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Events & Activities


New Year, 2016
Punk London: In The City 1975-78
Published by Herb Lester Associates

I am working with Herb Lester Associates – publishers of The Look Of London – on the map which will detail the important, surprising and little-known addresses relating to the 70s punk explosion in the UK capital, from seedy squats and derelict warehouses to music industry hqs, boutiques, record shops and market stalls.

Spring 2016
Legacy: The story of The Face
Thames & Hudson

This ambitious project is about one of the most important and influential publications of recent times.

Legacy: The story of The Face has the support and involvement of Nick Logan; I’m covering the story of the magazine from Logan’s launch with £3,500 savings in 1980 to the sale to Emap (now Bauer) in 1999. During this period The Face became the taste-making focus for excellence across many disciplines, spawning dozens of glossy “lifestyle” imitators around the world and paving the way for the digital delivery of visual culture in the 21st century.

Over the coming weeks and months I’ll be contacting and interviewing the individuals who made a difference at The Face as staff members and contributors, from art directors, designers, photographers and stylists to editors, critics and writers. It’s a testament to Logan’s stewardship that the majority continue to operate at the cutting edge of their chosen fields today.

Spring 2017
Malcolm McLaren: The Biography
Constable & Robinson

My book will chart McLaren’s upbringing and experiences as an art school student in London, his opening with Vivienne Westwood of the series of important fashion boutiques in the 1970s and 1980s, the excursions into music, film, television and advertising and his emergence as a visual artist in the 21st century.

Constable publishing director Andreas Campomar says: “This will be the authorised life of the late cultural iconoclast and visionary who overturned the worlds of art, design, fashion, film, media, music, politics and television in his ceaseless search for expression as a visual artist.”

Read more here.


November 23, 2015
Malcolm McLaren: A New Type Of Artist
Central Saint Martins
London N1

This lecture to CSM  fine art students explored the importance of Malcolm McLaren’s art school education to his work across advertising, design, fashion, film, music and performance.

September 26 – November 14 2015
Eyes For Blowing Up Bridges: Joining the dots from the Situationist International to Malcolm McLaren
John Hansard Gallery,
Southampton University

I curated with David Thorp this exhibition which examined the connections between a selection of politically and socially radical European figures of the 50s, 60s and 70s. Subjects included writer William Burroughs, Situationist International philosopher Guy Debord, artists Paul Chan, Asger Jorn and Malcolm McLaren and the British art group King Mob.

November 13 2015
Eyes For Blowing Up Bridges catalogue
John Hansard Gallery,
Southampton University

The catalogue for the exhibition Eyes For Blowing Up Bridges at John Hansard Gallery includes a specially-commissioned memoir of McLaren by his art-school friend Fred Vermorel, an introduction by me, a foreword by John Hansard Gallery’s Ros Carter and Stephen Foster and an essay by David Thorp.

More details here.

November 13 2015
Eyes For Blowing Up Bridges panel discussion
John Hansard Gallery,
Southampton University

I joined co-curator David Thorp, Jane Tankard of the University of Westminster and Barry Martin (Malcolm McLaren’s tutor at Goldsmiths College) for a discussion on the themes and content of the exhibition Eyes For Blowing Up Bridges and the influence and impact of the Situationist International movement.

More details here.

November 10 2015
Derek Boshier: Rethink/Re-Entry
Thames & Hudson US

US publication of the monograph of the eminent British artist Derek Boshier, providing an overview of his work from the mid-50s to the present day with 300-plus illustrations.

October 7 – November 7 2015
Derek Boshier: Rethink/Re-Entry
Works 1970s & Films & Collage 2014
Flowers Gallery
Cork Street

With critic/curator Guy Brett I co-curated this exhibition of the exciting work Derek Boshier produced in the 70s, when his social engagement and provocative and political edge was reflected in pop culture and particularly paralleled in Punk, leading to his collaboration on CLASH 2nd Songbook with The Clash (having taught Joe Strummer at the Central School).

At this time Boshier had renounced painting in favour of other forms of expression. This show will incorporate collages, assemblages, prints, films and drawings. It will feature Boshier’s collaboration with David Bowie on the 1979 Lodger LP and his curation of the controversial group show Lives the same year at the Hayward Gallery which included an array of notable contributors from Barney Bubbles to Posy Simmonds.

There was also space dedicated to recent works in the lineage of Boshier’s 70s experimentation, including collage and films.

November 6, 2015
Be Reasonable Demand The Impossible
Central Saint Martins
Granary Building
London N1

An evening of events to celebrate Malcolm McLaren’s disruptive spirit and punk culture to mark the 40th anniversary of the first Sex Pistols gig, at Saint Martin’s art school, then in Charing Cross Road, central London.

The screenings, talks and Q&As included an exclusive presentation of previously unseen footage of the outrageous early 80s catwalk shows created by McLaren with his fashion designer partner Vivienne Westwood as well as contributions from contemporary commentators and protagonists at the first gig, such as director Daniel Kleinman, who was in Bazooka Joe, the headline band the Pistols were supporting on November 6, 1975, and produced a specially commissioned short film which discusses the truth behind the events of that fateful night.

More details here.

