Paul Gorman is…



January 8 – April 30 2018
The Story Of The Face x NYC
101 Greene Street
New York

Exhibition + events

I am curating this exhibition of original magazine covers and spreads, as well as photographic enlargements and material from The Face founder Nick Logan’s archive to mark the US publication of my book The Story Of The Face: The Magazine That Changed Culture.

The run of exhibition – which includes photography and articles on figures from New York’s creative community from Robert de Niro, Madonna and Chloe Sevigny to Philip Glass, Mobb Deep and James Chance – will coincide with New York Fashion Week and International Women’s Day.

There will also be events tied into the show, which is free to entry for visitors to the Sonos SoHo store.

January 17 – April 30 2018
The Story Of The Face x London
21-23 Earlham Street
Seven Dials

Exhibition + events

I am curating this exhibition of original magazine covers and spreads, as well as photographic enlargements and material from The Face founder Nick Logan’s archive in the wake of the publication of my book The Story Of The Face: The Magazine That Changed Culture.

The run of exhibition – which includes photography and articles on figures from London’s’s creative community from Jazzie B, Neneh Cherry and Chloe Sevigny to Sade, Siouxsie Sioux, Kate Moss and Damon Albarn – will coincide with London Fashion Week and International Women’s Day.

There will also be events tied into the show, which is free to entry for visitors to the Sonos Seven Dials store.

March 8 2018
Fast Talks


I shall be participating in the round table discussion Fast Talks about media and fashion at this event which kicks off Lisbon Fashion Week.

June 6 – August 19 2018
PRINT! Tearing It Up
Independent magazines changing the world

Terrace Rooms
Somerset House

Exhibition + events

With Somerset House senior curator Claire Catterall I am curating this exhibition charting the evolution of polemic and progressive print publications and celebrates the current diverse industry of innovative independent magazines.

Many of the magazines address the unspoken issues of the day, including diversity, gender, sexuality and media manipulation. Beginning with BLAST, the Vorticist journal produced in June 1914, the exhibition traverses through the pacifist Peace News of 1930s, the biting satire of Private Eye (first published in the 1960s and still Britain’s best-selling current affairs magazine), the seminal feminist magazine founded in the 1970s Spare Rib, the cult-pop phenomenon of The Face in the 1980s and 90s and the D.I.Y zines, created by teenage feminist collectives in the 00s.

Burying the belief that print is dead, the number of niche magazines is booming in Britain with the likes of gal-dem and Mushpit launching in the past decade. PRINT! Tearing It Up will focus on the contemporary market of magazines, looking at the latest line of publishing pioneers. It will examine demand for print in a digital era and envisage the future of these independent titles.

PRINT! Tearing It Up is at the Terrace Rooms, Somerset House, from June 8 to August 22, 2018. More details here.

March 2019
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 media, 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.


February 8 2018
Stories Of the Face
100 Greene Street
New York


To coincide with my exhibition at the Sonos flagship store in New York’s SoHo, I hosted this in-conversation about the enduring influence of The Face magazine with photographer Janette Beckman, The Clash tour manager Kosmo Vinyl and DJ Noodles.

February 6 2018
Book signing party
400 Bleecker St
New York NY 10014,


At this special event, I signed copies of my book The Story Of the Face: The Magazine That Changed Culture at Marc Jacobs’ bookstore in New York’s West Village.

November 16 2017 – January 7 2018
Song Stories: Bowie in London
21 Earlham Street
London WC2H 9LL

Exhibition + Map

To mark the opening of home leisure company Sonos’s first European store in London’s Seven Dials I curated a display of photographs of the late superstar taken in and around London by such photographers as Brian Duffy, Mike Maloney and Mick Rock.

Working with guide-makers Herb Lester Associates I also created a companion map of Bowie-connected addresses in central London. This is available from the outlet; the display is free to visit.

December 5 2017 – January 7 2018
Song Stories: Bowie x NYC
101 Greene Street
New York

Display + Map

I organised a display of photographs of the late superstar taken in New York by such photographers as Bob Gruen and Mick Rock.

Working with guide-makers Herb Lester Associates I also created a companion map of Bowie-connected addresses in Manhattan. This is available from the outlet; the display, which is free to visit, is opened by an in-store conversation about Bowie’s influence with Meredith Graves, MTV News front person and member of Perfect Pussy, Mark Mothersbaugh of Devo, Mick Rock and Nikki Sixx of Mötley Crüe.

December 15 2017
Oostenburgergracht 75


Organised by Amsterdam’s leading bookshop and magazine outlet Athenaeum, this evening event at the NewWerktheater was the Dutch launch of The Story Of The Face.

