Suze the Blues passed away peacefully just after dawn on Sunday 19th
August 2007. She was surrounded by family and friends. This webpage has
been quickly constructed to provide a photo gallery of Suze and a messagebook
for all her many friends and fans to express their love and feelings.
Click here to read some details of Suze's
and friends and fans messages
|| Please click below for more photos
Thanks so much to everyone for your amazing messages of
support, and to all who have sent in photos. Apologies for the lack of
photo credits. If you would like a photo credited, please
click here to email us with the details
By popular request, here is a brief description of Suzy
and her life:
Suze was born in Lancaster on Feb 11th 1950. Her family moved to Ealing
in West London about 2 years later. In the early 70's Suze attended Exeter
University where she graduated with a degree in Greek Mythology.
While in Exeter she joined the band called "Tribe".
In the mid 70's she moved to the famous Latimer Rd/Frestonia area in Notting
Dale, West London.
I first met her in Bath, on the way to Trentishoe (Pinhoe) free festival
in Devon, in early summer 1976. She danced on stage with us (Here &
Now) at the festival, and gradually joined the band over that summer,
and we became partners. There are more tales about those free festival
days on various pages at the main website:
Suze was also a member of Planet Gong, along with Daevid Allen, Gilli
Smyth and the rest of Here & Now in 1977. Planet Gong completed a
European tour in Nov/Dec 1977, and released the Album "Floating Anarchy
1977" and the single: "Opium for the People" early in 1978.
Suzy had two children: Lily-Rose, our daughter, was conceived during the
Planet Gong tour, and born in August 1978 during a Here & Now british
tour. Tommy, our son, was born in December 1979.
Suze left the Here & Now band in January 1979. By 1980 she had formed
all girl band "The Androids of Mu" with Corrina, Cozzie and
Birsen. Although a collaborative project, Suzy shared lead vocals with
Corrina and wrote much of their material. The Androids were well received
by all, including the music press of the day. They were an integral part
of the post punk scene and released one album "Blood Robots",
with one music paper headline proclaiming it as "Android Genius".
The Androids often performed with other West London squatland heroes including
"The Mob" and toured in Britain and Europe until about 1983.
Suzy lived in London's Shepherds Bush from the early '80's until around
year 2000, when she moved to Devon for a year, then Tottenham in North
London, and more recently in Leominster and Hammersmith.
Outstandingly creative, Suze was a living artwork, frequently wearing
clothes she designed for herself. She designed wonderful clothes, some
of which featured on the front cover of Melody Maker magazine in 1988.
Suze was aesthetically gifted and naturally talented in many media, including
drawing, painting and ceramic work (she learned techniques from potter
A brilliant astrologer, having been a student of Liz Greene in the 1990's,
Suze was also great at Tarot, and several well known folks sought her
out for Astro as wall as Tarot readings.
Mainly during the 1990's, a lot of Suze's time went into organising theatrical
events at various venues and camps, including co-ordinating week-long
performing arts camps for the rainbow circle in the UK. She was particularly
good at working with folks who had never performed before, inspiring them
to recognise and express previously hidden talents. She also directed
'Astro-theatre' at astrology camps and often performed with Alan Dogend's
fun "Little Majic Theatre".
Suze was a great originator of ideas. Many of us alternative-minded folks
try to think for ourselves. But Suze just couldn't help it. She was simply
incapable of following the norm. She always saw things the way she saw
them, and gave it to you straight. I think this was the essence of her
marvelous creative talent.
I remember in France 1976 when we pulled up in the snow on the edge of
the Alps. We were excited beacause none of us had seen snow for a few
years. Suzy just took all her clothes off, ran out of the bus and started
literally rolling around in it!
She was some girl.
If you have some fun memories of Suze, why not share them with everyone
via the MessageBook?
With love, kif kif.