Wednesday, 19 March 2014


Hi Friends....just back from an exciting weekend supporting 
Balaam and The Angel in Lichfield and thought I'd get round to 
promoting the next chapter in the Bones & The Aft story....

We are about to attempt to revive an exciting rock and roll  tradition, 
unfortunately dwindled to almost (but not quite!!)
demise...
The Art School Dance!!!  
we have been granted permission to hold one in the wonderfull 
old Victorian oak panelled lecture theatre at 
Camberwell College of Art Wilsons Road site. 
Previous Art School parties in this wonderfully atmospheric old venue have included 
Camberwell alumni Humphrey Littleton, Syd Barret and Pink Floyd and The Clash...

The gig  will be on Friday 25th April 6-30 til 10.00pm sharp 
and will feature 
Bones and the Aft, 
Arthur Bentlys hotly tipped   (by NME!!) new band 
Hester 
and the enigmatic student sounds of 
Lost in Fog.

Its All Ticket Only and most of these will be sold to current students  
but I'm reserving twenty only for Bones fans 
so if you want to reserve one please email me now and 
I'll put you on the list  
(PS The tickets are a hand printed collectible limited edition woodblock  print!!!)

Let Me Know!!!

Love to you all

John B x








Thursday, 6 March 2014




Some drawings of imaginary
post holocaust landscapes
done over the last fifteen years
....a recurring theme













Saturday, 8 February 2014

So here are the gigs 
planned for 2014 so far...

Saturday March 15th
Lichfield Guildhall, Lichfield, Staffs
Supporting 
Balaam and The Angel
7.30pm doors...were on at 8...although its Sold Out
unfortunately  (sold out in  hours I think)
A hard nights work for Ian......

Friday 25th April
Wilsons Lecture Theatre
Camberwell College of Art
Supported by Arthur Bently and pals hot new band
HESTER  plus surprise guests

A wonderful victorian lecture theatre, where the Clash
performed back in 1977...the first Art School gig for nearly
ten years and its us!!!

All ticket only...limited to 200 only..
-these will be hand printed woodcuts ...let me know
if you want one and I'll reserve them..
£3.00 each only

Saturday July 12th
Bread and Roses, Clapham
Great venue...run by the Workers Beer Co 
and the Trade Union movement
This will be the Liver & Lights no 52
Book Launch Party
(Lord Biscuits Volvo 245 adventures)


Saturday 13th September
The Enterprise
opp Chalk Farm Tube
A return to North London!
The first venue ever to want us back!
(not including The half Moon and
Leigh Folk Festival)

There may be more added later!!




Monday, 20 January 2014

Leigh Folk Festival 2013


Remember last summer?
Leigh Folk Festival?
Someone at the back shot this of us wilting in the heat!!  Glorious!


Wednesday, 8 January 2014

Bones &The Aft 2014


   Bones & The Aft,

A celebration of  DIY culture and a rough mixture of art, street poetry and  eccentric electric pop music, Bones & The Aft really are band like no other, sometimes described as  Primal Rock Theatre with their homemade costumes, elaborate pop–up stage sets, stark state-of-the-nation storytelling and virtuoso musicianship. They are:
                           


     









Admiral Lord Biscuit
has played drums with Ivich Lives, the Doctors of Love, Florence Welch, Rum Shebeen and many others. Half accomplished multi instrumentalist and half Mad Inventor, he is the current holder of the  London South Bank Centre International Piano Scrapheap Challenge trophy. There is nothing he cannot play!!

 

Ian Mckean.
Making his name in the eighties with Generation X offshoot Twenty Flight Rockers and later the Virgin signed Balaam and the Angel, guitarist Mckean provides raw yet sensitive guitarscapes to contain and enhance the   emotionally charged observational storytelling of…

 

John Bently,
provider of words, costumes and hand painted sets. Although his association with Mckean stretches back to their schooldays, Bently is best known for his internationally collected long running series of art in book form, The Liver and Lights Scriptorium. Bones and the Aft are these books brought to life, by a fearlessly entertaining, memorably passionate performer….

 

“A mythical metropolis inhabited by a teeming population of sharply drawn, richly detailed  characters”.
Aiden Dunne. The Irish Times

“A heart-warmingly honest and funny portrayal of the romance, nightmares and sheer mundane hell of travel.” Jon Lander.  Bookartbookshop, London
“…. an intriguing, if left-field guitar-dominated experimental poetry-to-music venture from Bones & The Aft.”   FRoots Magazine
“….think a mixture of Charles Dickens and BBCs ‘The Office’ (weird I know, but go with it). He captures the rather beautiful melancholy and mundane theatricality of city living.”  Lucy Binnington. Brixton Blog.
www.liverandlights.co.uk
tel 07554965844

Monday, 9 December 2013


Dear Friends and Loyal Supporters
Why not purchase a 
Liver & Lights 
for your loved one this Christmas-Thrill them with

Tales of Teenage Suicide and Racist Dogs,
London Transport
Heroin Addicts,
Piracy,
Cannibalism, Pillage and Penge
Real Life Gauranteed!!!

Liver & Lights No 51: Geno
(£23 inc postage)
available now

The Bones & The Aft Debut Album: The Ear
in hand made cover with fold out family tree
available still - 
in hand made physical (£15) and neu fangled (£5) download form:


Before Purchasing, read this  lovely review 
in the Brixton Blog that tells you just how worth it we are!!


Merry Christmas

Stanley Bowens
and His Jolly Afts


 The Books


The People,
Andi McGarry and
Kathy


Books


More Books...


Yellow Moon In Brockwell Park


Trousers


This photo was actually taken by Oliver Briggs 
despite being occassionally advertised otherwise...

Wednesday, 13 November 2013


Lovely article about me and the books and the band by
Lucy Binnington for the Brixton Bugle and blog....