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Missing Anarchistwood guitarist is found dead

Fundraiser launched to help pay for funeral costs

04 January, 2021 — By Tom Foot

Paul Hambleton worked in a record shop in Camden Town

A PUNK band guitarist and record shop worker who had been missing for six weeks was found dead on Boxing Day.

Paul Hambleton, who worked at All Ages Records and Rock n Roll Rescue charity shop in Camden Town, had not been seen since mid-November.

The 47-year old, described by friends as a “psychonaut, pagan, egalitarian, shaman and artist” – was discovered in a lake in Friern Barnet.

Nick Collins, who runs the All Ages shop in Pratt Street, said: “We were all too late to save him. A fittingly tragic story for a tragic year.”

Supporters have raised more than £7,500 to help his partner and children, who live in Marylebone, with the funeral costs.

They had put out an appeal through the Met police in the weeks leading up to Christmas after he disappeared following a traumatic event.

He also worked part time for St Mary’s hospital  and was last seen wearing his blue NHS uniform. He also regularly helped deliver meals on wheels services around Westminster.

In an online obituary, written by his “soul mate” Frank Cutter said Mr Hambleton had come to London from Liverpool, initially working for an art collective that made the visuals for the Turnmills and Ministry of Sound nightclubs.

Anarchistwood playing outside All Ages Records

Mr Hambleton created the band Anarchistwood’s early tracks with Mr Cutter, using the stage name ‘Paul Candiflip Blackwood’.

“The music and lyrics of Anarchistwood referenced many injustices of war, the arms trade, politics as well as the usual sex, drugs and rock n roll that many ‘punk’ bands are expected to write about. The albums were well received but as Paul was hugely self critical and hated drawing attention to himself, publicity was deliberately muted,” Mr Cutter said.

The band played street gigs outside the All Ages Records shop, most recently in August this year.

Mr Cutter said: “We had a beautiful brief and socially distanced outdoor gig on the streets of Camden where many of our punk siblings attended as well as family friends and locals waving from their windows. We danced and sang and enjoyed the wind and the sunshine.”

He said Mr Hambleton’s death was a “great loss of a wonderfully talented, kind, generous, funny and extremist psychonaut. Husband, wife, father, grandthing, pagan, egalitarian, shaman and artist.”

Charlotte Pink, who set up the fundraiser, said “it was not the reunion we had all hoped for”, adding: “We are trying to raise funds to help his partner and kids that he has left behind, with the funeral costs. Any small contribution would be more than welcome.”


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