December 13 2017
In-store event
The Conran Shop
81 Fulham Road
London SW3


With The Conran Shop and Nick Logan, I hosted this evening to mark the publication of The Story Of The Face with drinks, book signings and “reminiscent sounds” from DJ Pippa Brooks.

December 4 2017
The Story Of The Face
Rough Trade East
Old Truman Brewery
91 Brick Lane
London E1 6QL

This event at one of London’s premier record shops included a book signing and presentation about my latest book.

November 2017
George Cox relaunch
Historical background

I am working with the classic British rock & roll  shoe brand – which introduced the creeper to the world in 1949 –  on providing historical context for its relaunch this autumn which includes a collaboration with Dover Street Market London.

Read my history of the company here.

November 28 2017
In Conversation with Chris Salewicz
Bookseller Crow
50 Westow Street
London SE19 3AF


This in-store marking the publication of The Story Of The Face included an in-conversation with journalist, author and Joe Strummer’s biographer Chris Salewicz, who worked with Nick Logan on the NME and was an early contributor to The Face.
Tickets and details here.

November 23 2017
Book signing
Paul Smith
46-48 Beak Street


This event was one of two collaborations regarding The Story Of The Face with Paul Smith, who has long been a supporter of my work. I signed copies of the book at his Soho store just around the corner from the location where Nick Logan launched The Face in 1980.

November 16 – 26 2017
Homme Libre
A22 Gallery


I was among the subjects of photographer Carla Borel’s exhibition of portraiture exploring themes of masculinity, strength and vulnerability.

More details here.

November 16 2017
The Story Of The Face: The Magazine That Changed Culture
Thames & Hudson

This is the definitive story of one of the most important and influential publications of recent times.

My 352-page book tells the story of the magazine from Nick Logan’s launch with £3,500 savings in 1980 to the sale to Emap 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.

Order copies here.

November 16 2017
In Conversation with Nick Logan and Jeremy Leslie
LVMH Theatre
Central Saint Martins
Kings Cross


To mark the publication of The Story Of The Face, Jeremy Leslie of London’s leading magazine outlet magCulture staged this event: a conversation between me, Leslie and the magazine’s founder/publisher Nick Logan. Ticket proceeds went to the Alzheimers Society.

Autumn/Winter 2017
Barney Bubbles x Fred Perry
Design collaboration

I oversaw this exciting collaboration with great British casual-wear brand Fred Perry for four limited edition t-shirts with four matching patches based on original artwork by the late graphic design legend Barney Bubbles. These are available online and via Fred Perry outlets around the world.

October 13 – November 11 2017
Run To Me: Derek Ridgers & Sam Jackson
Charlie Smith London
336 Old Street
London EC1V 9DR


I wrote the essay for the catalogue for this exhibition which brought together the work of painter Sam Jackson and photographer Derek Ridgers. Curator Faye Dowling said the show “celebrated the sacred ceremonies of excess, desire and experimentation which intoxicate our youth”.

More info here.
November 2 2017
ModMag 17
Conway Hall


With magazine luminaries such as Bertie Brandes of Mushpit and John L Walters of Eye, I am taking part in a panel discussion on the state of independence in magazine publishing at this annual symposium.
October 27 2017
Punk Is Dead: Modernity Killed Every Night
ed Richard Cabut & Andrew Gallix
Zero Books

Essay + interview

This compendium of think pieces on the phenomenon of punk includes a revised version of my essay about the milieu of mid-1970s Chelsea, The Flyaway-Collared Shirt, and the transcript of a conversation with Richard Cabut about the influence of the late Malcolm McLaren.

More info here.

October 27 2017
Brian Griffin
GOST Books


I contributed an essay about Brian Griffin’s working relationship and friendship with the late Barney Bubbles to this exhaustive collection of the British photographer’s music-related work 1978-87.

More info here.

October 6 2017
The Story Of The Face

My heavily illustrated article about the magazine which changed the culture is published in the November edition of GQ UK.

August 31 – September 23 2017
Barney Bubbles: Optics & Semantics
139 Lambeth Walk
London UK

With gallerist Rob Tufnell I organised this special exhibition at Tufnell’s new space in Vauxhall; the show is themed around ‘The AC/DC Desk’, the post-modern furniture piece designed by Barney Bubbles in 1982. Optics & Semantics includes objects designed by Bubbles of an office or domestic nature such as a rug featuring his artwork loaned by Billy Bragg, letterheads for performers and businesses, a wall-clock, watches, a recipe book and The Ian Dury Cocktail Cabinet.

Full details here.

