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V&A talk today: King’s Road from Mary Quant to Malcolm McLaren + Vivienne Westwood

Jun 30th, 2012


This morning I am participating in the V&A’s study day From Biba To Topshop with a presentation on the rise and fall of boutique culture in London’s King’s Road, starting with the opening of Bazaar by Archie Nairn, Alexander Plunket-Green and Mary Quant at 138a in 1955 and closing with the establishment of World’s End at 430 by Malcolm McLaren and Vivienne Westwood.

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In conversation with Derek Boshier at Pallant House Gallery tomorrow night

Jun 27th, 2012

//Derek Boshier between his works Chemical Rocker and Chemical Pop (both 2008), Pallant House Gallery. Photo: Jason Hedges.//

Following his appearance on BBC Radio 4’s Midweek this morning, I will be in conversation with Derek Boshier tomorrow evening at Pallant House Gallery, home to the excellent exhibition of examples of the artist’s engagement with music (and in particular his collaborations with David Bowie and The Clash).

Derek Boshier + Paul Gorman, Pop Music private view, Pallant House Gallery, Chichester, June 22 2012.

//With Derek at last week's private view for his show and Peter Blake's Pop Music at Pallant House. Photo: Jason Hedges.//

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Smiles all round at the Tommy Roberts book launch

Jun 23rd, 2012

//Clockwise from top: With Joe + Duke Brooks; Jimmy Page + Jeff Dexter; Joe, Duke + Pippa Brooks with Tommy Roberts; Caz Facey with...J+D! These photos: Pippa Brooks.//

There were big smiles for Tommy Roberts at the midsummer’s eve party to celebrate the publication of my new book Mr Freedom – Tommy Roberts: British Design Hero.

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Mr Freedom + Kleptomania in Vogue and on the BBC as Tommy Roberts takes to the airwaves

Jun 19th, 2012
Mr Freedom loveheart knickerbocker pinafore in sporting archive shots, Vogue June 2012

//Mr Freedom 1971 design in archive selection, Vogue UK, June 2012.//

Ahead of Tommy Roberts’ appearance on BBC Radio 4’s Midweek and London Live 94.9’s Robert Elms Show tomorrow, there has been a flurry of media mentions of the mould-breaking boutiques with which he was involved.

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Talk at the V&A: 60s posters from Pop to Psychedelia

Jun 15th, 2012


Tomorrow I’m participating in the V&A study day on British design in the 60s with a talk about the development of graphics and poster art during the decade.

I’m speaking at 2.30pm – more details here.


All satin, no tat, 1971: Kansai Yamamoto, Michael Chow, David Parkinson, Tommy Roberts, Barney Wan et al

Jun 14th, 2012

//From The Sunday Times Magazine, November 28, 1971.//

The joy of writing about a subject as rich as Tommy Roberts is that research turns up an apparently limitless supply of fabulous material.

Even the tangential stuff – such as this from my archive, a spread from a 1971 Sunday Times Magazine  – gets me going.

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Television: ARTE’s London Calling

Jun 14th, 2012

Continental Europe appears to have gone bananas for British popular culture this Jubilympics* summer, hence Franco-German arts channel ARTE’s new four-part series London Calling.

The programme was made by seasoned documentarist Simon Witter and looks to be a treat (particularly the intelligent use of archive material; great to see rare footage of John Stephen striding along Carnaby Street).

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Radio: Talking Teddy Boys + playing tracks on Broken Hearts’ Peppermint Candy tonight

Jun 14th, 2012


Tonight I’m on Broken Hearts’ Jazz FM show Peppermint Candy talking about Teddy Boy style.

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Music: Baby’s On Fire – Die Antwoord + Cut The World – Antony & The Johnsons

Jun 13th, 2012

There’s plenty of great new music around at the moment; concurrently I have two contrasting tracks going round in my head, which is dizzying but exhilarating.

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White Noise: Pictures from the exhibition

Jun 13th, 2012

//Shoboshobo's installation faces off with the Barney Bubbles exhibit The Past The Present & The Possible. (c) R. Pelletier.//

The exhibition White Noise: Quand le graphisme fait du bruit – held at Les Subsistances in Chaumont, France – closed on Sunday to the public, though is being visited this week by students, teachers and others from educational institutions.

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