brown. She will scoop up some of those many EP... > Read more