PUCE MOMENT (1968)
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from Forced Exposure:
Two gorgeous psychedelic folk rock songs on a 45 RPM 7" make up the soundtrack to Kenneth Anger's six-minute short film entitled Puce Moment. Unbelievably beautiful music by the mysterious Jonathan Halper who is not known to have published any other music.
Recorded in Essex in 1968. Puce Moment is a short six minute film by Kenneth Anger, made in 1949. The film opens with a camera watching 1920's style flapper gowns being taken off a dress rack. The dresses are removed and danced off the rack to music.
The original soundtrack was Verdi opera music; in the late 1960s, Anger re-released the film with a new psychedelic folk-rock soundtrack performed by Jonathan Halper. The songs included in this 1968 version are 'Leaving My Old Life Behind' and 'I'm a Hermit'. These are the only two songs known to have been written, recorded and/or released by Jonathan Halper. Halper allegedly met Kenneth Anger in the late 60s in Samyeling. After meeting Anger, he quit everything and everyone in his life and moved to a Monastery in Scotland.