➤ Boy George says the 70s were the best time ever to be a teenager — yep, really!

➢ The Guardian is the first paper off the mark to report Graham Smith’s imminent photo-book on 80s clubland, We Can Be Heroes — with an opinion piece today from Boy George

1980: Clare Thom, Philip Sallon and George O’Dowd on a coach trip to Margate. Photograph by Graham Smith/grsmith@mac.com.jpg from his book We Can Be Heroes

➢ Graham Smith’s intimate portraits perfectly evoke a time when the world seemed destined to be taken over by the young with only the help of a spot of eyeliner — slideshow at The Guardian

➢ We Can Be Heroes is a proposed “crowd-funded” book of pictures that won’t get printed until 1,200 people purchase a copy in advance. To contribute, visit Unbound.co.uk

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