Paul Gorman is…

‘Ultimate internationalist, cultural provocateur…’ Constable to publish my book Malcolm McLaren: The Biography

Mar 24th, 2015

bookseller

The Bookseller has announced that British imprint Constable is to publish my book Malcolm McLaren: The Biography.

Read the rest of this entry »

Tags: , , ,

Five extraordinary pieces: Barney Bubbles furniture designs come to light

Mar 24th, 2015

11049385_800983809956659_1819888681_n copy10632019_788389371245873_1054626473_n copy11032908_1555694758051730_951125264_n copy10894980_1792784970945748_1041827263_nElectricPlugDesk3�NinaSologubenko

// 5 x Barney Bubbles designs, 1981/2. Photo above: Nina Sologubenko//

Last week I had an exciting encounter with the rare and adventurous furniture designs produced by the late graphics master Barney Bubbles in the early 80s.

Read the rest of this entry »

Tags: , , , , , , , ,

Derek Boshier: Inside The Mind Of A Pop Artist at Charing X Hospital

Mar 22nd, 2015

That’ll Be The Day: How Ringo ended up in a Teddy Girl’s drape jacket from Let It Rock

Mar 18th, 2015
P1160012

//Starr on location in Let It Rock drape. Note bust darts.  From the front page of Disc & Music Echo, December 16, 1972. Photo: Uncredited//

In the autumn of 1972 the small King’s Road boutique Let It Rock, which had been open for less than a year, received a fillip when the owners Malcolm McLaren and Vivienne Westwood were asked to contribute costumes to the production of 50s Britrock movie That’ll Be The Day.

Read the rest of this entry »

Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Ben Kelly aka The Photo Kid outside Sex, 430 King’s Road, World’s End, 1975

Mar 14th, 2015
3. Sex-exteriorBenKelly

//Ben Kelly underneath the Sex sign, 1975. Photo courtesy Ben Kelly//

I’m featuring this image of designer Ben Kelly in his persona of The Photo Kid in my presentation about the design history of 430 at the symposium Dead Or Alive: Popular Culture & The Interior, which takes place today at London’s ICA.

Read the rest of this entry »

Tags: , , , , , , , , , , ,

Granny Takes A Trip + Mr Freedom boots: Were they originally owned by Elton?

Mar 12th, 2015

Back in Duke Street: Derek Boshier at Robert Fraser Gallery 1965 + Whitford Art Gallery 2015

Mar 5th, 2015
Boshier_inside

//Detail from 1965 showcard: Derek Boshier and 1965 works. Photo: Annette Green//

Boshier_front and back

//Card for Boshier’s show at the Fraser Gallery, March 30 – May 1, 1965. Design: David Cripps. Courtesy: Pace London//

Thanks to Pace London for providing scans of the showcard for Derek Boshier’s spring 1965 exhibition at Robert Fraser Gallery in Mayfair’s Duke Street.

Read the rest of this entry »

Tags: , , , , , , , , ,

430 Kings Road: In the back of Mr Freedom, Paradise Garage + Let It Rock 1969 – 1972

Feb 28th, 2015
andrewandviv

/Left: Andrew Greaves of Electric Colour Company in the back of Paradise Garage, May 1971. Right: Vivienne Westwood in the back of Let It Rock, January 1972. Photos: David Parkinson//

Preparation for my paper at Ben Kelly’s interior design symposium Dead Or Alive has coincided with the refurbishment of the Worlds End shop at 430 King’s Road in Chelsea.

The address is the subject of my talk; I’ll be detailing the history of 430 and how and why it was an important social and cultural locus over a number of decades.

OriginalMrFreedomImage1

//Back wall of 430 King’s Road on the opening of Mr Freedom, September 1969. Interior: Electric Colour Company. Photo: David Parkinson//

Read the rest of this entry »

Tags: , , , , , , , , , , ,

Potential Architecture at Ambika P3

Feb 27th, 2015
P1150966

//Poster 59 x 42cm. Garden Service, Apolonija Šušteršič with Meike Schalk, 2007//

This handsome fold-out poster is for the exhibition Potential Architecture, which opens at London’s Ambika P3 on March 11.

P1150968

//Clockwise from top right: Pavilion For Vodka Drinking Ceremonies, Alexander Brodsky, 2004; It Was All A Dream, Joar Nango, 2013; Garden Service, Apolonija Šušteršič (co-author Meike Schalk), 2007; Levitation, Sean Griffiths, 2015//

Read the rest of this entry »

Tags: , , , , , ,

I Can’t Breathe: Pussy Riot with Richard Hell, Shahzad Ismaily (The Ceramic Dog), Scofferlane, Jack Wood, Andrew Wyatt + Nick Zinner

Feb 25th, 2015
07ce6d8e

//Pussy Riot on the set of the promo video for I Can’t Breathe. Photo: Denis Sinyakov//

I received a message from Richard Hell: “Check out this wildness.”

So I did.

It’s I Can’t Breathe, Pussy Riot’s first English-language release, about the furore surrounding the death last year of Eric Garner.  Hell recites Garner’s final words on the track.

“It felt weird to speak the words of a black man killed by the police, when I’m this privileged white guy,” Hell told Pitchfork. “At the same time, I believe in Pussy Riot. I have faith in them. I think they’re for real.”

Read all about the recording of I Can’t Breathe here.

Tags: , , , , , , , , , ,