Beech Hill Publishing Company

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Constantinople in the 1920s


​​Legendary guitarist. Founding member of Television. Masterful storyteller.

Written in Lloyd's inimitable, frequently humorous style, Everything is Combustible chronicles, through vignettes, Lloyd's colorful early life, starting in Pittsburgh and soon moving to New York City, and then details his teenage travels and encounters with music legends including Jimi Hendrix, Led Zeppelin, John Lee Hooker, Buddy Guy and Keith Moon. 

Lloyd recounts the founding of Television, the band's rise alongside other bands and personalities in the 1970’s New York Music scene, and the legend-making of the unparalleled music venue CBGB.  As the rock ‘n’ roll tales unfold, he accompanies them with insights into his approach to music and the electric guitar.

Lloyd’s mid-career vignettes detail his solo years, including the backstory of critically praised records such as Alchemy and Field of Fire, his drug addiction and recovery, his 90s-era work, and touring adventures with artists such as Matthew Sweet, John Doe, and Robert Quine. Throughout the book is an undercurrent—Lloyd’s continually evolving spiritual-philosophical approach to life, emerging from the conscious digestion of the highs and the lows—both ends of the same stick.

In Everything is Combustible, Richard Lloyd relates his life, both inner and outer, in the narrative style, digging beneath the events and revealing their meanings.

Everything is Combustible is a must-have for any fan of Television and the heyday of the New York rock music scene. It fills a void in the written record as the first complete account of the band, including the making of their records and touring, from a founding member of the band.

Considered a foundational band of alternative rock, Television’s debut record, Marquee Moon, is widely viewed by critics and musicians as one of the greatest albums ever recorded.   As one half of Television’s unique guitar sound, and a legendary solo artist in his own right, Richard Lloyd’s music has influenced a range of bands and artists from U2, Johnny Marr and Joy Division to R.E.M., Sonic Youth, Wilco and John Frusciante.


For Release: October 24, 2017/ Pre-order: May 1, 2017

Everything is Combustible

Television, CBGB's and Five Decades of Rock and Roll

Richard Lloyd

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Constantinople Notes on the Transition to Man Number 4

Boris Ferapontoff

With an Introduction and Commentary by Joseph Azize

On Sale: June 27, 2017

Boris Ferapontoff was a pupil of Gurdjieff in Russia, in Constantinople, and was again with him at the Prieuré. At the Prierué, he was a Movements demonstrator, and apparently correctly predicted that he would die young.

 From the Introduction by Joseph Azize: What is the material? I think that much of it may be based on lectures Ouspensky gave in Turkey. Some of it seems to me to be pure Gurdjieff, although Ouspensky could quote Gurdjieff directly, so one cannot be dogmatic. Various ideas in these notes, e.g., those concerning karma, were never referred to by Ouspensky in In Search of the Miraculous, Psychology of Man’s Possible Evolution, New Model of the Universe, or in any of his reported questions and answers. That makes me think that these notes are unlikely to be Ouspensky’s words alone, because had Ouspensky ever expressed these powerful ideas, why would he apparently discard them, especially as he stated that he aimed to pass on the system as he had received it and as a whole? Also, one of the comments about the Absolute (not in this selection) makes the Absolute sound like God, and Ouspensky repudiated that suggestion. If the sound of Gurdjieff comes through loud and clear in this extract, it’s in the pithy comment about “perspicacity.”

BORIS FERAPONTOFF grew up in a wealthy family in czarist Russia. Beginning in February 1920, he attended Ouspensky's lectures in Constantinople and later attended Gurdjieff's lectures, also in Constantinople. Ferapontoff joined Gurdjieff and other students in Berlin, later moving to the Prieuré, were he was Gurdjieff’s secretary and provided English translations of Gurdjieff’s lectures. He died in Paris around 1930. His notes from the Constantinople period are the only known record of this period of Gurdjieff’s public teaching.

Joseph Azize (Editor) is a Sydney, Australia Historian and Attorney. He is acquainted with Greek, Latin and the ancient cuneiform language of Akkadian and has also made inroads into Egyptian and its hieroglyphics, Sumerian, Hebrew and Ugartic. Fr. Azize currently serves as Diocesan Priest and Research Officer with the Maronite Eparchy of Australia. His other books include: George Adie: A Gurdjieff Pupil in Australia, John Lennon: Harmony Out of Pain​, How to Spot A Fraud, and The Phoenician Solar Theology: An Investigation Into the Phoenician Opinion of the Sun Found in Julian's Hymn to King Helios. His life was transformed when he met and studied under George and Helen Adie, who had been personal students of G.I. Gurdjieff, and embodied the path of mysticism in daily life.  

​Trade Paperback.  214 Pages. 6 X 9 inches.

​ISBN: 9980977693751

Suggested Retail Price: US 19.95