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The Face book announced in The Bookseller

Jul 23rd, 2013

The return of Kix: Fu Manchu by The Lee Thompson Ska Orchestra ft Bitty McLean

May 6th, 2013

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 back to seeing Madness in their North London Invaders incarnation support a jazz-rock trio (!) at Camden Town’s Dublin Castle, and before that the graffito ‘Kix’ emblazoned around 70s teenage nexus Golders Green tube station (courtesy of Thompson).

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It’s a date: In conversation with Boy George at the V&A on April 9

Feb 26th, 2013

Interview on

Oct 18th, 2012

I’m interviewed by Andrew Bunney about the Tommy Roberts book on Japanese lifestyle/culture blog Honeyee – read here.

This is Andrew’s own honeyee blog.

Buy Mr Freedom – Tommy Roberts: British Design Hero here.

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The Past The Present & The Possible in Libération

Jun 6th, 2012


French newspaper Libération’s coverage of the White Noise show in Chaumont included a section on my Barney Bubbles exhibit The Past The Present & The Possible.

Marie Lechner’s report – see here – points to Bubbles’ “spirit of protest and fun” shared by other White Noise exhibitors such as French design/music magician Shoboshobo (aka Mehdi Hercberg).

Visit Shoboshobo’s site here.

White Noise – curated by Sophie Demay and Etienne Hervy – is on until Sunday (June 10). Thereafter it will be open for a week exclusively for schools, colleges and general educational purposes.

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“One of those unpindownable figures who fast-tracks vanguard ideas into the mainstream”

Apr 26th, 2012

Above is Diane Solway’s feature on Tommy Roberts in the current issue of W Magazine.

Read the text of the W article and view some of the images online here.

MR FREEDOM – Tommy Roberts: British Design Hero is published in June; order your copy of the book here.

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Portrait for new Burro book

Jan 14th, 2012

Portrait for Burro book. Photo: Ivan Jones.

Photographer Ivan Jones dropped by this week to take my portrait for a forthcoming book about the design business Burro. Contributors have been asked to wear garments they bought from the company for Ivan’s portraits.

I was a regular customer of the Burro outlet in Covent Garden’s Floral Street (and wrote about the label here).

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Kate Moross’s Barney Bubbles mixology

Sep 24th, 2011

Pippa Brooks has captured a section of Kate Moross’s video installation at the current Mindful Of Art exhibition.

I commissioned Kate to come up with a visual accompaniment to my DJ set at Glastonbury this summer, and am blown away by her achievement in manipulating and activating artwork by Barney Bubbles.

Read Pippa’s report from the show here.

Mindful Of Art is at the Old Vic Tunnels until Tuesday (September 27). Details here. Catch it if you can

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Stagger Lee selects: A Smashing Indictment Of Character – Slim Cessna’s Auto Club

May 13th, 2011

Here’s another from from Stagger Lee‘s trick bag (click on the title):

Slim Cessna’s Auto Club – A Smashing Indictment Of Character (Alternative Tentacles)

Not well know in the UK, which is a shame, this Denver band operate somewhere between the Violent Femmes, The Bad Seeds, The Handsome Family and Th’Legendary Shack Shakers, so we’re talking a whole lot of southern gothic fire’n'brimstone’n'fornicatin’n'whiskey. Probably the best recent band I’ve discovered lately, even though they’ve been around a decade or more.

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British Remains’ Royal Wedding choice

Mar 31st, 2011

My engagement with the spectacle of the Royal Wedding is taking the form of protesting at Lambeth Council’s leasing of Clapham Common to Camp Royale.

British Remains, meanwhile, is publishing a design which offers a choice of expression.

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