Peter Whitehead the Passing of a Paragon



I had the privileged of meeting Peter Whitehead at my art exhibition at the Horse Hospital London in 2004 toured through the British Museum and held his hand carve Stele of Reveling in my hands. Peter’s work and persons had a profound and enduring effect and inspiration upon myself. Truly a most Remarkable Man. BWH


Peter Whitehead obituary

From the Guardian

One of Britain’s most provocative film-makers whose work documented the counterculture of the 1960s

Peter Whitehead, who has died aged 82, could justifiably claim to be one of Britain’s most distinctive and provocative film-makers. His film about the Rolling Stones, Charlie Is My Darling (1966), was a pioneering portrait of the group amid the whirlwind of fan mania, its on-the-road intimacy a precursor of Donn Pennebaker’s Bob Dylan film Don’t Look Back and a blueprint for countless future music documentaries.

In Tonite Let’s All Make Love in London (1967), Whitehead created what for many critics was the definitive document of swinging London, a white-hot crucible of music, fashion and film. The many short music films Whitehead made in the 1960s foreshadowed the era of the video promo clip that blossomed in the MTV era of the 80s.


The Risen – a holographic novel by Peter Whitehead

A student of ancient Egyptian mythology, he was obsessed with the story of Isis and Osiris giving birth to Horus the falcon.

In 1981 he was invited by Prince Khalid al-Faisal of Saudi Arabia to assist in building the Al Faisal Centre, the world’s largest falcon-breeding establishment sited on top of the country’s highest mountain, Al Souda…..


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Peter Whitehead obituary @ : The Guardian

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Barry William Hale


  1. Hey Barry, I remember talking with you years ago about Peter Whitehead after there was an interview with him in Chad Hensley’s ESOTERRA magazine. I just read that interview again, and also an interview with writer Iain Sinclair, who made a film about Whitehead. You’re very lucky to have met him! Must have been fascinating 🙂

  2. Hi Liegh
    Yes I met Peter Whitehead at my exhibition at the Horse Hospital and London. He was introduced to me by my friend Robert Fitzgerald. He invited me to come to the British Museum the next day for a personal tour through the Egyptian antiquities and spoke in depth about his connection with the Horus, Falconry and artistic inspiration in his film and writing. He brought along his hand carved Stele of Reveling to show. One of those meetings with remarkable men that I was very lucky to have.
    As a side note both Robert and another close friend Jack Sargeant had both been working on a Peter Whitehead biography independently. So I look forward to those seeing the light of day sometime.

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