August 4- 18 2017
Barney Bubbles exhibition
9 Henrietta Street
Covent Garden
London UK

To coincide with the collaboration with Fred Perry, I organised an exhibition of artwork relating to the the designs used, including displays of rare badges, stickers, programmes, posters and record sleeves such as the two dozen-plus variants of the Do It Yourself LP released by Ian Dury & The Blockheads and 1960s photography and tickets relating to the award-winning ‘Knockout R+B Here Tonight’ poster.
Details to be announced shortly

July 5 2017
King’s Road: Quant to Punk
Learning Centre
Victoria & Albert Museum
London, UK

My talk – with rare footage and images – was given as part of the study course London Life & Times: Medieval To Modern 1066-2000 at the V&A Learning Centre. More details here.

June 2017
The Safety Pin as fine jewellery
On The Rocks

The summer 2017 issue of the biannual magazine features my investigation into the incorporation of the safety pin in fine jewellery circles, from Cartier’s use in the 30s through Punk, street fashion and haute couture to contemporary practitioners such as Belmacz, Hannah Martin and Tom Binns as well as incorporation by leading stylists including Judy Blame.

June 2 2017
Das Spiel der Hoffnung
The Athenaeum
London UK
Invitation only

After the premiere of British artist Paul Kindersley’s new film Das Spiel der Hoffnung  I participated in an in-conversation and Q&A with Kindersley and Vienna-based performance artist/gallerist Salvatore Viviano.

March 23 2017
Before We Were Men: David Gwinnutt and guests 
National Portrait Gallery

I chaired a discussion between photographer David Gwinnutt,arts writer and curator Ian Massey and filmmaker John Maybury at this Late Shift event at the NPG. Jeffrey Hinton DJed and there were screenings of a selection of Maybury’s films.

More details here.

March 18 2017
Sartorial Style with Mark Powell
Study day
In conversation/q&a
Victoria & Albert Museum

As a contributor to the V&A study day Sartorial Style I conducted an in-conversation with London tailoring legend Mark Powell and presented a talk about The Face magazine and the development of menswear in the 1980s and 1990s.

More details here.

March 2 2017
A life and work in art, design, fashion & media
Nottingham Trent University

I was invited by Matthew Gill, NTU lecturer in fashion communication and promotion, to deliver a talk to the school of art and design students about my life in art, design, fashion and media.

March 2 2017
The Face
Raw Print
The Lacehouse

I delivered a talk on my forthcoming book about The Face magazine at this monthly get-together of Raw Print, Nottingham-based celebration of independent magazine-making. Visit Raw Print here.

January 23 2017
Curating Style

As part of Northampton University’s Futures Week I was invited by senior lecturer in design history & theory Will Hoon to talk about my practice in curating design, media and style online and in books, journalism, exhibitions and in my work with archives and collections.

October 27 2017
The Modern Magazine
Central Saint Martins
Granary Building
1 Granary Square
London NC1 4AA

I participated in this annual symposium organised by design studio + retail outlet Magculture, talking about the history and significance of The Face magazine. The other speakers included Christoph Amend of ZEIT, Kirsten Algera of MacGuffin, Gail Bichler of New York Times Magazine, Penny Martin of The Gentlewoman, Kai von Ribenau of mono.kultur and the Ladybeard team.
Tickets and more info here.

September 13 2016
London Stories: The Mod
Second Home
68-80 Hanbury St
London E1 5JL

The first in a three-part series of events, I joined DJ/scenester Jeff Dexter and host Bill Brewster to look at the beginnings of London club culture through the lens of one of the earliest and most influential style tribes – Mod. Tickets and more info here.

August 6 2016

Punk Fashion
British Film Institute

After a screening of Julien Temple’s Sex Pistol’s documentary The Filth & The Fury I took part in a discussion about visual style and culture surrounding punk with fashion historian Amber Butchart and Jordan Mooney, the sales assistant in Malcolm McLaren and Vivienne Westwood’s shops at 430 King’s Road who became a fashion inspiration and role model.

July 1 2016
Derek Boshier: Rebel Rebel
Catalogue essay
This Is Today, Gazelli Art House

My essay on Derek Boshier’s engagement with David Bowie and The Clash – which accompanied the 2012 exhibition of the British artist’s work in this sphere at Pallant House Gallery – is reproduced in the catalogue for This Is Today, the exhibition held at London’s Gazelli Art House gallery in spring 2016.

Summer 2016
Magic Kingdom: Malcolm McLaren “Fashion Every Time”
Man About Town S/S 16 issue

I worked with the editorial team at Man About Town, leading fashion photographer Alasdair McLellan and prominent stylist Olivier Rizzo on the extensive 52-page cover feature tracing Malcolm McLaren’s lifelong forays into fashion design, drawing on the extensive archive of rare and one-off pieces, some owned and worn by to the late cultural iconoclast, others from my own archive. I also provided a 5,000 word essay on McLaren’s significance in the realms of contemporary art, design and fashion.

