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Mon, Feb. 1st, 2010, 03:51 pm
Alistair Hulett fades away

When I used the tag 'obituaries' for the first time on my last post, I wasn't expecting to use it again on my next one, when I saw an email with the subject line 'Alistair Hulett' in my inbox, I at first assumed he was coming back to New Zealand for another tour. Instead, it was this obituary by David Rovics, who toured with him last time he was here;

"Our tour began in Christchurch, New Zealand. This turned out to seem very fitting, since Christchurch is where Alistair moved as a teenager, along with his parents and his sister, in the mid-1960s. He resented having to leave Glasgow, which was at that time a major hotbed of the 1960s global cultural and political renaissance -- a renaissance which had decidedly not yet made its way to little Christchurch, New Zealand. Alistair described to me how the streets of this small city were filled with proper English ladies wearing white gloves when he moved there as a restless youth."