Harris started Alchemy in the Portobello Road, named after
Wedding with John & Yoko,
which took place at the Royal Albert Hall in 1968. His original vision and the
idea of Alchemy was medicine head- "all
the things that people were bringing from India, all the culture of the underground
and everything associated with it.
then Alchemy has become a cultural conduit of a special kind that spreads
far beyond West London. It makes up the heart of London's creative community,
a fulcrum of alien culture, and an Aladdin's cave of colourful postcards,
crazy comics, herbal cigarettes and interesting books.
personal account of
John & Yoko's Alchemical Wedding event can be found
is from here in June 1977, that Lee published Europe's first magazine
devoted to Cannabis and the Psychedelic experience - Homegrown.
containing the astonishing underground comic strip
art of Bryan
Talbot and featuring Chester
P. Hackenbush - the
in his first inner-space adventure.
The Alchemy shop has seen many changes over the years
but in addition to its hedonic wares, Lee has shared the premises with Monica
who has her own business called CLIPS
which has a fine selection of colourful clothes,
jewellery and herbal hair
treatments. More recently a Tattoo Studio
has set up an hygenic studio towards the back of
money. Released by
Alchemy Books in
June 2000, it has become
a backpackers classic.
bet this guy never
worked a day in his life"
is pictured here with his long time friend Henk
Targowski who has previously published the Upsetter
Magazine for the legendary reggae artist - Lee
Henk often helps to run
the Alchemy shop and you can find out more about him from the above links.
good friend for many years, Howard
launched his follow up to best-seller 'Mr
Nice' with 'Dope Stories'
at a book signing session held at the Alchemy shop in 2001.