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Paris, Capital of the XXIst Century is a personal and subjective journey that began firstly by ambling through a century’s archive of thousands of cinema commercials about the city (its inhabitants, what it sells, how it looks…), secondly by gathering … Continue reading

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//Photo: Joe Stevens// Joe Stevens’ 70s photograph of a pensive David Bowie merchandise seller is included in British artist Jeremy Deller’s British Pavilion installation English Magic at the Venice Biennale. Stevens took the photo outside west London’s Hammersmith Odeon on … Continue reading

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I’m a fiend for line ads in print media; more often than not all human life is there and intriguing stories are contained in just a few words. Leafing through the June 24, 1971 issue of British underground magazine Frendz … Continue reading

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The Cocoa Song is from the cult British Film Institute-funded multicultural musical Moon Over The Alley, directed by Joseph Despins and William Dumaresq. Released in 1976 with a score by Galt McDermot, a fellow Canadian who is probably best known … Continue reading

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//Signed bar menu. Courtesy: Jonathan Ross// //Signed back cover of So Alone, Johnny Thunders, Real Records,1978. Courtesy: Jonathan Ross// As demonstrated by my recent post, the west London house of collector/gallerist Jonathan Ross became a hive for the art/boho/punk crowd … Continue reading

London punk demi-monde Polaroids from Jonathan Ross: The return of Chrissie Hynde + Kate Simon with Tamasin Day-Lewis, Gina Louthan, Ruth Marten, Judy Nylon, Patti Palladin, Jon Savage and…John Betjeman

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//All photos (c) Jonathan Ross// Here are more previously unpublished images from London’s punk demi-monde. Coincident to receiving Joe Stevens’ photograph of the pre-Pretenders Chrissie Hynde and photographer Kate Simon in Malcolm McLaren’s Sex Pistols Nude Boy shirts, collector/gallerist/Londoner Jonathan … Continue reading

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Dave Robinson, one of the British music business’s towering figures, has sent me this lovely pop-reggae tune from Madness man Lee Thompson’s project. It’s great for this sunny Bank Holiday; Bitty McLean is on top vocal form. Fair takes me … Continue reading

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//1968 print of Vor dem Vorhang// //Hipgnosis fashion shoot for Club International, 1972// An antiques restorer friend has pointed out that the early 70s fashion shoot by design studio Hipgnosis featured here recently calls to mind the preoccupations with the … Continue reading

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Dazed Digital is featuring a précis of my investigation into the roots of the Anarchy Shirt as sold in Sex and Seditionaries at 430 King’s Road in 1976 and 1977. See here. Here is my series on the conceptualisation and realisation … Continue reading

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//Simon Haynes' window display, early 80s: Geometrically arranged brightly coloured platforms and ladders// //Another Haynes' window display produced in the mid-80s in collaboration with Tommy Roberts: Giant “toy” portcullis// //Haynes' neo-classical backdrop for another mid-80s display// These photographs from the … Continue reading

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//Photo: Tom Sheehan Collection// As an addendum to my recent post about the staging of the very special late night London concert given by Ian Dury’s art-rock ensemble Kilburn & The High Roads in 1974, here’s the badge commissioned by … Continue reading

Ten Sitting Rooms at the ICA, November 1-8 1970: Vaughan Grylls, Elizabeth Harrison, Simon Haynes, Patrick Hughes, Carol Joseph, Bruce Lacey, Diane Livey, Andrew Logan, Marlene Raybould + Gerard Wilson

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“It isn’t so much what’s on the table that matters, as what’s on the chairs” Jonathan Swift from letter to Stella 1711 //Simon Haynes in his ICA sitting room, 1970. Source publication: Unknown// Ten Sitting Rooms was the title of … Continue reading

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//Front, 7″ and 12″ sleeve, Keep Us Together, Sad Café, Charisma, 1983// From the Barney Bubbles grab-bag comes this little-known sleeve for Charisma Records, commissioned by label chief Peter Jenner for Manchester soft-rock group Sad Café. Produced a matter of months … Continue reading

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//Keith Lucas and Ian Dury onstage at the Kings Road Theatre, November 1974. Photo: Simon Haynes Collection// As these rarely seen photographs show, when the subject of my last book the late Tommy Roberts took over management of Kilburn & … Continue reading

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Tonight I am hosting an event at London’s Victoria & Albert Museum: an ‘in conversation’ with Boy George about the importance and influence of popular culture’s greatest manipulator of visual identity, David Bowie. //George O'Dowd overlooked by Big Brother in … Continue reading