Razz (aka. Grahame Robert Feasey) 1952 - 2018.
Poet, Musician, Artist and Survivor.
Grahame Robert Feasey was born on the 21st December 1952 in Portsmouth, the second of three children to Bob and Joan, arriving after Diane and before Sandra. Bob was initially an aircraft fitter, then a maintenance engineer and in later life became a gardener. Joan was a telegraphic operator at the Post Office, but left when she had Diane and became a full time Mum.
When the family was quite young, his father Bob purchased a motorbike and sidecar which led to many exciting adventures were had, sometimes with a sidecar full of cousins or friends earning them the nickname: the ‘Mad Feasey’s’.
On leaving school, Grahame took an apprenticeship in the dockyard learning sign writing. However, inspired by late 1960s music, poetry and culture, he set off to do some travelling.
This took him to Kent hop picking then on to the commune on Eel Pie Island, Twickenham.
On his return to Portsmouth he met Laura. They were together for three and a half years and worked together in hotels in Cromer, Norfolk before moving to Wales where they parted company. Grahame stayed in Wales for a time living in a commune before moving to London where he eventually met his soul mate Vivien.
Grahame had always loved and written poetry from a young age; aswell as playing guitar writing a lot of his own music along the way. Viv played piano, violin and guitar so off they went performing and enjoying life together.
Grahame went on to do poetry workshops, where he helped many people in challenging circumstances through poetry which he loved doing.
Grahame was also very involved with the Bunjies Club in Soho. Attracted by the which was a great success and something he really enjoyed but sadly it closed down. You can find some of his posters on this site.
After a period, Grahame and Viv travelled to America to live life with the Rajneesh movement (later known as OSHO) when upon returning to London they both changed their names. Viv became Sam and Grahame, Razz, which stayed with him for the rest of his life.
They were partners for many years. Sadly, Sam died aged only 52 which left Razz devastated.
He threw himself into the poetry workshops and performing; he organised Survivors poetry groups at venues such as Poetry Cafe, Covent Garden helping many people along the way. Through this and his unique work at the Tottenham Chances, Razz gained a reputation for what he did for others through music and poetry.
Although this was a person with a very giving nature, Razz had a very vulnerable side that not many people were aware of. This can be seen on this website in the records of his words through poetry, and the recordings of his music.
Razz loved the music of Lenard Cohen, The Kinks and the Beatles (his own music being influenced by John Lennon); Roy Harper and many others.
He would love to spend time at the wetlands near where he lived and visiting Kew Gardens, taking in the beauty around him and enjoying the wildlife and kingfishers. He would also feed the parrots and squirrels in the parks around London.
The theatre held a special place in his heart and he loved the many good times spent there with family and friends.
Sadly diagnosed with Liver Cancer in 2015, Razz was only given between two and ten months to survive. e stopped drinking and defied all the odds by living for a further two and a half years. That time gave all the family an opportunity to share some lovely times with Razz which has given them memories to treasure forever.
Razz maintained his sense of humour right to the end, saying while in hospital; "If this is dying then it’s pretty boring". Also Razz wanted to be buried with his girlfriend Sam where he thought he had a plot reserved, but sadly the plot had been sold ... His comment was, "I've lost the plot".
Razz's last days were spent at the Marie Curie Hospice where he was very well looked after and enjoyed the company of close friends and family.
He would want to be remembered as ‘Razz the poet and musician’ and for ‘his love for helping others on the road to recovery’. He had a great impact on people and touched the hearts of many. He will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved him.