July 2016

I contributed an overview on the late Malcolm McLaren’s engagement with art, design, music and media to the new US youth culture magazine from Citizens of Humanity.

June 29 2016
King’s Road: Quant to Punk
Learning Centre
Victoria & Albert Museum
London, UK

I gave a 45-minute lecture  – complete with rare footage and images – as part of the study course London 1851-2000: Swinging London at the V&A Learning Centre. Other contributors include Robin Muir on John Deakin and Soho and Barry Curtis on the story of the capital’s music and arts scenes.

May 20, 2016
The legacy of Malcolm McLaren: The Clothes
Panel discussion
ICA, The Mall, London SW1Y 5AH

I took part in this panel discussion on the fashion legacy of the late cultural iconoclast Malcolm McLaren.

Chaired by Young Kim of the Malcolm McLaren Estate, the other participants were McLaren/Westwood’s design assistant Simon Withers and Ben Reardon, editor of Man About Town.

The panel was followed by the launch of Man About Town S/S 16 in partnership with specialist dealer Idea Books.

April 14 – 29, 2016
111 Interiors
Windows Gallery 1, Central Saint Martins, 1 Granary Square, N1C 4AA

As a speaker at Prof Ben Kelly’s ICA symposium Dead Or Alive – Interior Design, I was invited to contribute an image of an important interior to his exhibition at Central Saint Martins, and chose a 1972 David Parkinson photograph of a section of Patrick Casey and Malcolm McLaren’s redesign of the ground floor of 430 King’s Road as Let It Rock.

Find details of 111 Interiors here.

February 23 – April 16, 2016
The Conformist
Belmacz 45 Davies Street London W1K 4LX

Organised by artist Paul Kindersley, the exhibition drew its title from Bernardo Bertolucci’s cult 1970 film — a study in the conformist psychology of fascism — and brought together “artists, designers, writers, performers, utopians, outsiders, posers, perverts and other figures who have affronted or inverted the idea of ‘conformity’. By turns contemporary and arcane, gilded and abject, the exhibition celebrates those aspects of creativity that have skirted on the perimeter of the ‘mainstream’”.
I contributed exhibits, including works by the late cultural iconoclast Malcolm McLaren and photographer David Parkinson.

April 1 2016
Future Cities V Conference
University of Greenwich, Old Royal Naval College, Park Row, London SE10 9LS

I delivered the keynote talk at this, Greenwich University’s fifth annual conference on urban and architectural issues.

March 23 2016
Bowie x Fashion
David Bowie: Oooh Fashion!

I contributed an essay on the late David Bowie’s relationship with fashion designers in the 70s to this online project which also features a film by SHOWStudion’s Nick Knight of the 2003 shoot of Kate Moss in Bowie’s stage costumes for British Vogue

March 23 2016
The Conformist panel discussion
Talk host
Artreview Bar 1 Honduras Street London EC1

I am a contributor to this panel discussion about non-conformity in all its forms with The Conformist curator Paul Kindersley, musician Jah Wobble and journalist Lou Stoppard. This is an invite-only event.

March 12 2016
A Pop Culture Treasure Trove: Freddie Hornik’s Granny Takes A Trip scrapbook
GQ Style S/S 16

This extensive feature focuses on the scrapbook maintained by the late Freddie Hornik between his stewardship of the Granny Takes A Trip stores in London, New York and LA in the early 70s to his death in 2009.

March 16 2016
Fashion x Music
University of Westminster School Of Media, Arts & Design, Harrow Campus, Watford Road, Harrow, Middx

At the invitation of course leader Petsa Kaffens I gave a fully illustrated talk to UAL fashion journalism about the intersection of popular music and fashion and street style from the post-war period to the present day.

February 23, 2016
Nicer Tuesdays
It’s Nice That

Punk, printing, photography and type were the themes of this months event from design site It’s Nice That. I discussed the Punk London map; other speakers included photographer June Calypso, graphic designer/writer Sarah Hyndman and graphic designer Fraser Muggeridge. Read more here.

February 15, 2016
Listed Londoner
Robert Elms, BBC London Live 94.9FM

I waschosen for this spot on the long-running popular BBC local radio station to talking about my London, the best bits and the most exciting places which figure in my personal history. Hear here.

February 12, 2016
Punk London: In The City 1975-78
Published by Herb Lester Associates

This map is a collaboration with Herb Lester Associates – publishers of The Look Of London – detailing 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.

Copies are £6 each from 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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