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Taking The Story Of The Face to Amsterdam on Friday

Dec 12th, 2017

//Athenaeum has done the book proud with this splendid window display. Photo: Athenaeum//

The Story Of The Face is coming to Amsterdam on Friday (December 15).

In an event at the city’s NewWerktheater organised by leading Netherlands bookshop Athenaeum Nieuwscentrum, I’ll be making a visual presentation about the magazine that changed culture.

Afterwards I’ll talk about the enduring influence of The Face and my new book The Story Of The Face with Gert Jonkers, founder of Butt and Fantastic Man and publisher of The Gentlewoman and COS Magazine.

If you’re in town please come along. Tickets from aanmelden@athenaeum.nl

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Love goddess Mrs Scully revealed: The Ortonesque court case which informed the Sex t-shirt You’re Gonna Wake Up

Nov 28th, 2017

//From The Times, September 24, 1974. Courtesy Matthew Worley//

//Mrs Scully features on the “right” side of the shirt after a reference to George Dangerfield’s book The Strange Death Of Liberal England//

//A 1970s issue of Mistress magazine//

I’m grateful to British academic Matthew Worley for having enlightened me as to the identity of “Mrs Scully”, whose name was among those printed on the You’re Gonna Wake Up us-and-them t-shirt first sold in Sex at 430 King’s Road in the autumn of 1974.

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In conversation with Chris Salewicz about the early days of The Face at Bookseller Crow on Tuesday

Nov 25th, 2017

//John Lydon. From The Face issue 8, December 1980. Photo: Sheila Rock//

//Grace Jones. From The Face issue 6, October 1980. Main photo: Jill Furmanovsky//

//Divine. From The Face issue 9, January 1981. Photo: Sheila Rock//

Here’s a selection of articles for early issues of The Face by veteran music journalist/author (and my old mucker) Chris Salewicz to mark the fact that he and I will be in conversation about my new book The Story Of The Face at leading south London independent bookshop Bookseller Crow on Tuesday evening (November 28).

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“As if Vogue was being put together above a kebab shop in the Ball’s Pond Road’: My piece on The Face in Vanity Fair’s The A-List

Nov 24th, 2017

I have written a piece about The Face magazine and Britain in the early 1990s for Vanity Fair’s The A-List.

Read it here.

Copies of my book The Story Of The Face: The Magazine That Changed Culture are available here.

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Signing copies of The Story Of The Face at Paul Smith Beak Street this week

Nov 20th, 2017

I’m signing copies of my new book The Story Of The Face at Paul Smith’s Beak Street store in London’s Soho on Thursday evening.

Smith’s shop is opposite the address of one of my all-time favourite fashion outlets, Demob, which was at 47 Beak Street in the early to mid-80s.

//Page 5, The Face 25, May 1982//

In fact Demob’s opening was heralded in a spring 1982 issue of The Face, with a report by Anne Witchard and photographs by Neil Matthews.

If you’re in town drop in to 46-48 Beak Street on Thursday evening and say hi.

The Story Of The Face: The Magazine That Changed Culture is out now.

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Exciting David Bowie x London photographic display + map to celebrate the opening of Sonos in Seven Dials

Nov 15th, 2017

I have organised a photographic display and a map celebrating David Bowie’s relationship with the city of his birth to mark the opening of the first European outlet of home sound system specialists Sonos.

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The Story Of The Face: In conversation with Magculture’s Jeremy Leslie + the legend Nick Logan at Central Saint Martins on November 16

Nov 3rd, 2017

To mark the publication of my new book about The Face,  I will be in conversation at London’s Central Saint Martins on November 16 with Magculture’s Jeremy Leslie and the magazine’s founder/editor/publisher Nick Logan.

//Logan in Soho last week. In this area he ran The Face as a one-man band from offices in Carnaby Street (1980-81) and Broadwick Street (1981-82)//

This event represents a chance not just to hear from Leslie, whose shop is the country’s leading independent magazine hub, but also a rare opportunity to witness Logan – in my book (literally) the most important figure in post war British magazine publishing – talk about the magazine that changed culture.

Tickets are £10; all proceeds go to the Alzheimers Society.

Details and tickets from Magculture here.

The Story Of The Face: The Magazine That Changed Culture is published on the same day, November 16. You may order copies here.

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Earthbound: The story of The Man Who Fell To Earth

Oct 31st, 2017

On the heels of Edward Bell’s Unmade Up… and Dylan Jones’ A Life comes another strong David Bowie-related book: Susan Compo’s Earthbound.

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Homme Libre: Carla Borel’s exhibition explores strength + vulnerability

Oct 29th, 2017

//© Carla Borel 2017//

The striking and intimate portraits are of men Borel is either close friends with, or met randomly. Straight, gay, trans, from various professions and backgrounds, the sitters in Homme Libre have an edge of some sort, be it in their stance and attitude, an air of mystery and romance, their strength and vulnerability, or they have reminded Borel of someone she once knew or saw in a film. The series explores ideas of masculinity seen from a female perspective, examining themes of intimacy and identity.
From the notes for Homme Libre

I am among the subjects of photographer Carla Borel’s exhibition Homme Libre, which opens next month at London’s A22 Gallery.

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Run To Me: A quizzical visual exchange between Sam Jackson and Derek Ridgers

Oct 12th, 2017

//Front, Run To Me catalogue, 25 x 20cm, 44pp//

//Unconditional Love, Sam Jackson, 2017//

In the exhibition Run To Me – opening tomorrow at Old Street’s Charlie Smith London – curator Faye Dowling presents a quizzical visual exchange between painter Sam Jackson and photographer Derek Ridgers.

//First part of my essay faced with Tanya, The Batcave, Derek Ridgers 1983//

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