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Dutch writer and poet Hans Plomp was born in Amsterdam in 1944. After having read Dutch Language and Literature and having briefly held a position as a Dutch teacher, Plomp dropped out to become an active member of the Dutch Provos and to turn to writing in the mid-1960s. His first novel, De Ondertrouw, was published in 1968. In the 1960s and 1970s Plomp developed into one of the Dutch pioneers of psychedelia and experimented extensively with LSD and other mind-altering drugs, experiments which he would later capture in the manual Uit Je Bol, which he wrote together with Gerben Hellinga. Plomp and Hellinga were also the two driving forces behind the artists’ colony Ruigoord, which has managed to survive under the smoke of Amsterdam since 1973. At Ruigoord Plomp has organised the annual literary festival Fiery Tongues for many years. Plomp’s prose, travel journals and poetry have been published extensively in Dutch, most notably by publishing house In de Knipscheer, Haarlem.
The Counter Culture Chronicles cassette Intrepid Traveller contains readings, in English, by Plomp of selections from his books Revolvers lijkt me overdreven (1987) and India, heilig & hels (2009). The cassette comes with a signed A4 broadside of Plomp’s poem Ira, a cosmic homage to Plomp’s friend and fellow traveller Ira Cohen.