November 3 2015

Derek Boshier + David Bowie
Journalism, GQ UK

My feature examines the friendship and working relationship of Derek Boshier and David Bowie, which began with their collaboration with photographer Brian Duffy on the cover of Bowie’s 1979 LP Lodger, and took in Boshier’s portrait of Bowie as The Elephant Man, the projection of his painting The Dark Side Of Houston on the cover of 1983’s Let’s Dance and the commission for stage sets for a live tour.

November 2, 2015
Malcolm Mclaren Night
The Stage Door

I introduced a Malcolm McLaren Night at Southampton’s The Stage Door as part of the city’s Film Week.

The event includes screenings of the 1980 Sex Pistols mockumentary The Great Rock N Roll Swindle, McLaren’s 2010 filmwork Paris Capital Of the XXIst Century and a compilation of footage put together by the late cultural iconoclast in the 00s.

October 22 2015
British Design: Tradition and Modernity

I have contributed a chapter to this book which reflects on the V&A’s 2012 exhibition of the same name curated by Christopher Breward and Ghislaine Wood.

My essay outlines the achievements of the late Tommy Roberts, investigating the ways in which he applied considerable powers of invention, wit and style to some of London’s most remarkable retail sites: 60s psychedelic junk shop Kleptomania; early 70s Pop Art clothing and furniture boutique Mr Freedom; zany spin-off eaterie Mr Feed’Em; City Lights Studio, the first fashion outlet in London’s Covent Garden; 80s home-wares department store Practical Styling and, in the 90s and the 00s, furniture and object emporia TomTom and Two Columbia Road.

Order copies here.

October 17, 2015
Rebel Rebel: Derek Boshier
Isle Of Wight Literary Festival
Northwood House
Isle Of Wight

With a presentation including rarely seen footage, photographs and sketches, I talked about the fascinating and diverse work of Derek Boshier to mark the publication of the monograph Rethink/Re-entry, touching on his engagement with popular culture by way of The Clash, Barney Bubbles and David Bowie, and examining the consistencies from his earliest Pop excursions to his latest filmworks.

October 8, 2015
In conversation with Derek Boshier
Flowers Gallery
Cork Street

To mark the publication of the monograph and the opening of the exhibition, Derek and I were in conversation at Flowers. There was an opportunity to meet and talk to Derek, he signed copies of the book until they sold out.

The event was free but booking was essential. Go here to reserve your place.

October 5 2015
Derek Boshier: Rethink/Re-Entry
Thames & Hudson UK

I am the editor of this monograph of the eminent British artist Derek Boshier, providing an overview of his work from the mid-50s to the present day with 300-plus illustrations.

David Hockney, Boshier’s confrere since their days together at the Royal College of Art, has written the preface.

Boshier’s work and life has encompassed fellow RCA students Pauline Boty, Peter Blake and Hockney, included album covers and stage-sets for David Bowie, a songbook for The Clash and been marked by an abiding political and social engagement across painting, film, photography, drawing, sculpture, print-making and teaching.

Rethink/Re-Entry includes contributions from such authorities as critic and curator Guy Brett, Tate Britain head of displays Chris Stephens and Prof Lisa Tickner, visiting professor at the Courtauld Institute. I have contributed an essay on Boshier’s work with musicians and performers.


October 3, 2015
Artist lunch with Derek Boshier
Chelsea Arts Club

I was in conversation with Derek Boshier as part of the Chelsea Arts Club artist lunch series. Derek and I talked about all aspects of his practice, and he signed copies of the book Rethink/Re-entry at this invite-only event.

September 23, 2015
In conversation with Leif Podhajský
Cover Club
Ace Hotel

This event in the Cover Club series investigating the creative aspects of album cover design examined the work of Leif Podhajský, whose design excellence has enhanced releases by such artists as Lykke Li, Tame Impala, Mount Kimbie, The Horrors and Kelis. I wasin conversation with Podhajský, discussing his career and design interests at this invite-only event for Ballantine’s.

September 10, 2015
Barney Bubbles at Out Of The Ordinary
South Kensington
London, UK

I co-ordinated the inclusion of four rare works by the late Barney Bubbles in this annual sale.

These included a clutch of Bubbles’ strange and unusual furniture designs – entitled The AC/DC Desk, The Ian Dury Cocktail Cabinet and The Tree Of Drawers – as well as his abstract painting The Rebel (signed ‘Sal ’81’).

I also contributed an essay to the sale catalogue on these pieces as well as a bookcase sold through Practical Styling, the central London home-wares outlet operated by Paul Jones and Tommy Roberts in the 80s.

See here.

August 12, 2015
À la mod: how the Jam and mod style transcended fashion
Journalism, The Guardian

Read my piece on the continuing stylistic influence of Mod on The Guardian’s men’s fashion pages here.

I discuss the appeal of Mod in fashion circles, the interest in The Jam exhibition About The Young idea and the history of the look.

August 4, 2015
David Bowie: His style story 1972-3
Journalism, The Guardian

Read my piece on the stylistic changes rung by David Bowie during the early 70s on The Guardian’s men’s fashion pages here.

I discuss his fashion collaborations with Freddie Burretti, Daniella Parmar and Kansai Yamamoto and talk about the Pin-Ups suit from City Lights Studio designed by Derek Morton.
July 2015

The launch of SHOWStudio’s new series PRINT features an interview with me by editor Lou Stoppard about my magazine archive.

There is also a section dedicated to images from the archive, including front covers, spreads and ads.

Hear my conversation with Stoppard at SHOWStudio here.

View the selection from my archive here.

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